Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Cinema eyes June 1 reopening

LOS ANGELES — One of Los Angeles’ oldest theaters, shuttered for more than a year by the coronavirus pandemic, is slated to reopen its doors June 1.

Owned by filmmaker Quentin Tarantino since 2007, the New Beverly Cinema announced its revival plans Saturday via Twitter.

According to Variety, Los Angeles area theaters have been allowed to reopen at limited capacity since vaccination rates have increased and COVID-19 infections have slowed. As the city moves into California’s orange tier, theater capacity has increased to 50%, with a maximum of 200 patrons allowed at one time.

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Built in 1929, the New Beverly was purchased by the late Sherman Torgan in 1978, who began offering double feature pairings of classic, foreign, independent and arthouse cinema, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Tarantino purchased the iconic building that houses the 300-person capacity theater to save it from redevelopment and often airs double features shown on 35 mm film, particularly of the director’s own movies, Variety reported.

“It was going to be turned into a Super Cuts,” Tarantino told THR at the time he purchased the movie house. “I’d been coming to the New Beverly ever since I was old enough to drive there from the South Bay - since about 1982 – so, I couldn’t let that happen.”

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