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Last Remaining Seats kicks off next week with 'Paper Moon'

By Hayley Fox
Published: Thursday, May 24, 2012, at 09:04AM
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People line up for Last Remaining Seats in front of the Orpheum theater.

Downtown's summertime film series Last Remaining Seats kicks off next week, and will be showcasing classic films at DTLA's old movie palaces until the end of June.

The series starts with "Paper Moon"-- a whimsical movie from 1973 that features outcasts, minor league criminality and the bonding of unlikely friends.

Other highlights from this year include "The Big Sleep" at the Los Angeles Theater (which is already sold out), and "Los tres Mosqueteros," a reason to slip inside the Million Dollar Theatre.

Seats was created in 1987 by the Los Angeles Conservancy as a way to publicize the many historic movie theaters on Broadway and throughout downtown L.A. Many of these theaters are shuttered most of the year and in need of restoration, and this annual event contributes money to historic preservation efforts.

While many of these movie palaces sit empty, others are being re-purposed to suit the changing face of Downtown. The United Artists theater on Broadway and 9th Street is now being transformed into a hip Ace Hotel -- the chain that got its name locally for being a Palm Springs party spot with record players in each of the rooms.

"Ace has a penchant for organic, authentic, unique design. Although we have been called a boutique hotel and a hip hotel, we're not sure what that really means," according to Ace's website.

The Orpheum Theater adapts to a wide range of entertainment uses-- from a taping of "American Idol" to an upcoming Jackson Browne benefit concert, the Orpheum's schedule has become as diverse as the population of DTLA.

This year the Orpheum will host "Tootsie" and "Robin Hood" as part of the Last Remaining Seats. The film series goes until June 30 and tickets are on sale now. This year is the 26th season for the L.A. Conservancy event.

Tickets are $16 for members and $20 for the general public. Go to the L.A. Conservancy's website to see the entire schedule and purchase tickets

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