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Last Remaining Seats Kicks Off With Few Seats Left

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Thursday, May 28, 2009, at 09:03AM
Head of the Line Ed Fuentes

Moviegoers waiting to see "The Sting" line up outside the Orpheum Theatre on Wednesday night.

The Los Angeles Conservancy's 23rd annual Last Remaining Seats series opened Wednesday night, bringing a screening of "The Sting" to the Orpheum Theatre. As usual, the night was a sell-out.

In fact, tickets remain on sale for only one night in the series, meaning that upcoming Wednesdays will again have long lines of movie palace worshipers out on Broadway.

While permanent programming for Broadway's collection of historic theatres has been elusive, the Last Remaining Seats series continues to show that fans will find their way Downtown for the right occasion.

The 1926 Orpheum has made the street's most complete recovery, hosting a steady slate of concerts, awards shows and special events under the guidance of owner Steve Needleman.

Except for the June 17th screening of the Brazilian comedy "MacunaĆ­ma" (1969), all screenings for this year's Last Remaining Seats are sold out, including "Buck Privates" (1941) at the Million Dollar Theatre, "Cabaret" (1972) and "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951) at the Los Angeles Theater, and "Pandora's Box" (1929) at the Orpheum.

For those attending last evening's kickoff, the worshiping of the fourth and final home of the Orpheum vaudeville circuit began with the movie palace version of a high priest, an organist. 95-year-old Bob Mitchell put the Orpheum's Mighty Wurlitzer through its paces, welcoming in the flock.

Those who missed out on tickets to Last Remaining Seats have another chance to see classic cinema in a Downtown theater next month, as the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation and the Jules Verne Adventure Fim Festival present screenings of "Houdini" and "Some Like It Hot" on June 13.

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