Column: With Laemmle’s Claremont 5 for sale, it’s getting reel

The latest around Claremont’s independent movie house is that, closed during coronavirus, it’s also on the market. As a fan of the theater, the only consistent place to see indie and foreign films in the 909, I write about the possibility of its being sold for Friday’s column.

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  • SAWZ

    I haven’t had the chance to read the column yet, but you are causing terror in my heart. The Claremont citizens must rise up and prevent this travesty. Where else can people see movies that are so delightful as one such as “The Peanut Butter Falcon” and all the fantastic documentaries! I still have some ;unused dollars on my “Premier Card” and would hate to have to keep riding the rails to
    N. Hollywood–if it even opens again.. The Laemmle has been offering movies virtually for $12–no bargain–and the thought of sitting at a computer screen for two hours is not inviting.

    • davidallen909

      When I got the news, Shirley, you were the first person I thought of.

  • SAWZ

    Today when I went to Rancho on business I was told that the Claremont Laemmle is definitely closed permanently. Tonight, while searching the Laemmle sites to see if I must immediately begin the period of mourning, I ran across your July 09, column which I had not been able to read before because I am shut out of the library. Lo and behold–there was you in a video reading an essay about your anniversary of living in Claremont 21 years. Good things come from despair sometimes–it is the most delightful thing I have ever seen you do. (My premier card has almost a $100 left on it. I had gone to Pasadena via the rails one time for a movie that was evidently never going to come to Claremont and also went to N. Hollywood several times. I think that particular Laemmle theater in Pasadena did eventually close (I recall descending into a “basement” to that auditorium). The N. Hollywood site is very easy to get to via Metrolink and Red Line, except that it takes a long time. You might want to try that one in the future if there is no local option.

    • davidallen909

      Thank you regarding the video! Yes, the NoHo Laemmle is rail friendly, but about two hours away. Pasadena by car is much closer. I’m hoping the Claremont Laemmle reopens; as my column notes, it may very well (just because it’s on the market doesn’t mean it won’t operate in the meantime).

      • SAWZ

        David, I would prefer to spend two hours on the rails compared to 15 minutes on the freeway. What is needed is that Gold Line extension from Pomona to Montclair.