Only in theaters

This is a story about a family business, but also the future of cinema

A film by Raphael Sbarge

Featuring:

Allison Anders, Cameron Crowe, Ava DuVernay, Nicole Holofcener, James Ivory, Kenneth Turan, Bruce Joel Rubin, Leaonard Maltin, Michael Renov, Mark Ulano and more.

“The Story here is beautiful and complicated, one in which the twin weights of legacy and calling bear down on the need to survive in changing times”

– LA TIMES

“Only in Theaters isn’t just a celebration of the Laemmles and their love of sharing cinema but the American Dream. At a time with much uncertainty in the film business, this film couldn’t be more important”

– LA Daily News

Laemmle Theatres, the beloved 84-year-old arthouse cinema chain in Los Angeles, is facing seismic change and financial pressure. Yet the family behind this multigenerational business – whose sole mission has been to support the art of film – is determined to survive.

“…2022’S MOST EMOTIONAL THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE”

-VARIETY MAGAZINE

ONLY IN THEATERS, a film by actor/director Raphael Sbarge, is an intimate and moving journey taken with the Laemmle family, spanning nearly three years of challenges, losses, and personal triumphs.

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THEATRICAL RELEASE 2022/23

LOS ANGELES

LAEMMLE THEATERS

STARTING NOVEMBER 18, 2022

ONLY IN THEATERS WILL SHOW IN ALL LAEMMLE THEATERS IN LOS ANGELES BEGINNING ON NOVEMBER 18, 2022

Laemmle Theatres is a group of family-run arthouse movie theaters in the Los Angeles area.

TORRANCE, CA

South Bay Film Society

NOVEMBER 3O, 2022

Only in Theaters will show at South Bay Film Society

DIRECTIONS: AMC Rolling Hills, 2591 Airport Drive, Torrance, 90505

 

PALM SPRINGS, CA

Camelot

STARTING DECEMBER 2, 2022

Only in Theaters will show at Camelot in Palm Springs

DIRECTIONS: 2300 East Baristo Road, Palm Springs, California 92262

 

Ava DuVernay

INTERVIEWS WITH…

DIRECTORS & AWARD WINNERS

Ava DuVernay, Allison Anders, Cameron Crowe,  Nicole Holofcener, James Ivory, and more.

CRITICS AND WRITERS

Edward Goldman, Kevin Thomas, Kenneth Turan and Bruce Joel Rubin to name a few.

FILM HISTORIANS AND EXPERTS

Leonard Maltin, Ross Melnick, Michael Renov and Mark Ulano.

“Essential viewing for every filmgoer.”

– Film Threat

“IT’S A BEAUTIFUL FILM, AND A TIMELY ONE.”

-CLAUDIA PUIG, PRESIDENT, LA FILM CRITIC’S ASSOC.

ONLY IN THEATERS, a compelling documentary about cinema & the legendary Los Angeles Laemmle Theater chain, family owned & operated, now principally by Greg Laemmle, the heir to the business & its CEO. It’s both a mournful, cautionary tale about the possible end of an epoch, yet also a hopeful reminder that movies have incorrectly been declared dead many times before. It recalls the history & vicissitudes of the movie-showing business, in which the Laemmles played an important role in L.A.. Above all it’s an appreciation of the things we take for granted: local book stores, coffee shops, family farms, local theaters & more, & a reminder that they exist because of the ingenuity, guts, & industry of individuals who pour more into their life’s work & legacy than they likely ever get out of it. Director Raphael Sbarge captures a moment in time.” –

Keith Simanton, IMDB REVIEWER

“ONLY IN THEATERS” IS THE STORY OF A FAMILY TRYING TO SURVIVE A SERIES OF SEISMIC SHIFTS IN THEIR INDUSTRY. AUDIENCES WILL FEEL LIKE THEY’RE GOING INTO BATTLE WITH THE LIKEABLE CLAN.      – NBC NEWS

“More than just a movie to us…it’s a celebration of people to whom I think we owe an enormous debt locally. There just would not be arthouse cinema in Los Angeles without the Laemmles.” – KPCC’s FilmWeek

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AGAINST ALL ODDS…

Four generations of the Laemmle family have dedicated themselves to supporting, encouraging, innovating and elevating the art of filmmaking. Responsible for bringing foreign film to Los Angeles and popularizing countless foreign independent films and their filmmakers, the Laemmle Theatres’ impact on Hollywood and world cinema cannot be overstated.

In a world of growing conglomeration, the Laemmle circuit of theatres has become even more of an anomaly: a family-owned and operated art house theatre chain.

“With appearances from Cameron Crowe, Ava DuVernay, Nicole Holofcener, and Alison Anders, Only in Theatres works as both a state-of-industry insight for those with a professional interest, and an irresistible story of an American dynasty and love letter to cinema for a general audience.” — WF, Galway Film Festival

DIRECTOR

Actor/Director Raphael Sbarge

FILM EDITOR, SOUND DESIGNER

Rick Pratt, Editor,  Thomas Cassetta, Sound Designer

APPEARANCES FROM:

Cameron Crowe, Ava DuVernay, James Ivory, Nicole Holofcener, Alison Anders, Roberta Grossman, and more.

Only in Theaters crew

(From LEFT): Greg Laemmle, Tish Laemmle, Raphael Sbarge, Jenna DeAngeles