OUR FILMS

SCOTTY AND THE SECRET HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD

NOW SHOWING

* Scotty and the producer, Matt Tyrnauer, will be at the Art Theater in person for a Q&A session on September 14th at 6:00pm.

“We are constantly rewriting our collective history, but few of us can do it with as much devilish glee as Scotty Bowers.” – NPR

“A well-edited, captivating, and illuminating warts-and-all documentary.” – NYC Movie Guru

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood is the deliciously scandalous story of Scotty Bowers, a handsome ex-Marine who landed in Hollywood after the Second World War and became confidante, aide de camp and lover to many of Hollywood’s greatest male–and female stars. In the 1940s and ’50s, he ran a gas station in the shadow of the studio lots where he would connect his band of friends from the military with those who had to hide their true sexual identities from the public. An unsung Hollywood legend, Bowers would cater to the sexual appetites of celebrities straight, gay and omnivorous for decades.

Unrated, 1 hour, 38 mins

ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW WITH MIDNIGHT INSANITY SHADOWCAST

EVERY Saturday at MIDNIGHT

If you haven’t seen ROCKY with our shadowcast you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Costumes and audience participation galore! This low-budget freak show/cult classic/cultural institution concerns the misadventures of newlyweds inside a mad scientist’s strange mansion and crazy party that they come across on a rainy night after their car breaks down in the woods.

Rated R, 1 hr, 40 mins

PRICED OUT

September 20

* Join us for Emphasize Displacement, a public FREE talk and screening of Priced Out: Gentrification in Portland, Oregon. The film’s Director, Cornelius Swart, will be joined by a panel of experts for a healthy, balanced discussion of the issues surrounding displacement.

* About Emphasize: A free talk series with experts from around the nation discussing with Long Beach 1-on-1, face-to-face about complex topics from homelessness to gentrification.

“It’s as fascinating to watch as it is devastating to comprehend.” – The Portland Mercury

Priced Out is an investigative and personal look at housing discrimination and the pain of losing a community. The feature-length documentary explores the complexities and contradictions of gentrification. It illustrates how government policies and market forces that favor the rich work together to destroy and rebuild neighborhoods. And while many neighborhoods embrace new investment at first, few will be left standing once new money moves in and old residents find themselves increasingly priced out.

Unrated, 1 hour

FAHRENHEIT 11/9

September 21

“Fahrenheit 11/9 is ultimately Moore’s best film in years because its message is really simple and nonpartisan: get mad about something and do something about it.” – RogerEbert.com

“There is much food for thought in the film, shot with the director’s characteristic passion, flair, wicked sense of humor and willingness to push the envelope.” – Hollywood Reporter

“Moore’s most powerful movie yet.” – Salon.com

Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9” is a provocative and comedic look at the times in which we live. It will explore the two most important questions of the Trump Era: How the f**k did we get here, and how the f**k do we get out? It’s the film to see before it’s too late.

Unrated, 2 hours, 3 mins

ALBATROSS

September 22 11:00am – FREE (donations are welcome)

* There will be a special Q & A after the film!

“The war is against plastic and they are the casualties on the frontline.” – The Guardian

Join Algalita at their free screening of ALBATROSS at the Art Theatre in Long Beach. ALBATROSS is a powerful visual journey into the heart of a gut-wrenching environmental tragedy of plastic pollution. On one of the remotest islands on Earth, tens of thousands of albatross chicks lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic. Returning to the island over several years, Chris Jordan and his filming team witnessed cycles of birth, life, and death of these magnificent creatures as a multi-layered metaphor for our times. ALBATROSS walks us through the fire of horror and grief, facing the immensity of this tragedy and our own complicity head on.

ALBATROSS is an adult film with strong emotional content, so we recommend it for viewers age 12 and above.


Unrated, 1 hour, 37 mins

NICO, 1988

September 29, 30

“A precise, piercing study of the star’s last years.” – Village Voice

“Aesthetically and emotionally immersive.” – Screen Daily

NICO, 1988 follows the singer-songwriter, approaching 50, leading a solitary existence in Manchester, far from her 60s glam days as a Warhol superstar and celebrated vocalist for cult band The Velvet Underground. Her life and career on the fringes, Nico’s new manager Richard convinces her to hit the road again and tour Europe to promote her latest album. Struggling with her demons and the consequences of a muddled life, she longs to rebuild a relationship with her son, whose custody she lost long ago. A brave and uncompromising musician, Nico’s story is the story of a rebirth: of an artist, a mother, and the woman behind the icon.

Rated R, 1 hour, 33 mins 

BAD REPUTATION – A JOAN JETT DOCUMENTARY

October 5, 6, 7

“As this doc reveals the extent of her warmheartedness, Jett’s bad reputation may be a thing of the past.” – New York Post

Joan Jett is so much more than “I Love Rock ’n’ Roll.” It’s true, she became mega-famous from the number-one hit, and that fame intensified with the music video’s endless play on MTV. But that staple of popularity can’t properly define a musician. Jett put her hard work in long before the fame, ripping it up onstage as the backbone of the hard-rock legends The Runaways, influencing many musicians—both her cohort of punk rockers and generations of younger bands—with her no-bullshit style. Bad Reputation gives you a wild ride as Jett and her close friends tell you how it really was in the burgeoning ’70s punk scene, and their interviews are laced with amazing archival footage. The theme is clear: even though people tried to define Jett and keep her stuck to one hit, she never compromised. She will kick your ass, and you’ll love her all the more for it.

Rated R, 1 hour, 35 mins

SOUFRA

October 11

A stirring tale of empowerment.” – New York Times

The only ‘feel good’ doc about refugees that I know of – inspiring and delicious.” – Susan Sarandon

SOUFRA follows the inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur Mariam Shaar – a refugee who has spent her entire life in the 69-year-old Burl El Barajneh refugee camp, south of Beirut, Lebanon.

The film chronicles Mariam, and a diverse team of fellow refugee women from throughout the Middle East, who share the camp as their home as they set out to change their fate by launching a catering company – “Soufra” – and then expand its reach outside the camp (through an astonishing Kickstarter campaign) with a first-ever food truck business. Together, these determined, hardworking women heal the wounds of war through the unifying power of food, while taking their future into their own hands.

Unrated, 1 hour, 23 mins * Arabic with English subtitles

NOSFERATU (1922 SILENT FILM) FEATURING LIVE SCORE BY THE JACK CURTIS DUBOWSKY ENSEMBLE

October 29

“So this is it: ground zero, the birth of horror cinema.” – Time Out

“It’s not just a great horror movie. It’s a poem of horror, a symphony of dread, a film so rapt, mysterious and weirdly lovely it haunts the mind long after it’s over.” – Chicago Tribune

One of the silent era’s most influential masterpieces, Nosferatu‘s eerie, gothic feel — and a chilling performance from Max Schreck as the vampire – set the template for the horror films that followed. Don’t miss this special rare screening featuring a live score by the Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble!

Unrated, 1 hour, 3 mins 

THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN

Coming Soon

“Archival footage of Lydon in the bracing hostility of his youth contrasts dramatically with present-day interviews showing him domesticated, compromised, and happy in the wisdom that most of us learn to accept as compensation.” – Chicago Reader

After the breakup of the Sex Pistols, John Lydon / John Rotten, formed Public Image Ltd (PiL)– his groundbreaking band which has lived on nearly 15 times as long as his first one. He kept the band alive ever since, through personnel and stylistic changes, fighting to constantly reinvent new ways of approaching music, while adhering to radical ideals of artistic integrity. John Lydon has not only redefined music, but also the true meaning of originality.

Former and current bandmates, as well as fellow icons like Flea, Ad-Rock and Thurston Moore, add testimony to electrifying archival footage (including stills and audio from the infamous Ritz Show). With his trademark acerbic wit and unpredictable candor, Lydon offers a behind-thescenes look at one of music’s most influential and controversial careers.

Unrated, 1 hour, 43 mins