This Week At The New Beverly: Dazed and Confused, Grindhouse Kung Fu, Pretty Maids All In A Row, Robert Mitchum & Johnny Cash plus MORE!

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For his birthday month, Quentin Tarantino programs the whole March 2011 calendar!


The full upcoming schedule is available online: 

Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair  


Advance tickets for April 3, 4 & 5 Kill Bill performances go on sale this Friday at 11:00am PDT. Tickets for April 6 & 7 shows will be sold at the box office the night of the event ONLY - no advance tickets for the final two shows.

Thursday, March 17

Man Friday

1975, UK / USA, 115 minutes
directed by Jack Gold; starring Peter O'Toole, Richard Roundtree, Peter Cellier, Christopher Cabot, Joel Fluellen
Thurs: 7:30

Turning the familiar Crusoe/Man Friday story on its head, this version becomes a straightforward confrontation between instinctive, spontaneous, lithe and beautiful Black versus repressed, guilt-ridden and mottled White: a fable for our times. - Time Out Film Guide

- plus on the same bill -

Cooley High

1975, USA, 107 minutes
directed by Michael Schultz; starring Glynn Turman, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Garrett Morris, Cynthia Davis, Corin Rogers, Maurice Leon Havis, Joseph Carter Wilson
Thurs: 9:45, Trailer


Impressively written by Eric Monte and directed with an almost unwavering sense of pace by Michael Schultz, "Cooley High" pulsates with the careless exuberance of youth and captivates with characterizations and incidents presented not for the sake of nostalgia but out of the kind of understanding that cherishes and makes peace with the past. "Cooley High" is good history, good entertainment and good art. - New York Times




Friday & Saturday, March 18 & 19


1976, USA, 96 minutes - Not Available On DVD!
directed by Rod Amateau; starring Lisa Lemole, Gary Lee Cavagnaro, Glenn Morshower, Billy Milliken, Lee Newsom, Reagan Kee, Andy Parks
Fri: 7:30; Sat: 3:35 & 7:30

There are two movies going on here at once - one about the activities of the patrons of a rural Texas drive-in and the second a movie within a movie at the drive-in. - TV Guide

- plus on the same bill -

Dazed and Confused

1993, USA, 102 minutes
written & directed by Richard Linklater; starring Jason London, Rory Cochrane, Matthew McConaughey, Adam Goldberg, Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Michelle Burke, Anthony Rapp
Fri: 9:30; Sat: 5:30 & 9:30, Trailer


The ultimate party movie - loud, crude, socially irresponsible and totally irresistible. - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone 


The film's real inspiration, I think, is to depict some high school kids from the 1970s with such unblinking attention that we will realize how romanticized most movie teenagers are. - Roger Ebert




Friday & Saturday, March 18 & 19

Pretty Maids All In A Row

1971, USA, 91 minutes
directed by Roger Vadim; written by Gene Roddenberry based on a novel by Francis Pollini; starring Rock Hudson, Angie Dickinson, Telly Savalas, John David Carson, Roddy McDowall, Keenan Wynn, James Doohan
Fri/Sat: 11:59pm (Midnight), All Tickets $7


A whole bunch of crazy shit came out of Hollywood in the 1970s, but Pretty Maids All In a Row stands out as some particularly crazy shit.

- Nathan Rabin, The Onion AV Club  


It's the best kind of pleasant surprise, in which a bunch of seemingly disparate elements come together in such a way as to make something unique and special. It's absolutely worth seeking out.  

- DVD Verdict 




Sunday & Monday, March 20 & 21

Charley One-Eye

1973, USA / UK, 96 minutes  

Not available on DVD! 35mm print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
directed by Don Chaffey; starring Richard Roundtree, Roy Thinnes, Nigel Davenport, Jill Pearson, Aldo Sambrell
Sun: 7:30; Mon: 7:30


Chaffey copes well with the Spanish desert locations, and draws excellent performances from Roundtree and Thinnes as the black Union Army deserter and the Indian outcast who find common ground in oppression - Time Out Film Guide 

- plus on the same bill -   


Kid Blue

1973, USA, 100 minutes - Not available on DVD!
directed by James Frawley; starring Dennis Hopper, Warren Oates, Peter Boyle, Ben Johnson, Lee Purcell
Sun: 9:30; Mon: 9:30


Kid Blue has a meandering jug band sensibility and a premise hilariously relevant to Hopper's situation.  

