"The Joy Luck Club" at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse | Los Angeles Conservancy
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse photo by Mike Hume; "Joy Luck Club" image courtesy Buena Vista Pictures

"The Joy Luck Club" at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse

Online ticketing is now closed. Tickets available for purchase at the door beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday.

The Joy Luck Club (1993)

Saturday, June 23, 6 p.m.
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, San Gabriel
Color; digital projection
139 minutes

Panel conversation: before the film, The Joy Luck Club cast members Lisa Lu and Kiều Chinh and the film's executive producer, Janet Yang, will discuss the significance of this incredible film and Asian-American representation in Hollywood. Panel moderated by L.A.-based sociologist and writer Nancy Wang Yuen.

free Q&A session about the theatre will follow the screening. Stay in your seat to learn more about the history and architecture! 

Attendees aged 21+ are invited to join us after the screening for a free afterparty with pub trivia! Enjoy a summer evening in Grapevine Park next to the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse with beer provided by the San Gabriel Valley-based Ohana Brewing Company. Break into teams to answer pub trivia questions themed around the film, L.A. history, and more. Prizes awarded to all winners! 

Make a day of it and spend the day exploring San Gabriel! Check out our San Gabriel guide of historic sites and nearby restaurants.

About the Film

The members of the Joy Luck Club are four women living in San Francisco who meet regularly to play mahjong. Each of the women immigrated from China, and each has a daughter born in America. The film focuses on the sometimes strained relationships between each of the sets of mothers and daughters, and the high hopes the mothers have for their daughters.

Through a series of flashbacks, we see the difficult lives of each of the mothers in China and the secrets they’ve kept from their American daughters. Over the course of the film, the mothers and daughters gain deeper understanding of one another and establish a deeper bond.