Column: Laemmle theater owners love art films, sex kittens

A special screening of the classic French film “Contempt” in Claremont on Sunday drew not only cinema lovers, but the owners of the Laemmle theater chain, who reflected on the theater’s fortunes and the film’s star, Brigitte Bardot. That’s the first item in Friday’s column, which also works in items from Montclair, Chino, Chino Hills, Rancho Cucamonga and Pomona.

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  • SAWZ

    I hope my neighbor will agree to save your column for me tomorrow. I will be going to another Laemmle theater in No Ho to see, “American Hustle”. I have never seen a Bridgette Bardot film–sorry I missed that chance. And, sorry I missed the chance to tell the owners how much I love their theaters and their diverse showings. I hope there were more than a few cinema lovers there so they will be convinced that they must keep their Claremont Complex operating.

    • davidallen909

      It was a decent crowd, maybe 40 or 50.

  • Bob House

    Spooky, the-Internet-knows-everything-about-us moment: When I clicked from the blog to go to the Daily Bulletin to read your column, I got a Mini (your new car) pop-up ad.

    • davidallen909

      No doubt a coincidence. (Right?) The pop-up ad should have a photo of a Mini and text reading “actual size.”

  • SAWZ

    After reading your column that my neighbor politely saved for me, at my request, I am doubly sorry I missed those two guys. Greg Laemmle has been on the screen, pushing his foundation, at every movie I have attended in Claremont the past two months. They were certainly right, that the door could not stay open if they showed only foreign/independent films. You could say, in their favor, that the American films they show are the cream of the crop, and believe it or not there are some American films that are far more entertaining than the foreign ones. From what I can recall over the past year, I saw two excellent foreign films–they were both horrifying too, and relevant: “Amour” and “The Attack”. And, I just saw two relevant foreign films, that were each so boring, I could not wait for them to end, “Gloria”, and “The American Beauty”. That’s what movie-going is–you have to see everything in order to find the gems.

    • SAWZ

      I was add, “everything that has been critically acclamined”.

      • davidallen909

        You’re right, the Claremont 5 has a better batting average than the larger multiplexes. I laughed at your point about boring foreign films. There are some. I had thought of seeing The Great Beauty and you made me think I may have dodged a bullet!

        • SAWZ

          You will only enjoy TGB if you want to spend over two hours getting fleeting glimpses of the architecture, art, and tourist spots of Rome while watching the idle rich (of Rome) spend their time doing nothing productive except partying away their days and nights.
          Speaking of multiplexes–I was surprised when I went to the No Ho Laemmle last Friday–the theater I was in was ala Mountain 14.

  • Doug Evans

    Enjoyed this column, as I enjoy all the columns, but (you knew there was a “but” coming) I’ve been meaning to write to point out that “TARDIS” is written with all caps. It’s an acronym for “Time And Relative Dimension In Space.” (There’s some discussion as to whether “Dimension” should have a final ‘s’, but let’s not get too nerdy.) You do get extra points for writing out “Doctor Who” instead of (shudder) “Dr. Who”!

    On a more serious note: I’ve known, thanks to your column, about the existence of Magic Door Used Books, but I’m ashamed to say I’ve never been there. On the other hand, I hit four bookstores on a recent trip to Santa Barbara! That did nothing to whittle down my Giant Stack of Unread Books, but it was worth it.

    Merry (day after ) Christmas, everyone!

    • davidallen909

      Interestingly (this may stretch the bounds of what’s of interest), for print, a copy editor did capitalize TARDIS, as well as add in parenthesis, “(time/space travel booth),” which struck me as gratuitous and not especially helpful — I mean, did that really tell the uninitiated why a bookstore owner would want one as a storage space?

      I did spell out “Doctor” as you once advised me!

      It’s never too late to visit Magic Door, Doug.

      • Doug Evans

        Yikes! Kudos to the copy editor for capitalizing “TARDIS” (which, of course, I was being tongue-in-cheek about… Well, 90% tongue-in-cheek!) but I agree… Adding “(time/space travel booth)” messes up the flow of your sentence while doing nothing to explain what you’re talking about! Your “Doctor Who fan” comment was enough… The initiated will get it; the uninitiated will say, “Oh, this is a reference to that science-fiction cult show I’ve either heard of or have never heard of. Moving on!”

        And now, in case he or she is reading this: Happy New Year to your copy editor! (Don’t want to leave anyone with hurt feelings!)

        Yes, visiting Magic Door is definitely on my agenda (and here’s another shout-out to your column for keeping us locals informed of places we should know about but might never find on our own). Pomona is one of those places very close to me that I never seem to have a reason to visit. But I have one more week of winter break, so I can hopefully slot out a day soon! (And if I make it by Tuesday, I can take advantage of his sale!)