This Week At The New Bev: Classic French Crime Thrillers, Lee Van Cleef Spaghetti Westerns, Troma 35th Anniversary, Charles Bronson, the Grindhouse Film Fest & More!

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This Week At The New Beverly

Our full April calendar is online!

Friday & Saturday April 16 & 17

Classic French Crime Thrillers!

Elevator to the Gallows
1958, France, 88 minutes
directed by Louis Malle, original music by Miles Davis, starring Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Georges Poujouly, Yori Bertin
Fri: 7:30; Sat: 2:50 & 7:30, Watch The Trailer!

Has the brisk craftsmanship and efficiency of classic French cinema and a breathless hint of the energy of the New Wave that was but a few years away.- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

As French crime thrillers go, this is about as good as it gets.
- Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle

- plus on the same bill -

Le cercle rouge
1970, France, 140 minutes
written & directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
starring Alain Delon, Yves Montand, Bourvil, Gian Maria Volonté
Fri: 9:20; Sat: 4:40 & 9:20, Watch The Trailer!

Le Cercle Rouge reveals itself as a film whose subtle touch only adds to the tension and suspense it generate.- All Movie Guide

Le Cercle Rouge offers the kind of experience that makes you glad movies exist.- A.O. Scott, New York Times

Friday April 16

This Will Be Our Last Basterds Screening For A While -
Don't Miss Your Chance To See It Again On The Big Screen!

Inglourious Basterds
2009, USA / Germany, 153 minutes
dir. Quentin Tarantino, starring Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger, Daniel Brühl, Til Schweiger, Michael Fassbender, Omar Doom & More!
11:59pm, All Tickets $7, Watch The Trailer!

4 Stars - Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" is a big, bold, audacious war movie that will annoy some, startle others and demonstrate once again that he's the real thing, a director of quixotic delights.- Roger Ebert

Saturday April 17

Amoeba Music & Phil Blankenship present
New Beverly Midnights

10 to Midnight
1983, USA, 101 minutes
dir. J. Lee Thompson, starring Charles Bronson, Lisa Eilbacher, Andrew Stevens, Gene Davis, Geoffrey Lewis, Wilford Brimley
11:59pm, All Tickets $7, Watch The Trailer!

Zero Stars - This is a scummy little sewer of a movie- Roger Ebert

This sleazy yet surprisingly compelling combination of cop thriller and slasher movie is one of the better Charles Bronson vehicles from the early 1980's. 10 To Midnight is anchored by the battle of wills between its two leads: Bronson hits the right combination of self-righteousness and grizzled dark humor... and Gene Davis is downright blood-chilling. When they face off during the film's climax, it's the stuff of b-movie legends. - All Movie Guide

Sunday & Monday April 18 & 19

A Lee Van Cleef Spaghetti Western double bill!

Death Rides a Horse
1967, Italy, 114 minutes
directed by Giulio Petroni, music by Ennio Morricone
starring Lee Van Cleef, John Phillip Law, Mario Brega, Luigi Pistilli, Anthony Dawson, José Torres, Franco Balducci
Sun: 3:05 & 7:30; Mon: 7:30, Watch The AMAZING Trailer!

Listed as one of Quentin Tarantino's Top 10 Favorite Spaghetti Westerns on the Spaghetti Western Database

Replete with baroque torture and acid flashbacks, Death Rides a Horse unfolds in a starkly primitive world - if not a desert on the planet Mars. The Ennio Morricone score (quoted in the magpie assemblage that is Kill Bill) is among the maestro's most striking.
- J. Hoberman, Village Voice

- plus on the same bill -

1969, Italy, 111 minutes
dir. Gianfranco Parolini, starring Lee Van Cleef, William Berger, Ignazio Spalla, Aldo Canti, Franco Ressel
Sun: 5:20 & 9:45; Mon: 9:45, Watch The Trailer!

The film is packed with colorful characters, exotic weapons, and action scenes that mix wild stunts with pyrotechnics. Sabata is likely to make fun viewing for Euro-cult fans and anyone interested in an offbeat Western.- All Movie Guide

Tuesday April 20

Eric Caidin and Brian Quinn
with Grindhouse Releasing present

The Grindhouse Film Festival

Admission: $8.00

Something Weird
1967, USA, 80minutes
directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis
starring Tony McCabe, Elizabeth Lee, William Brooker
7:30, Watch The WEIRD Trailer!

- plus on the same bill -

Pot, Parents and Police
aka The Cat Ate The Parakeet
1972, USA, 85 minutes - Not Available On DVD!
written & directed by Phillip Pine
starring Phillip Pine, Madelyn Keen, Robert Mantell, Johnny Legend
9:30, Watch The Trailer!

Wednesday April 21

Popcorn Mafia Live 100th Show Celebration
with Diablo Cody!

Please note: not a New Beverly presentation.
For more information, please visit

Academy Award winning screenwriter Diablo Cody is joining your hosts Grae Drake and Gariana Abeyta to celebrate the 100th episode of their movie review podcast! Also joining them are several special surprise guests, and a plethora of talent and hilarity.

The 80s are in the spotlight for this event, as the trio is reviewing WALL STREET (1984) and ZAPPED! (1982). Don't forget that the show is more fun if you've seen the movies beforehand...and also, if you come dressed as your favorite 80s icon, you are entered to win a super special PRIZE at the end of the night.

PLEASE NOTE: THE MOVIES ARE NOT BEING SCREENED, it is just an entertaining review of the 2 films. The pre-show show is burlesque, 18+ adults only. Be prepared to show ID upon entering the venue.

Thursday April 22

Troma 35th anniversary
with Lloyd Kaufman IN PERSON!

The Toxic Avenger
1984, USA, 82 minutes
directed by Michael Herz & Lloyd Kaufman
starring Mitch Cohen, Andree Maranda, Jennifer Prichard, Mark Torgl
7:30, Watch The Trailer!

One of the most gleefully violent and tasteless super-human hero films ever to have been committed to celluloid- All Movie Guide

[It] may be trash, but it has a maniacally farcical sense of humor, and Tromaville's evildoers are dispatched in ingenious ways.
- Stephen Holden, New York Times

- plus on the same bill -

Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead
2006, USA, 103 minutes
dir. Lloyd Kaufman, starring Jason Yachanin, Kate Graham, Allyson Sereboff, Robin Watkins, Joshua Olatunde
9:30, Watch The Trailer!

A heaping helping of political incorrectness gleefully spiced to offend just about every sentient being.- Michael Ordoña, LA Times

Poultrygeist is as savage as Dawn of the Dead, as slapstick nutzoid as Evil Dead 2, as gag-on-your-popcorn gross as Pink Flamingos, and as dementedly foulmouthed literate as a Kevin Smith raunchfest. It's genuine sick fun, and there isn't a boring moment in it.- Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly


Advance tickets may be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets by clicking HERE. Advance tickets are not sold at the box office.

Currently, only general admission tickets may be purchased via this link. Discounted student, senior, etc. tickets may not be purchased in advance at this time. As always, any available tickets will also be sold at the theater box office the day of the event. Purchasing advance tickets is generally unnecessary for most shows, as the only programs that ever come close to selling out are special event shows with special guests, etc. Plenty of tickets are available at the door for nearly all of our programs.

Coming Soon:

23&24: Never On Sunday & Irma la douce
24: Terror in the Aisles
25-27: Gone With The Wind
28&29: The Children's Hour & Sunday Bloody Sunday

8: Raw Meat (1972)
16&17: Alice in Wonderland (1933)
22: George Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968)
29: John Frankenheimer's 99 and 44/100% Dead

Schedule subject to change

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