Los Angeles has plenty of film series—from rooftop screenings to viewings among the dead—but none are as centered around the city’s unique architectural history as the LA Conservancy’s Last Remaining Seats program.
The series brings classic films to some of LA’s finest movie palaces, constructed in era of unprecedented growth for the city and the movie business alike.
In past years, Last Remaining Seats has been centered around Downtown LA, but this year, the program is expanding its reach a bit. In addition to showings at historic Broadway venues such as the Million Dollar and Los Angeles theaters, the series will also include a pair of screenings at San Pedro’s lovely Warner Grand Theatre.
Completed in 1931, the building was designed by architect B. Marcus Priteca, while Antoon B. Heinsbergen orchestrated the elaborate Art Deco interior. Purchased by the city of Los Angeles in 1996, the theater now serves as an events venue maintained by a nonprofit organization called the Grand Vision Foundation.
In addition to the Warner Grand, Los Angeles, and Million Dollar theaters, screenings in this year’s series will be staged at the Orpheum, Palace, and the Theatre at the Ace Hotel. Films on the schedule—which runs from June 7 through June 24—include contemporary classics E.T. and LA Confidential as well as films from Hollywood’s Golden Age: Easter Parade and On the Waterfront.
Tickets are $22, and are available at the LA Conservancy’s website.