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  • Carrie Specht

LACMA $2 Tuesdays for Classic Cinema


The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is continuing with one of their most popular programs - Tuesday Matinees! Every Tuesday the LACMA screens a classic Hollywood film. Some films are well known, and some you ought to know. At a mere two dollars for the price of admission I can’t see how anyone this summer can pass up the opportunity to see these great films on the big screen of the air conditioned Bing Theatre. There’s no popcorn and soda available, but who needs to spend the extra cash anyway?

All shows start 1 p.m. so you still have time to make today’s screening of Ernst Lubitsch’s The Smiling Lieutenant. The film stars Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert and Miriam Hopkins in a delightful tale about an unusual love triangle where on woman ends up training the other to win the affections of the man they both love. Well, it is Lubitsch and it was made in 1931, so it’s far more innocent than it sounds. Yet, being pre-code it definitely displays a playful use of double entendres and innuendo.

Also included in the series is a suspensful Film Noir/Mystery, some hilarious lowbrow comedy, and one of the most wonderfully dramatic melodramas every to hit the screen. Honestly, it would be a shame not to take advantage of at least one of these screenings. If you don’t I know you’ll be sorry. I hate myself right now for not being able to make all of them (stupid job!). But for those who have no conflict this series should be considered one of the must dos of the summer.

For a complete schedule of the Tuesday Matinees lineup, and to find out what else is happening at the LACMA use the image above as a link to the official site. Located on the historic Miracle Mile and surrounded by a beautiful sculpture garden there’s no doubt you’ll find many other things to do either before or after the movie. In fact, I urge you to take full advantage of your time at the museum. It’s a truly lovely atmosphere in which to while away the hours of an LA summer day.