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Quentin Tarantino rescues LA's New Beverly Theater

Feb. 20, 2010by: Dave Davis

Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino loves cinema so much that now he owns one.

The New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles is a beloved repertory revival house, where Tarantino spent countless hours absorbing classic and grindhouse films. When the theater recently fell on troubled times, QT swooped in like a savior and snatched the cinema from the clutches of SuperCuts.

"I'd been coming to the New Beverly ever since I was old enough to drive there from the South Bay -- since about 1982," Tarantino says. "So, I couldn't let that happen. I always considered the New Beverly my charity -- an investment I never wanted back. I already had a good relationship with the family and the theater, so it was a natural step."

Tarantino, who held the INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS DVD premiere at the theater, will have the existing staff continue to book films, but will make occasional suggestions (the cinema is also known for letting well-known guests like Jason Reitman and Edgar Wright make special programming).

QT had already been paying the $5k monthly rent for a while before stepping up and making it his very own. And while the facility will get a few renovations (lights, seats, digital projection), not much else will change. As Tarantino says, "As long as I'm alive, and as long as I'm rich, the New Beverly will be there, showing double features in 35mm."

Extra Tidbit: Even if you're not crazy about QT or his movies, you gotta admit this is a pretty cool thing to do.
Source: THR

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11:02PM on 02/22/2010
Tarantino is da man!
Tarantino is da man!
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1:59PM on 02/22/2010
I love the NEW BEVERLY and am very happy to hear this news.
I love the NEW BEVERLY and am very happy to hear this news.
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12:26PM on 02/22/2010
And that is just another reason why he has our mad respect.
And that is just another reason why he has our mad respect.
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11:06AM on 02/22/2010

QT

FTW
FTW
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10:52AM on 02/22/2010

thumbs up QT!

way to go man...
way to go man...
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7:28AM on 02/22/2010
well, i for one didnīt expect anything else from QT, the man is a movie buff just like so many of us, and he made what most of us would do if we had that kind of dough to spread around, so, MAJOR PROPS to the man for saving the theatre :)
well, i for one didnīt expect anything else from QT, the man is a movie buff just like so many of us, and he made what most of us would do if we had that kind of dough to spread around, so, MAJOR PROPS to the man for saving the theatre :)
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7:26AM on 02/22/2010
well, i for one didnīt expect anything else from QT, the man is a movie buff just like so many of us, and he made what most of us would do if we had that kind of dough to spread around, so, MAJOR PROPS to the man for saving the theatre :)
well, i for one didnīt expect anything else from QT, the man is a movie buff just like so many of us, and he made what most of us would do if we had that kind of dough to spread around, so, MAJOR PROPS to the man for saving the theatre :)
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11:51PM on 02/21/2010
Man, how freaking awesome! Can QT get any cooler?
Man, how freaking awesome! Can QT get any cooler?
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7:49PM on 02/21/2010

A classy move!!

This is what you call giving back to the community! Even if he did it cause he knew it would be good publicity with people it's still a classy move!! Way to go QT!! In my opinion if you have money like that, then you should be helping the community in some form or another. Give what you can!
This is what you call giving back to the community! Even if he did it cause he knew it would be good publicity with people it's still a classy move!! Way to go QT!! In my opinion if you have money like that, then you should be helping the community in some form or another. Give what you can!
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4:58PM on 02/21/2010
There's 2 theaters here in Santa Cruz, that have similarities. The Nickelodeon, and the Del Mar, have always played independent films. Plus the Del Mar does their weekly Midnight Movie, where they show a cult classic from the past at midnight on Saturday nights. Nothing like going out for drinks on Pacific Ave, then hitting up the Midnight Movie!!
There's 2 theaters here in Santa Cruz, that have similarities. The Nickelodeon, and the Del Mar, have always played independent films. Plus the Del Mar does their weekly Midnight Movie, where they show a cult classic from the past at midnight on Saturday nights. Nothing like going out for drinks on Pacific Ave, then hitting up the Midnight Movie!!
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4:52PM on 02/21/2010
props to QT, the man deserves better recognition than he receives from his peers.
props to QT, the man deserves better recognition than he receives from his peers.
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2:57PM on 02/21/2010
What a guy. My respect for QT just went up a couple more notches.
What a guy. My respect for QT just went up a couple more notches.
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12:55PM on 02/21/2010

That last quote

Is awesome.
Is awesome.
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7:28AM on 02/22/2010
isnīt it? the man rules :)
isnīt it? the man rules :)
10:55AM on 02/21/2010

nice

I wish there was a theater like this in my town or at least close by, if only Cameron would build one, which he should because he was born and raised close by, but noooooo! lol.. every city, town, villiage needs a theater like thisand every filthy rich director out there should build something like this in the places they are from..
I wish there was a theater like this in my town or at least close by, if only Cameron would build one, which he should because he was born and raised close by, but noooooo! lol.. every city, town, villiage needs a theater like thisand every filthy rich director out there should build something like this in the places they are from..
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6:57AM on 02/21/2010
Yeah, that is a pretty cool thing for Tarantino to do. It reminds me of an old movie theatre than I went to several times when I was a kid but it was torn down a decade ago to make way for a condominium. Too bad for that.
Yeah, that is a pretty cool thing for Tarantino to do. It reminds me of an old movie theatre than I went to several times when I was a kid but it was torn down a decade ago to make way for a condominium. Too bad for that.
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12:45AM on 02/21/2010

