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Press Release: Tickets on Sale Now for L.A. Conservancy's 30th Annual Last Remaining Seats

LOS ANGELES, April 13, 2016—Tickets went on sale today to the public for the thirtieth season of Last Remaining Seats, the Los Angeles Conservancy’s signature series of classic films in historic theatres.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate Last Remaining Seats and all our efforts to foster the revitalization of historic downtown,” said Conservancy President and CEO Linda Dishman. “The hard work of volunteers and staff over three decades has played a key role in raising the profile of Broadway and its magnificent theatres. It’s exciting to see new generations of moviegoers marvel at these buildings, discovering and appreciating the architectural gems that make our city unique.”

Last Remaining Seats presents films as they were meant to be seen: on the big screen, in a beautiful theatre, surrounded by fellow fans, and accompanied by vintage cartoons, newsreels, and more. 

Tickets cost $22 for the general public and $18 for Conservancy members. Nearly half of all tickets for this season sold during the two-week members-only presale. Proceeds support the Conservancy’s efforts to preserve historic places throughout L.A. County. Tickets are available at laconservancy.org/last-remaining-seats.

Humble Beginnings

Ten volunteers and one staff member launched Last Remaining Seats in 1987 to bring attention to the historic theatres of Broadway. The venues were spectacular yet had seen better days; many ran low-budget or X-rated films. In the early days of the series, volunteers worked diligently to make the spaces presentable by scrubbing walls and bathrooms, covering arcade games to draw attention to the architecture, and bringing flowers and incense to mask unpleasant odors. Today, several of these same theatres have been beautifully restored, and the series has become a summer tradition.

Rory Cunningham volunteered that first year in 1987—and has volunteered every year since. “I invited my mother out from Minneapolis to share in the experience,” he recalls about the first season. “She took one look at the graffiti on the walnut paneling in the [Los Angeles Theatre] Ballroom and was up on a ladder to help clean it off!”

Guests at Last Remaining Seats will know Rory by his singular role as an usher, dressed head to toe in period garb and working his chimes when it’s time to start the show. “I love historic preservation and it’s important to me to further its cause in any way I can,” he says. “I love historic theatres and want to save them for future generations to enjoy. I love the community that Last Remaining Seats has created and that I feel a part of, and I have the BEST job! Where else can I wear these uniforms with a pill box hat, ring antique chimes, and have people actually enjoy it?”

Extras for the 30th

To celebrate the thirtieth season, all screenings will take place in the Broadway Historic Theatre District, showcasing the work of the Conservancy (and many others) to revitalize Broadway and the Historic Core. Most of the films are favorites from past seasons, with the exception of Top Gun, which is celebrating its own thirtieth birthday.

The Conservancy will also offer special events in addition to the screenings, including exclusive backstage tours of select theatres, bar trivia at Clifton’s, theatre Q & As, tours of the filming locations from Safety Last!, and more. Tickets for these special programs will go on sale in early May.

2016 Schedule

All locations, dates, and films subject to change. 

Top Gun (1986)
Saturday, June 4 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.  
Tom Cruise leads a terrific cast as Lieutenant Peter “Maverick” Mitchell in the highest-grossing film of 1986.
Evening Screening Host: Jerry Bruckheimer, Producer
 
Wednesday, June 8 at 8 p.m.
Gregory Peck stars as Atticus Finch in this adaptation of the beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by the late Harper Lee.
 
Saturday, June 11 at 8 p.m.  
Marilyn Monroe lights up the screen in this classic comedy starring Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon.
 
Wednesday, June 15 at 8 p.m.
Co-presented with the Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles
This Mexican romantic comedy stars legends Pedro Infante and Jorge Negrete in the only film in which they appear on screen together.
 
Saturday, June 18 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Silent film stars transition to “talkies” in this hilarious musical gem starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds.
 
Wednesday, June 22 at 8 p.m.
Directed by Billy Wilder, an alluring housewife plots to murder her husband in this icon of film noir written by Wilder and Raymond Chandler.
 
Safety Last! (1923)
Saturday, June 25 at 8 p.m.
Harold Lloyd shines as a country boy who moves to the big city in this slapstick silent comedy. With live accompaniment on the Orpheum’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ.
2016 Last Remaining Seats Sponsors

Series Star Sponsors: Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Walter J. and Holly O. Thomson Foundation

Series Supporting Sponsor: Shangri-La Construction/Webcor

Series Sponsors: Delijani Family, Grand Central Market, JPMorgan Chase, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Roy Allen White, The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Trina Turk/Mr. Turk

Evening Sponsors: Cathy and Steve Needleman, Cole’s, Department of Cultural Affairs/City of Los Angeles, The Edison/Clifton’s, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Hugh Hefner, Linda and Jerry Bruckheimer, Los Angeles County Arts Commission 

Media Sponsors: KLCS, Laemmle Theatres, Los Angeles Downtown News

Community Partners: Downtown Center Business Improvement District, Historic Core Business Improvement District

Major funding for the Conservancy’s programs is provided by the LaFetra Foundation and the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation.

Theatre photos and film stills available here.
Media Contact

Tiffany Narváez, (213) 430-4208, tnarvaez@laconservancy.org