- J. Hoberman, Village Voice 


Director James Frawley neatly revitalizes the classic townspeople-gunfighter-wilderness formula and adds just enough bizarre and wry touches to keep up with 70s revisionist attitudes regarding the movie western. - Don Druker, Chicago Reader




Tuesday, March 22

Grindhouse Night

The Hot, The Cool and The Vicious

1976, Taiwan, 93 minutes
directed by Tso Nam Lee; starring Tommy Lee, Tao-liang Tan, Don Wong, Alan Chui Chung San
Tues: 7:30, Trailer

The Hot, the Cool and the Vicious kung-fus its way through a twisty plot involving a wandering street fighter sought by police, an undercover agent in a gang of counterfeiters and a ninja girl out for revenge. The kicks are swift and the pain is palpable, which is probably why Tarantino likes it. - Derek Thomas, LA Weekly

- plus on the same bill -

Fearless Fighters

1971, Hong Kong / Taiwan, 83 minutes
directed by Min-hsiung Wu; starring Yuen Yi, Ching Ching Chang, Ming Hsia Wu, Min-hsiung Wu, Hung Lieh Chen, Chi Ma, Ming Chiang

Tues: 9:25


Everything about the film is over-the-top, as people leap through the air, fly across bodies of waters, and catch arrows from the three different bows in a single grab - all what makes it a grand achievement in popcorn entertainment. This is simply one of the most engaging martial arts films of the 1970s  

- George R. Reis, DVD Drive-In 




Wednesday, March 23


Closed For Private Event




Thursday, March 24

Thunder Road

1958, USA, 92 minutes
directed by Arthur Ripley; starring Robert Mitchum, Gene Barry, Jacques Aubuchon, Keely Smith, Trevor Bardette, Sandra Knight, James Mitchum
Thurs: 7:30

Southern drive-in staple Thunder Road is basically The Robert Mitchum Show. - Nick Schager, Slant Magazine

Cheaply made, disreputable, and blatantly anti-authority, it's a winner all the way, what with a stunningly laconic performance from Mitchum, white-hot night-time road scenes, and an affectionate but unsentimental vision of backwoods America rarely seen in cinema to this day. - Time Out Film Guide

- plus on the same bill -

Five Minutes To Live

1961, USA, 80 minutes
directed by Bill Karn; starring Johnny Cash, Donald Woods, Cay Forrester, Pamela Mason, Vic Tayback, Ron Howard
Thurs: 9:25, Trailer

Director Bill Karn gives Five Minutes to Live a breathless, desperate energy that transcends its obvious exploitation roots, sometimes coming close to capturing the same vibe as Russ Meyer's early black-and-white melodramas. It's a hard film to find, but if the prospect of seeing a twitchy, bug-eyed Johnny Cash use six-year-old Ron Howard as a human shield during a violent shootout sounds promising, then Five Minutes To Live delivers in spades.
- Fred Beldin, All Movie






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:



25 & 26: Shaw Brothers Night: The Avenging Eagle & Duel of the Iron Fist

25 midnight show: Ice Cube in Friday

26 midnight show: The Fighting Fists of Shanghai Joe


March 27 - April 7: Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair



1 & 2 midnight shows: Pulp Fiction

9 midnight show: Breaking Point (1976)

10-12: The Deer Hunter

13 & 14: The Grindhouse Film Fest Tribute To Tura Satana featuring Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! & The Doll Squad 

20 & 21: Sofia Coppola's Somewhere & Lost In Translation   

26 & 27: Sylvain Chomet's The Illusionist & The Triplets of Belleville

30: The Grindhouse Film Fest Tribute To David F. Friedman



14 midnight show: Michael Caine stars in The Island (1980)

21 midnight show: Predator 


Schedule subject to change

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