This Week At The New Beverly: Two starring Marilyn Monroe, Grindhouse Film Fest and MORE!

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This Week At The New Beverly

Our full upcoming schedule is available online:

Thursday, November 4

Head down to the New Beverly Cinema this Thursday, November 4th, for a very special double-feature of vigilante and revenge films. For this special event we'll be starting off with our all-time favorite film in the genre, Bill Lustig's incredible VIGILANTE! Robert Forster stars as Eddie Marino, a hardworking family man whose life is shattered after an encounter with a vicious NY street gang. Abandoned by a system that doesn't care, he teams up with co-workers Fred Williamson, Richard Bright and Joeseph Carberry to rid the streets of the scum! A powerful film that always drives audiences wild, VIGILANTE also stars fan favorites Joe Spinell, Woody Strode, Carol Lynley and Steve James. As an added bonus, director Bill Lustig will be joined by stars Robert Forster, Fred Williamson and Frank Pesce for a post-film Q&A.

"You're not safe anymore... There's only one way to stop them..."

Following this we'll be showing the rarely screened TRACKDOWN starring Jim Mitchum, Karen Lamm, Anne Archer, Erik Estrada, Cathy Lee Crosby and John Kerry. When his younger sister leaves their Montana ranch to seek fame in Hollywood, Mitchum follows to keep an eye on her. He's too late, though, as soon after she arrives on the mean streets she is robbed, assaulted, kidnapped, and sold off to a pimp. Now it's up to Mitchum with help from social worker Crosby and Estrada to track her down and punish those responsible! As an extra bonus, co-star John Kerry (also seen as a cop in DOLEMITE and BLACK DYNAMITE) will be joining us and answering questions about working on the film.

The event starts at 7:30pm, and admission for the double-feature, raffle and reel of rare exploitation trailers is still only $8.00. You won't find a bigger bang for your entertainment dollar during this economic meltdown!

Eric Caidin and Brian Quinn
with Grindhouse Releasing present

The Grindhouse Film Festival

Robert Forster, Fred Williamson, Bill Lustig, Frank Pesce and John Kerry will appear IN PERSON, schedules permitting, to discuss!

Admission: $8.00

1983, USA, 90 minutes
directed by Bill Lustig, starring Robert Forster, Fred Williamson, Richard Bright, Rutanya Alda, Joseph Carberry, Willie Colon, Joe Spinell, Carol Lynley, Woody Strode and Frank Pesce


Friday - Thursday, November 5 - 11

Two Starring Marilyn Monroe

Cinephiles, especially those who frequent the New Beverly Cinema, may come to feel after a while that they've seen it all, or have at least come close to it. But that claim doesn't hold up if you haven't seen Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe as just two little girls from Little Rock (and if just that idea doesn't slay you, you need to cheer up!). You're in need if Russell knocking "Ain't There Anyone Here for Love" out of the park while surrounded by a gym full of muscular and hilariously, um, indifferent dancers is a musical number you have yet to witness. And certainly if you haven't gazed upon Monroe completely owning "Diamonds Are a Girls' Best Friend" on the big screen, then your cinematic education is sporting a gaping Technicolor hole. But it's your lucky week! There's a brand-new print of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) in town ready to fill in that hole - The New Beverly's got it, and it's a must-see. Hawks stages and films the musical numbers with a dazzling confidence, which makes all the more room for the cast's terrific chemistry and comic timing. Russell is the tart in the blend, while Monroe serves up the cream, and the two go together splendidly. But superb supporting help from the likes of Charles Coburn, Elliot Reid and little George Winslow, whose dry delivery makes it even easier to steal the scenery right out of Monroe's clutches, make for the very best diamond-encrusted cherry on top.

The antics don't stop with Hawks' glittering cruise chip musical comedy, however. The second half of a terrific Marilyn Monroe double feature is Billy Wilder's acerbic comedy The Seven-Year Itch (1953), starring Monroe as the upstairs neighbor who makes life a misery of temptation for the very married Tom Ewell. While the movie is not considered up to Wilder's usual standard, it's still packed with laughs born of desperation and fearless sexual innuendo. And it is the movie, after all, that gave birth to one of Monroe's most iconic poses-- a gust of wind from a passing subway car whooshing up through a sidewalk grating, lifting her billowing skirt above her knees and up toward the firmament of Hollywood legend while the superstar beams with unexpected pleasure.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
1953, USA, 91 minutes - Beautiful New 35mm Print!
directed by Howard Hawks, starring Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn, Elliott Reid, Tommy Noonan, George Winslow
Fri: 7:30; Sat & Sun: 3:40 & 7:30; Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs: 7:30

- plus on the same bill -

The Seven Year Itch
1955, USA, 105 minutes
directed by Billy Wilder, written by Billy Wilder & George Axelrod, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell, Evelyn Keyes, Sonny Tufts, Robert Strauss, Oskar Homolka, Marguerite Chapman
Fri: 9:25; Sat & Sun: 5:25 & 9:25; Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs: 9:25

Friday, November 5

Video-X-Pix & Midnight Grind present

Veronica Hart plus other special guests IN PERSON, schedules permitting, to discuss.

Wanda Whips Wall Street
1982, USA, 82 minutes
directed by Larry Revene, produced by Chuck Vincent, starring Veronica Hart, Jamie Gillis, Tish Ambrose, Ron Jeremy, Samantha Fox & more!
Fri: 11:59pm (Midnight), Adults 18+ ONLY w/ ID. All Tickets $7

Saturday, November 6

Amoeba Music & Phil Blankenship
present New Beverly Midnights

1982, Canada, 94 minutes - Not Available On DVD!
directed by Paul Lynch, starring Janet Julian, David Wallace, John Wildman, Janit Baldwin, Joy Boushel
11:59pm (Midnight), All Tickets $7


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:

12 & 13: Cassavetes' Shadows & The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
14 & 15: Samurai Rebellion & Sword Of Doom
16: Grindhouse Film Fest - Critters & The Children
17 & 18: Car Wash & Used Cars
19 & 20: Antonioni's Le amiche & The Passenger
21-23: Something Wicked This Way Comes & Escape To Witch Mountain
26 & 27: Tony Curtis in Sweet Smell of Success & Some Like It Hot
27: The Monster Squad
28 & 29: Two by Roger Corman starring Vincent Price - Tales of Terror & The Haunted Palace
30: Adam Green's Hatchet & Hatchet II - Uncut & Unrated!

3 & 4: Godard's Breathless & Contempt
11: Home Alone - 20th Anniversary
12 & 13: Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris
14: Grindhouse Fest - Black Christmas & Silent Night, Bloody Night
21: Grindhouse Fest - Christmas Evil & New Years Evil
26-28: The Godfather & The Godfather: Part II
29 & 30: The Godfather: Part III - 20th Anniversary

Program notes by Dennis Cozzalio
Schedule subject to change

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