It's been far too long since I've caught a double feature at the New Beverly Cinema, but the theater will always hold a place in my heart for its role in my discovery of the films of John Woo and Jackie Chan. After reporting on the possible demise of my favorite theater in the world a few months back, it sadly came as no surprise that the New Beverly was also in financial trouble.
Fortunately, it has a guardian angel. From CHUD.com:
That was about when I ran into [Quentin Tarantino] at Sundance. He confirmed to me that he was paying the theater's rent and that he was looking in to buying it. Who would have imagined it would have taken years for it to go through? But it has, and now Quentin Tarantino is officially the owner of the New Beverly.
But don't expect the theater to suddenly turn into Tarantinoland (although they have been playing midnights of Reservoir Dogs for years, and recently started doing midnights of Inglorious Basterds). Tarantino has always let Sherman's son, Michael, run the business as he wanted to, with the input of the beautiful Julia Marchese and the slightly less beautiful but very brilliant Phil Blankenship. They, along with Michael, make the New Bev work day in and day out, and Tarantino occasionally steps in to program something special.
And so the New Beverly is safe. And it will be safe for some time to come - "As long as I'm alive, and as long as I'm rich, the New Beverly will be there, showing double features in 35mm," Tarantino said.
Best of all, it's only $7 for a double feature. Let's help make this worth Tarantino's investment.
New Beverly Cinema (official site)