Good Stuff QT

That's cool. Now, all he needs to do is upgrade to digital projection, and people might actually go. ;) He's a purist and that's cool. But he'll be sad in 5 years when 35mm prints have gone the way of Betamax.
That's cool. Now, all he needs to do is upgrade to digital projection, and people might actually go. ;) He's a purist and that's cool. But he'll be sad in 5 years when 35mm prints have gone the way of Betamax.
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8:57PM on 02/20/2010

Kewl!

Wow! Not one hater on this entire thread! They must all be busy.
Wow! Not one hater on this entire thread! They must all be busy.
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8:57PM on 02/20/2010
class act all the way. its good to see that even after all of his fame, he hasn't forgotten his roots.
class act all the way. its good to see that even after all of his fame, he hasn't forgotten his roots.
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8:43PM on 02/20/2010

Forever Love QT

This is the kind of thing that makes me think about how Kevin Smith poses as being one of the biggest fan boys but in reality seems to really hate movies. Whereas Tarantino is dogged on but constantly believes and loves movies with all of his heart, to go to this extent. He's never let me down and there's something that tells me he never will. Mad love, mad mad love for QT.
This is the kind of thing that makes me think about how Kevin Smith poses as being one of the biggest fan boys but in reality seems to really hate movies. Whereas Tarantino is dogged on but constantly believes and loves movies with all of his heart, to go to this extent. He's never let me down and there's something that tells me he never will. Mad love, mad mad love for QT.
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7:51PM on 02/20/2010
People love the man or hate him, he did an amazing thing for cinema. He should be commended and praised for saving one of the last revival theaters in existence. Good man. Good man!
People love the man or hate him, he did an amazing thing for cinema. He should be commended and praised for saving one of the last revival theaters in existence. Good man. Good man!
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6:43PM on 02/20/2010

Hell yeah...

I go to the New Beverly as much as I can whenever there's something that catches my attention. I love that place. They serve the best popcorn in town and the crowds are always great because they're all movie fans. I'm glad Tarantino finally owns it. I love that theater.
I go to the New Beverly as much as I can whenever there's something that catches my attention. I love that place. They serve the best popcorn in town and the crowds are always great because they're all movie fans. I'm glad Tarantino finally owns it. I love that theater.
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5:27PM on 02/20/2010

I'm a mushroom-cloud-layin' motherfucker,

motherfucker!
motherfucker!
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5:20PM on 02/20/2010

Bravo good sir, bravo!

I salute you Tarantino!
I salute you Tarantino!
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4:48PM on 02/20/2010
Fantastic! That's all I can say about that man!
Fantastic! That's all I can say about that man!
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4:43PM on 02/20/2010

great theater, great news

I just moved to L.A. and have already checked out about 7 double bill revivals at The New Beverly, including last nights double bill of ferris bueller and election. Jason Reitman introduced them with Jennifer Grey, Kevin Klien. Such an amazing theater
I just moved to L.A. and have already checked out about 7 double bill revivals at The New Beverly, including last nights double bill of ferris bueller and election. Jason Reitman introduced them with Jennifer Grey, Kevin Klien. Such an amazing theater
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4:37PM on 02/20/2010

AWESOME

I don't think anyone can rate this down, this is just an awesome/classy/nice gesture, and shows his passion for film. I may not care for all his movies, but this was great to hear about.
I don't think anyone can rate this down, this is just an awesome/classy/nice gesture, and shows his passion for film. I may not care for all his movies, but this was great to hear about.
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4:24PM on 02/20/2010
I read this yesterday...such good shit.
I read this yesterday...such good shit.
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4:20PM on 02/20/2010
Way to go Tarantino!
Way to go Tarantino!
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3:44PM on 02/20/2010
QT has clearly stayed classy in Beverly Hills.

I give props
QT has clearly stayed classy in Beverly Hills.

I give props
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3:34PM on 02/20/2010
Awesome indeed
Awesome indeed
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2:14PM on 02/20/2010
What a great guy. These are things rich directors with enough clout should be doing. Between this and Johnny Depp tipping his favorite waiter $4,000, it just proves there are still really cool celebrities out there who remember the little people that helped them along the way.
What a great guy. These are things rich directors with enough clout should be doing. Between this and Johnny Depp tipping his favorite waiter $4,000, it just proves there are still really cool celebrities out there who remember the little people that helped them along the way.
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2:02PM on 02/20/2010
A very classy move indeed. It'd be pretty bad ass if he opened his own chain of theaters like this across the country, I'd be first in line.
A very classy move indeed. It'd be pretty bad ass if he opened his own chain of theaters like this across the country, I'd be first in line.
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