Last Remaining Seats, that celluloid-trimmed valentine from the LA Conservancy to movie lovers across LA Land, bows on May 27, meaning many things at once. Summer's here, kind of. That the architechtural wonders that dot Broadway downtown will once again shine for a night or two. And that movie fans will be out in happy droves.
Very drove-y, we might add. All six of the Last Remaining Seats evenings are sold out save one; and, as one might expect, opening night is as well. Well, we understand why: "The Sting" is the feature presentation; Paul Newman, Robert Redford, rakish fedoras, hot scheming, ragtime-y Joplin music=smiling audience people.
Plus Mr. Charles Phoenix, that master of razzmatazz, is introducing the night, along with the great Bob Mitchell on the Wurlitzer.
Plus plus, the Orpheum Theatre, that fantasy jewel of a movie palace, is the venue. We always aim to dress exactly like Nora Charles from "The Thin Man" when we go, but we never pull the look together quite in time. A goal.
Finally, a bright light for those without opening night tickets. The Conservancy says there will be a stand-by line. We'd try it, but then again, Redford, Newman, Joplin, capers in a period setting, etc. Do we have a choice? Doors 7PM. Wednesday, May 27. The Orpheum. $20 general