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artsl00 entertainment Fine Arts Theater "Offers Unique Movie Viewing Local theater stands apart from mainstream multiplex chain theaters. By Ethan Elkind There are not too many movie theaters left in Los Angeles that are both indeperltlent and historic. And there are definitely not too many theaters where the director just might stop in and lead the audience in a question and answer session. But here in Beverly Hills there is a movie theater that ,: f;crs just that. The Fine Arts Theater has been a familiar site in Beverly Hills-since 1938. Featuring primarily foreign films and the occasional film festival and advanced screening, Fine Arts offers a movie viewing experience that is hard to come by in the age of multiplex chain theaters. The building itself exhibits a charm and intimacy that comes from its original design as a stage theater. Converted to a movie theater in the 1940s, it is now owned by the Cecchi Gori family - two brothers who also run a chain of movie theaters in Italy (the mural in the front lobby depicts one of the brothers' wives). The theater "\\; is managed by Landmark Theaters, an independent movie chain. The owners renovated the single-screen theater in 1993, adding plush seats, drink holders and touching up the art deco lanterns and chandelier. One of the perks of the Fine Arts' location in Beverly Hills is that directors of the films sometimes come by informally to chat with the employees, even speaking in front of the audience. Last year, Tony Bui, director of "Three Seasons," starring Harvey Keitel and set in Saigon with an all Vietnamese cast, led a question and answer session with the audience following a show- ill[There was] one incident where a box office attendee asked Charlton Heston to show identification when Heston requested to enter for free as a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures. | | ing of the movie. Pedro.Almodovar, the highly acclaimed Spanish director, also stopped by recently, since the theater is now showing his movie "All About My Mother", which won a Golden Globe Award this past Sunday. With such a diverse array of films, expect the crowd to be of mixed age and backgrounds. And while the occasional celebrity may stop by for a screening of an Oscar contender, the theater is very egalitarian. "We show no favoritism for celebrities," laughs Fine Arts manager Casey M. Rocke. "They have to wait in line like everyone else." Rocke recalls one incident where a box office attendee asked Charlton Heston to show identification when Heston requested to enter for free as a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures. With such a historic background, perhaps you will even see a ghost from its stage theater days. Rocke muses that there are some theories about whether or not the theater is haunted by an old stage actress. "One of the employees claims to have seen the head of an actress above the screen, but who knows." Though you may not see a ghost at the Fine Arts Theater, rest assured that you will see quality films in a unique and intimate setting. [] 14 Beverly Hills Weekly Are you experiencing Breakouts. pimples, acne scars? Hair loss? Unwantecl facial hair growth ? Skin tags? These coull-be signs of HORMONAL IMBALANCE. Dr. Armanl Newman 9301 Wilshire BI #301 Beverly Hills. 902]0 310-888-8877" Boarl certified in lermatology WARNER BUSINESS PRODUCTS IS THE ONE STOP SOURCE FOR ALL OF YOUR OFFICE SUPPLY NEEDS !! OFFICE SUPPLIES & FURNITURE COMPUTER SUPPLIES & FURNITURE JANITORIAL SUPPLIES SHIPPING SUPPLIES TONER SUPPLIES FOR ALL MACHINES CUSTOM STAMPS & SIGNS SERVING CALIFORNIA SINCE 1984 WE WILL MEET OR BEAT OUR COMPETITOR'S PRICES (Free delivery with $40.00 minimum order) CALL (818) 887-7500 for a free catalog or to place an order Mention this ad to receive an additional 10% off your first order. t