We don't use the term "movie idol" all that much these days. Stars have been taken down a few pegs, by numerous outlets, and now "celebrity" is the sobriquet of the modern era.
But movie idols reigned in the days of the movie palace, those ornate, high-ceilinged structures rife with curlicues and flourishes and stylistic themes. LA is home to a few -- some in good repair, some needing a little TLC -- and the Los Angeles Conservancy pays homage to them, each June, via Last Remaining Seats.
It's a lively look-back series that celebrates movie idols and big big movies, and, nope, that doesn't just encompass the 1940s and '50s. Films for the 1980s have been popular choices for Last Remaining Seats in recent years, with "Back to the Future" playing to a packed house, twice, at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in 2014.
As for the 2015 schedule? The preservation organization began to tease that out at the end of January via its social media pages. The final announcement was hinted at on Facebook on Feb. 3, and if you are guessing it involves a fedora, a whip, and an idol or two -- yep, we're including Harrison Ford there -- you'd be correct.
"Raiders of the Lost Ark" is the final film of the June series, and like its '80s counterpart from 2014, it will screen at The Theatre at Ace Hotel twice over a single day. That day is Saturday, June 27.
Running up to "Raiders" on various Wednesdays and Saturdays through June, at various landmark theaters including the Orpheum and Million Dollar Theatre? "Psycho," "City Lights," "Dios se lo pague/God Bless You," "How to Marry a Millionaire," and "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory."
Film historians, cast members, and special guests have a way of showing up before screenings, so audience members should expect some sort of insight-filled chit chat before the curtain rises.
As for tickets? LA Conservancy members get a first crack at them, on March 25, and the general public can secure their admissions on April 8.