"Last Remaining Seats" Shows Great Films in L.A.'s Preserved Movie Palaces.

One of the great traditions of summer in LA is the "Last Remaining Seats" film festival, hosted by the LA Conservancy, an organization dedicated to the preservation of LA's architectural legacy. During the summer, the Conservancy shows a classic film each Wednesday and Saturday at one of the preserved movie palaces on Broadway in downtown LA, usually including a panel discussion of the film featuring the film's stars, director or other associated talent, plus live performances and other entertainment. Proceeds from the film series have been responsible for helping preserve these historical monuments for future generations. Lobby of the Los Angeles Theater, evoking the palace of Versailles

What is a Movie Palace?

Newcomers to LA, as well as many long-time Angelenos, are often surprised to learn that there are more original Broadway-style theaters on LA's Broadway than there are in New York! Some of these beautiful old theaters were built for live theater or vaudeville, while others were designed for the golden age of American movies, from the 1930's through the 1940's, when film studios spent lavish sums to create a destination experience at each theater. As LA theater designer S. Charles Lee used to say, "The show begins on the sidewalk", meaning that the theater itself should entertain and inform audiences before the show even starts. To do this, Broadway theater designers used to build their designs around themes that evoked the grandeur of the world's great architecture. Existing theaters on LA's Broadway still evoke exotic cultures from France's Versailles palace to Mayan temples, Spanish cathedrals, ancient Greece and Rome and renaissance Europe. The oldest theaters have pipe organs that were included to accompany silent films, and some theaters include restaurants, ballrooms and lavish lobbies with ornate furnishings. Many of the Broadway movie palaces fell into disrepair during the 1950's to the 1990's and few are open to the public except for special events like the Last Remaining Seats screenings. Don't miss this opportunity to experience these glories of Hollywood's golden age while watching a classic film on the big screen!

June 2016 Screenings

For tickets, please visit the LA Conservancy website. The 2016 schedule is below: Top Gun (1986) Saturday, June 4 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Los Angeles Theatre (1931) To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Wednesday, June 8 at 8 p.m. Million Dollar Theatre (1918) Some Like It Hot (1959) Saturday, June 11 at 8 p.m. Los Angeles Theatre (1931) Dos tipos de cuidado (1953) Wednesday, June 15 at 8 p.m. Palace Theatre (1911) Co-presented with the Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles Singin’ in the Rain (1952) Saturday, June 18 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. The Theatre at Ace Hotel (1927) Double Indemnity (1944) Wednesday, June 22 at 8 p.m. The Theatre at Ace Hotel (1927) Safety Last! (1923) Saturday, June 25 at 8 p.m. Orpheum Theatre (1926)