In a recent interview with KCRW, Quentin Tarantino discussed his takeover of the New Beverly theater. It’s been around since 1978, opening with a double feature of “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Last Tango in Paris.” Since then, it has become an L.A. institution and landmark. In recent years, the theater (like so many of its kind) came on hard times, and Tarantino stepped in to help it stay in business.
Tarantino bought the theater in 2007 to stop it from being renovated and, until now, left the programming up to Michael Torgen, son of the theater’s original owner, Sherman. Starting yesterday, October 1, Tarantino took over programming for the theater, screening 35mm films from his own personal collection. In an interview with KCRW, Tarantino discussed the history of New Beverly, his personal connection to it, and the challenges of owning a small business. At one point in the interview, Tarantino implies his motives for stepping in to save the New Beverly aren’t sheerly altruistic; said the filmmaker: “My quality of life would be less in this town if the New Beverly was closed.”
Give the interview a listen below: