We are optimistic that the Art Theatre will be reopening soon, and want to share with everyone what we have been up to since our doors closed in March.


Whilst official L.A. COVID reopening measures have no yet been released, we have already begun to taken our own steps to create a safe, secure environment in time for our own reopening.

First of all, we want you to know that all memberships will be extended for the entire length of our closure , so no time will be lost. We hope you have seen our emails for virtual films, and we appreciate all of the members that have logged in and watched on-line.  We all know there is nothing better than a good film on the big screen or community discussion after in the beautifully restored Art Theatre, so when you do come back, here is a list of improvements that should make your return experience even more special and safe.

Enhancements to the Art Theatre:

  • The removal of seating rows to allow extended leg room and dining options
  • New carpeting in the lobby and the theatre aisles
  • Removal of all of the seats and installation  a new epoxy floor system
  • Painting of all interior surfaces
  • Deep cleaning of all seats and surfaces

Enhancements to Achieve Covid-19 Protocols:

  • Seat blocking to allow for social distancing, allowing you and your party a safe viewing section
  • Addition of Plexiglas shields at the concession stand to protect members and staff
  • Extended time between films to allow for deep cleaning of seats after every show
  • Electrostatic Sprayer disinfectant used to sanitize the lobby and screening room
  • A new contactless credit card system for ticket and concession purchases
  • Option to pre-purchase concessions prior to your arrival.
  • Enhanced air filtration system to increase fresh airflow in the theatre
  • Hand wipes provided upon request
  • Hand sanitizer provided upon request
  • Development of signage to follow Covid-19 protocols.

Enjoy having your name, brand, company or any person you wish to celebrate, laser engraved on a plaque on your very own Art Theatre seat. When you sponsor a seat, we can also acknowledge your gift to a recipient of your choice.



Watch From Home

A Dog Called Money
A Dog Called Money
(3 Hrs, 34 min) 2020 USA Seamus Murphy, director
As imaginative as the creative process it documents, A DOG CALLED MONEY is a uniquely intimate journey through the inspiration, writing and recording of a PJ Harvey record. Writer and musician Harvey and award-winning photographer Seamus Murphy sought first-hand experiences of the countries she wanted to write about. Harvey accompanied Murphy on some of his worldwide reporting trips, joining him in Afghanistan, Kosovo and Washington DC. Harvey collected words, Murphy collected images. Back home, the words became poems, songs and then an album, which was recorded in an unprecedented art experiment in Somerset House, London. In a specially constructed room behind one-way glass, the public – all cameras surrendered -- are invited to watch the five-week process as a live sound-sculpture. Murphy exclusively documents the experiment with the same forensic vision and private access as their travels. By capturing the immediacy of their encounters with the people and places they visited, Murphy shows the humanity at the heart of the work, tracing the sources of the songs, their special metamorphosis into recorded music and ultimately cinema. 

Museum Town
Museum Town
(76 min) 2019 USA Jennifer Trainer, director
Directed by Jennifer Trainer, a former journalist and one of MASS MoCA's original builders, and narrated by Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep, the documentary tells the story of an unconventional museum, the small town it calls home, and the great risk, hope, and power of art to transform a desolate post-industrial city. Featuring appearances by artists Nick Cave, James Turrell, Laurie Anderson and David Byrne, with original music and soundtrack by John Stirratt of Wilco.

(83 min) 2021 USA Lance Oppenheim, director
With SOME KIND OF HEAVEN, first-time feature director Lance Oppenheim cracks the manicured facade of The Villages, America’s largest retirement community – a massive, self-contained utopia located in Central Florida. Behind the gates of this palm tree-lined fantasyland, SOME KIND OF HEAVEN invests in the dreams and desires of a small group of Villages residents – and one interloper – who are unable to find happiness within the community’s pre-packaged paradise. With strikingly composed cinematography, this candy-colored documentary offers a tender and surreal look at the never-ending quest for finding meaning and love in life’s final act.

The Reason I Jump
(82 min) 2020 USA Jerry Rothwell, director
Based on the best-selling book by Naoki Higashida, later translated into English by author David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas), The Reason I Jump is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world. The film blends Higashida's revelatory insights into autism, written when he was just 13, with intimate portraits of five remarkable young people. It opens a window for audiences into an intense and overwhelming, but often joyful, sensory universe. Moments in the lives of each of the characters are linked by the journey of a young Japanese boy through an epic landscape; narrated passages from Naoki’s writing reflect on what his autism means to him and others, how his perception of the world differs, and why he acts in the way he does: the reason he jumps. The film distills these elements into a sensually rich tapestry that leads us to Naoki’s core message: not being able to speak does not mean there is nothing to say.

Two of Us
(95 min) 2020 USA Filippo Meneghetti, director
Two retired women, Nina and Madeleine, have been secretly in love for decades. Everybody, including Madeleine’s family, thinks they are simply neighbors, sharing the top floor of their building. They come and go between their two apartments, enjoying the affection and pleasures of daily life together, until an unforeseen event turns their relationship upside down and leads Madeleine’s daughter to gradually unravel the truth about them. Please stick around after the film - we’re VERY excited to present an exclusive discussion between writer/director Filippo Meneghetti, star Barbara Sukowa, and international film icon Isabelle Huppert!


The HipPea offers Art Theatre visitors a fresh and healthy alternative to traditional fast food – Falafel! Made from organic chickpeas their Gluten-Free falafel is based on a secret family recipe.


Our intimate wine bar brings you the best in personally chosen wines from around the globe. Enjoy artisanal meats and cheeses to make your visit a complete evening to remember.



Voted THE NUMBER ONE INDEPENDENT THEATRE in Los Angeles, the Art opened as a silent movie theatre and included a pipe organ and orchestra pit. It is the oldest operating single screen house in Long Beach. Our art deco, streamline moderne-style historical landmark is famous for its screening of the most imaginative and stimulating independent, documentary, animated, alternative lifestyle, and foreign language films. After one million dollars of loving restoration, the addition of a wine bar and coffee bar, The Art Theatre is the perfect destination for memorable evening.

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