In 1938, Kurt and Max Laemmle, the nephews of Universal Pictures founder Carl Laemmle, opened their very own movie house dedicated to Hollywood and foreign pictures alike. Though it's since grown to encompass seven locations, Laemmle Theaters is still a family-run business that remains dedicated to its original mission.
A mix of blockbuster and art-house flicks are projected digitally into auditoriums with stadium seating, and share showtimes with special events such as premieres and one-night screenings. To spotlight smaller films, the Sneak Preview Club features upcoming movies for free, an easier way to see new releases than changing your name to Steven Spielberg. Complement each cinematic voyage with one of Laemmle Theaters' classic concessions, such as popcorn drenched in real butter.
Couched in the stadium seats of luxury, patrons at Muvico Theaters enjoy the latest blockbusters in crystal-clear Sony 4K digital projection. Moving D-Box seats in certain movie houses take the motion-picture experience to the next level, and huge armrests in the Premier section leave room for midmovie dining and premovie thumb wars. Muvico also shows golden oldies in addition to new releases and live events, such as live comedy, sporting events, and beer and wine tastings
If El Portal Theatre looks familiar, that's because it probably is. The legendary space has starred in Modern Family, Glee, and Last Comic Standing, and has guest starred in dozens of piano-recital nightmares. Built as a vaudeville house in 1926, the venue has earned its celebrity status, welcoming performers such as Jason Alexander, Bea Arthur, and The Manhattan Transfer to its stage over the years. After an extensive renovation, El Portal now boasts three stages that host everything from small comedy shows to Broadway performances.
Endorsed by the Parents Television Council and featured on Lifetime Television, Family Values Cinema scours libraries and cutting rooms for family-friendly, G- and PG-rated movies and delivers them to busy parents. A discerning squad of moms prescreens each film, selecting only those with clean language, minimal violence, and a lack of scary clowns for the Family Values Cinema library. Kin clans then receive the moms' latest picks in the mail, such as Kayla, about a boy who discovers a sled dog in the wilderness, and The Last Brickmaker in America, in which a widower, played by Academy Award–winner Sidney Poitier, rekindles his spirit by mentoring a troubled teen. Groupon-holding families receive one Family Values Movie Night package (valued at $10.90) containing a total of four movies, plus a discussion guide and family activity that go with each film. Hungry critics-in-training can also enjoy movie-themed foods prepared from the enclosed recipe cards, while the package's trio of films about firefighters, police officers, and rescue workers (a $15.90 value) gets kids extinguishing fake fires, resuscitating cat-maimed Barbies, and chasing imaginary identity thieves.
The independently owned Roxy Stadium 11 regales patrons with the flickering pictures and digital sounds of the latest blockbusters and the sizable snack bar. A colorful lobby greets guests as they meander past towering pillars that stretch toward an arched ceiling swathed in neon lights and bold swaths of royal blue. Aisles of cushioned auditorium seats allow moviegoers to choose the spot closest to the screen or furthest from the person sobbing emphatically during coming attractions. High-tech projectors digitally unspool films in each theater, with RealD 3-D technology transmitting some flicks in three vibrant dimensions. To silence distracting mid-movie hunger pangs, staffers in the concessions area whip up fresh batches of Orville Redenbacher popcorn and Nathan's hot dogs alongside other traditional theater fare.
Over the course of three days, 51 films, various workshops, informative industry panels, dynamic parties, and live music coalesce to form the fourth annual Lady Filmmakers Film Festival. The festival both celebrates women’s contributions to the independent-movie industry and raises awareness about pertinent social issues facing women around the world. Participants can immerse themselves in films such as Bryce Dallas Howard’s When You Find Me and Olivia Wilde’s Free Hugs, and get cultured about being cultured in seminars on topics such as casting and producing scripts written entirely in Klingon. On the last day of the festival, the producers will bestow cinematographer Amy Vincent with the 2012 Moving Image Award, honoring her achievements in shooting films such as Hustle & Flow and Black Snake Moan. After spending the day learning and viewing films, guests can mingle at parties replete with hors d'oeuvres and live music; wine will be served on Friday and Saturday, and champagne will be added on Sunday.