Hollywood does like a good set of bookends. Need proof? Look no further than all of those sequels and spin-offs. If something can come in twos, well, that's far superior to a simple one, at least in the minds of many a movie-maker.
One of our favorite book-ending events happens just around the time the over-sized Oscar statuettes, the ones that dot the boulevard, are stored. It's the announcement of the LA Conservancy's Last Remaining Seats summertime cinema series.
Here's why we like to bookend it with the Academy Awards. On the one hand you have the newest movies, the ones getting all the contemporary attention. And, a week or two later, you have the Last Remaining Seats announcement, which celebrates early Tinseltown and those films that paved the way for all the films to come.
Call it the very-brand-new meeting the tried-and-true.
The Last Remaining Seats schedule was announced on Monday, March 1. The kick-off date for the series is Saturday, June 1.
As always, the cinema series happens over just a handful of weeks. Movie one? Why it's "To Catch a Thief," which is timely, given the recent bio pic "Hitchcock" (that screened at AFI FEST in November). "Casablanca" rounds out the series on June 29, and in the middle? "La Bamba," "My Fair Lady," "All About Eve," and "Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ" from 1925. With the exception of the first and last films, all movies screen on Wednesday evenings, and special guests regularly journey to our city's most historic movie palaces to chitchat about the presentation.
What to pick? They're all juicy, but "All About Eve," starring an arched-eyebrow Bette Davis? In a word, homina. That movie crackles.
Tickets go on sale to members on March 27 and the public on April 10.