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Los Angeles, CA: Sundance Sunset Cinema Scheduled to Open August 31, 2012

Posted on Monday, August 20th, 2012 2:16 PM by Scott Jentsch

The former Laemmle's Sunset 5The Sundance Sunset Cinema in Los Angeles, California is set to open on Friday, August 31, 2012, according to a press release issued by Sundance Cinemas, a theater chain owned by actor Robert Redford. Starting the Monday before, they will hold some pre-opening events that will benefit local non-profits.

Sundance Group President Robert Redford says, "I discovered my love of movies at a little single screen theatre on the west side of Los Angeles as a boy. Having this 'hometown' theatre dedicated to exhibiting the work of independent filmmakers is a considerable goal achieved, and having the Sundance Institute as a neighbor and collaborator on special programs will be a tremendous asset to our patrons".

The theater is located at Sunset and Crescent Heights Boulevard, which was the site of the Laemmle's Sunset 5, operated by Laemmle Theatres, which closed November 30, 2011.

The press release says that the theater will concentrate on "American Independent and foreign language titles" so it should provide no competition for the other theaters nearby. As soon as they make their showtimes known, we'll have them available on the Showtimes page for the theater.

The Hollywood Patch offers a photo slideshow and other information about the new theater in the links below:

The full press release appears below.

Note: the photo above of Laemmle's Sunset 5 is courtesy Laemmle Theatres. Do you have an updated photo? Please send it to us!

Press Release

Sundance Cinemas Announces Opening Date Sundance Sunset Cinema

July 30, 2012 LOS ANGELES, CA – Sundance Cinemas LLC, the motion picture theatre company today announced the grand opening date of the completely refurbished Sundance Sunset Cinema on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California for Friday, August 31st, 2012.

Sundance Cinemas will host three pre-opening celebration events, benefitting local non-profit organizations:

Monday, August 27th: A Celebration of Film: Sundance Institute

Tuesday, August 28th: Filmmakers and the Community: Outfest

Wednesday, August 29th: Sand Rocks & Sea: Heal The Bay
A Night To Benefit Rivers, Beaches & Oceans With a special presentation of Jamie Redford's new documentary 'Watershed: Exploring A New Water Ethic For The New West'. Produced by The Redford Center with filmmakers in person.

Sundance Cinema’s remodel of the former Sunset 5 theater at Sunset and Crescent Heights Blvd is finally finished. The new decor is pure Sundance: rustic, elegant and comfortable. Sundance Cinemas took the original theatre down to the studs, and have put in the latest digital presentation systems, all reserved stadium seating with plush rockers and tablettes, and rebuilt the lobby to include a Bistro serving classic movie treats, quick and easy snacks and a bar serving beer and wine which may be brought into the theatre during +21 shows. In addition, the experience has been expanded to include an upstairs lounge filled with comfortable Sundance Catalog furniture, and the patio has been annexed as a new outdoor lobby where patrons are invited to chat, drink and eat before or after the show. Programming will specialize in American Independent and foreign language titles.

Sundance Group President Robert Redford says, "I discovered my love of movies at a little single screen theatre on the west side of Los Angeles as a boy. Having this 'hometown' theatre dedicated to exhibiting the work of independent filmmakers is a considerable goal achieved, and having the Sundance Institute as a neighbor and collaborator on special programs will be a tremendous asset to our patrons". Sundance Cinemas President and CEO Paul Richardson said, "The new Sundance Sunset Cinema is going to be a gem located in the heart of Hollywood in Los Angeles. It's long been a dream to build a theatre in my home town, and I'm certain that this will be a place that patrons will enjoy as much as I will". For more information on Sundance Cinemas, please visit our website at www.sundancecinemas.com

Based in Los Angeles, Sundance Cinemas LLC is a multiple facility and growing national theatre circuit. Sundance Cinemas, LLC brings together Robert Redford’s Sundance brand, a recognized name in independent film, with a seasoned specialized theatre management team, responsible for building and operating some of the most successful theatres in the nation. Investment funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management are financing the company.



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Aug 31, 2012 - BigScreen Reader  

I heard that you will be using 'Reserved Seating' per the Arclight, Landmark and Grove. I personally do not like this system as it means a longer wait when purchasing tickets at the theatre and although you have a choice of where to sit, you don't have the choice of who you would prefer not to sit near or next to you [as in noisy groups or babies and young children].

Please take this into consideration as I know I speak for many others.

Thanks you and looking forward to attending. 

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