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The Art Theatre originally opened in 1925 as a single screen silent movie house. At that time, there were over 50 independent theatres in Long Beach, today only the Art remains.

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Wife of a Spy
Wife of a Spy
(1hr 15min NR)
Starts Friday 10.08.21 (In-Theatre Viewing)

"Wife of a Spy"

The year is 1940 in Kobe, on the eve of the outbreak of World War II. Local merchant and amateur filmmaker Yusaku (Issey Takahashi, Kill Bill) senses that things are headed in an unsettling direction. Following a trip to Manchuria, he becomes determined to bring to light the things he witnessed there, and secretly filmed. Meanwhile, his wife Satoko (Japan Society's 2021 Honoree Yû Aoi) receives a visit from her childhood friend, now a military policeman. He warns her about Yusaku's seditious ways and reveals that a woman her husband brought back from his trip has died. Satoko confronts Yusaku, but when she discovers his true intentions, she is torn between loyalty to her husband, the life they have built, and the country they call home. Director:      Kiyoshi Kurosawa Writers:       Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Tadashi Nohara Stars:         Yû Aoi, Issey Takahashi, Masahiro Higashide Starts Friday 10.08.21    

Nosferatu (1922) with live score / Jack Curtis Dubowsky
(1hr 34min NR)
Ends Oct 30
Event Cinema w/ live score 10.30.21 (In-Theatre Viewing)

"Nosferatu (1922) with live score / Jack Curtis Dubowsky"

  *PROOF OF VACCINE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS EVENT. For the safety of our musicians, our audience and our staff, you must be fully vaccinated to attend this event. No exceptions.  
About Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble (updated August 2021) JCDE sparks new life with original scores to classic silent films including Nosferatu, The Golem, The Phantom Carriage, Sunrise, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and The Mark of Zorro, for which they released a soundtrack album ZORRO in 2017. A team of top players led by composer and conductor Jack Curtis Dubowsky, JCDE combines intricately composed material and structured improvisation.
JCDE consists of composer and conductor Jack Curtis Dubowsky, Jeff L. Schwartz (double bass), Charles Sharp (woodwinds, electronics), R. Scott Dibble (keyboards), Lisa Yoshida (violin), Laura Osborn (flutes), and Slam Nobles (mallets and percussion).
About Nosferatu An iconic German expressionist film directed by F. W. Murnau, one of the influential directors of his day. Dracula became a caricature in many later films, but Nosferatu superbly exploits his contradictions: worldly but cloistered, approachable but distant, mannered but deadly. The film’s element of the Black Death – the European plague with no cure – would have resonated strongly with a 1922 audience that survived the Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919 that killed over 40 million people. Nosferatu leans lighter on the daylight-garlic-crucifix tropes that are clichés in later films, and (avoiding spoilers here) keeps his ancestry and demise mysterious and opaque. The film emphasizes the supernatural with stunning high-speed special effects, created in-camera.
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Fargo
Fargo
(1hr 38min NR)
Sunday 11.07.21 (In-Theatre Viewing)

"Fargo"

Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson. Directors: Joel CoenEthan Coen(uncredited) Writers: Ethan CoenJoel Coen Stars: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi *With Introduction and Q&A with Todd Melby A Lot Can Happen in the Middle of Nowhere: The Untold Story of the Making of Fargo is the true story of the Coen Brothers’ epic film of murder, mayhem, and malfeasance on the frozen landscapes of Minneapolis and North Dakota, offering an inside look into what Roger Ebert called “one of the best films I’ve ever seen.” Featuring a foreword by William H. Macy and twenty behind-the-scenes photographs, the book is a really super read for you or the Fargo lover in your life. https://www.toddmelby.com/book  

Silent Night, Deadly Night
(1hr 19min R)
Ends Dec 16
Thirsty Thrillers Thursday 12.16.21 (In-Theatre Viewing)

"Silent Night, Deadly Night'"

Little Billy witness his parents getting killed by Santa after being warned by his senile grandpa that Santa punishes those who are naughty. Now Billy is 18, and out of the orphanage, and he has just become Santa, himself.

Brooklyn Castle
(102 min) 2012 USA Katie Dellamaggiore, director
BROOKLYN CASTLE tells the stories of five members of the chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. The film follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard, and is as much about the sting of their losses as it is about the anticipation of their victories. Ironically, the biggest obstacle thrust upon them arises not from other competitors but from recessionary budget cuts to all the extracurricular activities at their school. BROOKLYN CASTLE shows how these kids’ dedication to chess magnifies their belief in what is possible for their lives. After all, if they can master the world’s most difficult game, what can’t they do?

The Guardian of Memory
The Guardian of Memory
(90 min NR) 2019 Mexico Marcela Arteaga, director
Winner of the Best Feature Length Documentary at the recent Ariel Awards, the Mexican equivalent of the Academy Awards, The Guardian of Memory tells the story of Mexican men, women, and children seeking safety in the US.  Carlos Spector, an immigration lawyer born in El Paso, TX, fights to obtain political asylum for Mexicans fleeing extreme violence. This is the story about the kindness and hope that still exists in people who endured tremendous suffering, and Carlos Spector’s tireless efforts to help them. Also the winner of the Best Mexican Documentary at DocsMX in Mexico City, The Guardian of Memory had its world premiere at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

RBG
(98min PG) 2018 USA Julie Cohen, Betsy West, director
At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans - until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg's exceptional life and career from Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films.

FOOD

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.
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WINE

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.
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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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