Beverly Hills

Happy 86th, Fine Arts Theatre: Enjoy 25-Cent Films at the Beverly Hills Cinema

The vintage one-screener is celebrating throughout April with a sweet throwback special.

Fine Arts Theatre

What to Know

  • The Fine Arts Theatre is located at 8556 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills
  • The one-screen cinema has become known as a go-to spot for independent, classic, and foreign favorites
  • To celebrate its 86th anniversary, movie prices will drop to 25 cents in honor of the theater's 1937 opening; check the site to view the films and details

We love to swoon over super-fancy movie palaces, those dramatically decorated, fabulously festooned, often baroque wonders with vaulted ceilings and mondo buttresses and the biggest screens we've ever seen.

But Los Angeles is home to a host of smaller theaters that are just as impressive and fabulous as their more sizable siblings, those beautifully realized rooms that feel both intimate and elegant.

This legendary lineup of smaller spaces includes the Fine Arts Theatre, a storied Beverly Hills cinema that has been welcoming cineastes seeking a classy but cozy movie-watching experience for over eight decades.

The venue, which sits just west of La Cienega Boulevard on Wilshire Boulevard, debuted as The Regina in 1937. A remodeled followed, and a few name changes, as well as a regal return to its beautiful Art Deco appearance, complete with an eye-catching marquee.

Now the theater is marking 86 cinematic years with screenings of classic movies throughout April, films that are all rocking the oh-so-1937 admission price of 25 cents.

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Do check the schedule before you go — the movies screen on select dates at specific times — and purchasing your seat ahead of time is recommended.

"That Girl From Paris" and "The Great Race" are also on the April 2023 schedule, with tickets priced at, you guessed it, 25 cents. Several other lauded films are on the roster, so be sure to peruse the full list at the theater's site.

The month will feature some special live events as well. Karen Knotts, daughter of actor Don Knotts, will appear at the theater on April 22 in a one-woman show. The "Tied Up in Knotts!" salute looks back at the work of the comedy legend, known for "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" and several other classics.

A "cabaret"-style tribute show honoring actor Buddy Ebsen, with iconic clips and remembrances, will take place on April 30; "My Buddy, the Other Side of Oz" will feature an appearance by the actor's daughter Kiki Ebsen (Ms. Ebsen will perform with a four-piece band, sure to be a treat in the space).

A general ticket for each live evening is $30; you can find more information on the theater's site.

Updated April 8

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