An Ode to The Bev: One Director's Love Letter to 35mm & Revival Cinemas
We all have that local art house or revival house cinema that reminds us of the magic of moviemaking.
However, we haven't all gone out and made an awesome documentary about it. Filmmaker Julia Marchese did just that with her film Out of Print, hoping to communicate the importance of 35mm exhibition and revival cinemas by telling the story behind L.A.'s famous and family-run New Beverly Cinema, which was not only film school to many of today's big time filmmakers, but home as well.
In fact, Marchese, who was a longtime admirer of the cinema, was eventually given a job working there by the original owner Sherman Torgen. However, after Quentin Tarantino became the new owner of The Bev, some unpleasantness occurred between her and the management team and -- well, you can get the full story here -- but the crux of the story is that Marchese decided to make her documentary available to watch for free online to show her audience just how much the New Beverly Cinema meant to her -- as well as a multitude of other incredible filmmakers.
Check out her ode to the revival house and 35mm film below.
My local art house theater, The Bijou, definitely has given that at home feeling to its regulars. The Spanish-style former church and mortuary introduced me to my first indie films -- projected on 35mm film. It wasn't until a little over a year ago that my beloved Bijou went digital, but even though I tend to prefer the sound, the imperfections, and the humanity of a 35mm projector working hard to show me my movie, it doesn't take away from the community that has been blooming inside of my local art house theater for the last 30 years.