Movies in Terminal Island

Film, Panel, or Workshop at Long Beach Indie International Film Festival on August 28, 29, or 31 (Up to 50% Off)

Long Beach Indie International Film Festival

Cinemark at the Pike Theaters

$10 $5

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100+ films from across the globe, including shorts, feature-length narratives, and documentaries, along with workshops and political panels

The LA Feline Film Festival for One or Two Adults or Two Adults and Two Children on September 21 (Up to 50% Off)

The LA Feline Film Festival

Exposition Park

$15 $10

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Internet cat videos join appearances by real cats and celebrity cats, with proceeds going to rescue groups

Film-Event Admission for Two or Four at Sistah Sinema (50% Off)

Sistah Sinema

Los Angeles

$10 $5

Monthly event showcases films by queer women of color and leads into a safe group discussion of the film and subject

Pulp Fiction or A Hard Day's Night and Cookie Pizza for Two or Four at Street Food Cinema (Up to 36% Off)

Street Food Cinema

Multiple Locations

$54 $35

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In the open air of a park, musicians rock out before showings of Pulp Fiction or A Hard Day's Night as guests nosh on cookie pizza

Movie, Soda, and Popcorn for Two or Four at American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre or Egyptian Theatre (Up to 57% Off)

Aero Theatre or Egyptian Theatre

Multiple Locations

$37 $18

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Historic cinemas screen festival hits and revivals; upcoming shows include Raging Bull, Jaws, and The Shining

HollyShorts Film Festival at TCL Chinese Theatre and Roosevelt Hotel on August 14–23 (Up to 50% Off)

HollyShorts Film Festival

Multiple Locations

$70 $35

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Celebrity jurors dole out awards for short films, commercials, music videos, science-fiction flicks, and animation

Best of 48 FILM Project at The Directors Guild of America on Tuesday, September 2 (Up to 50% Off)

Best of 48 FILM Project

The Directors Guild of America

$30 $15

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Awards ceremony and screenings of the winners of a short film competition that requires pieces to be completed in 48 hours

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Like many great movies, the San Pedro International Film Festival began with a little romance. In 2012, the festival's inaugural year, a comedy-drama titled Silver Linings Playbook made its LA festival premiere, screening alongside other inspirational films with unique and global perspectives—reflective of the city's diverse culture. Silver Linings Playbook won Best Feature film, and a few months later, in the same city, went on to take home more than a dozen heavy-weight awards.

SPIFF, as the festival calls itself, shows its commitment to great cinematic works in ways that go beyond honoring excellent movies. The festival dives into the inner workings of the film industry with workshops and speakers slotted between its screenings. And before the festival even begins, a two-day Youth Film Intensive held at San Pedro's Croatian Cultural Center introduces budding Spielbergs to techniques in storytelling and structure, as well as the ins-and-outs of casting, producing, and sneaking subliminal messages into the title credits.

478 West 6th Street
San Pedro,
CA
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Established: 1996

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Parking: Free street parking after 6 p.m. and all day Sunday

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Films and Concerts

Recommended Age Group: All Ages with parental guidance

Q&A with Joleen D'rage, Deputy Director

What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?

The Warner Brothers believed a glamorous picture palace should be a place of escape, a place where dreams come true. They built three lavish art deco picture palaces in Beverly Hills, Huntington Park, and San Pedro. The Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, the first sound-equipped theatre in the South Bay, opened to the public on January 20, 1931, with a star-studded gala premier. Jack Warner christened it "The Castle of Your Dreams," created by its chief architect B. Marcus Priteca and designer A.T. Heinsbergen.

What?s your favorite part of your job?

Engaging and inspiring our community through the arts.

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In the mid-1990s, we saved the Warner Grand Theatre, a spectacular 1931 art deco movie palace and cornerstone of the town's revitalization. (Plans were to turn it into a swap meet.) Today, we promote and preserve this beautiful theater while also presenting events and educational experiences at the Theatre and at the Grand Annex, our cabaret-style venue down the street.

420 W 6th St
San Pedro,
CA
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Since its maiden voyage in 1936, The Queen Mary has cultivated a colorful history by transporting iconic figures from Winston Churchill to Fred Astaire across the ocean blue, as well as serving as troop transport in a world war. Today, passengers board the famous ocean liner to tour historical and haunted areas amidships or stay overnight in an onboard hotel. Visitors rub elbows at seasonal soirees and dive into historical exhibits, fueling up at restaurants, bars, and cafés for a literal taste of The Queen Mary's brand of luxury.

1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach,
CA
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According to its website, the Art Theatre offers visitors the experience of "gourmet sight, sound, and taste," a proclamation that speaks to its enthusiastic mission as an independent theater and living tribute to the Golden Age of Hollywood. Originally erected in 1924 as a single-screen silent movie house, the renovated building now boasts updated décor that reflects its original design. Art-deco and streamline-moderne accents such as columns, studio lights, and blue velvet curtains surround the singular film screen, which is still powered by horses. On most nights, the theater screens an eclectic program of modern independent works, documentaries, classic and foreign films, animation, and recorded opera. During other evenings, they host live music performances. The silver screen isn't the Art Theatre's only draw: it also houses a wine bar, where the staff serves international vintages paired with gourmet snacks, and a coffee bar, where they pour mugs of Illy coffee.

2025 E 4th St
Long Beach,
CA
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Since 1965, millions of people have traveled to the The Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet open air market in search of great deals. More than 500 vendors spread out across more than 16 acres and tempt bargain-hunters with everything from graphic tees to paper lanterns.

Still, shopping is hardly the only thing to do here?there's also a food court with picnic tables and beer stands. Under the food court's covered-patio section, live bands perform daily. On the weekend, bands play Latin music and cover bands revive the catalogs of everyone from Led Zeppelin to The Smiths. Families can groove to tunes on the dance floor or watch performances by folk ballet dancers or a stray napkin that caught a rather rhythmic gust of wind.

13963 Alondra Blvd.
Santa Fe Springs,
CA
US

Over the course of the summer, Street Food Cinema rolls out more than a dozen events that showcase the greatest hits of the silver screen and the LA food-truck scene. When the gates open, guests spread blankets on the grass and pop open coolers. Live bands play until dusk, when crowd-pleasing movies such as Fight Club and The Sandlot across the big screen. Meanwhile, a rotating food-truck schedule assembles a diverse curbside lineup, which might include asian-inspired tacos from Komodo or the gooey delights of The Grilled Cheese Truck. Their events also feature movie-themed games projected on the big screen for audience participation. During showcases, artisan vendors are on hand selling fresh baguettes, fine meats, and sweets for purchase.

Street Food Cinema's eclectic assemblage of food, music, and films has picked up attention beyond the park's bounds, snagging mentions on NBC4 and in the Huffington Post's Broke Girls Guide. Other videos of the events in action can be seen here. It's also become known for its philanthropic work: each year the organization supports one designated local charity.

700 Exposition Park Dr.
Los Angeles,
CA
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