Here's a great Christmas present for Los Angeles: After months on hiatus for renovations, the New Beverly Cinema will reopen on December 1, offering a slate of classic and cult titles, many themed for the holiday season. Mixed in with the New Beverly's usual slew of exploitation flicks will be such family-friendly films as Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th Street (1947), Santa Claus: The Movie, It's a Wonderful Life, and March of the Wooden Soldiers.
Ironically, considering the outrage that greeted its original release (which helped lead to the creation of the PG-13 rating), Gremlins will screen as a Kiddie Matinee, so that young children can enjoy seeing small town American overrun by monsters on Christmas Eve.
The New Beverly will also be offering several R-rated holiday horror movies: Christmas Evil; Black Christmas; Silent Night, Deadly Night; Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2, double-billed with a secret bonus film; and New Year's Evil.
Other fantasy films on the December schedule include Batman Returns and Death Race 2000 (in celebration of David Carradine's birthday).
Since undergoing a major upgrade a few years ago, the New Beverly has offered a comfortable, reasonably priced opportunity to view classic films projected in 35mm on the big screen, with good sound and picture quality. It will be nice to have the theatre back in business.
See the complete schedule here.