Going to TCM Festival? There are also a ton of film related activities happening all over Los Angeles that you might want to check out before or after the festival. This list was assembled with Beth Gallagher, the fabulous film blogger who writes Spellbound By Movies. We have both attend the TCM Film Festival in the past and will be covering it this year. Follow us on social media to see continual festival updates. You can follow Spellbound By Movies on Facebook and Twitter.
FIDM Fashion Exhibit
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising is having an Oscar costume exhibit and an exhibit on 1920s Exotica that features Valentino’s bolero from the 1922 film “Blood and Sand” along with a dress designed by his second wife Natacha Rambova. It is FREE and open to the public! The exhibit runs now through April 22nd.
Jean Harlow: Hollywood’s First Blonde Bombshell
This exhibit just recently opened at the Hollywood Museum in the Max Factor Building on Highland. It is just down the street from the TCM Film Festival in Hollywood. It features Harlow’s 1932 Packard, a costume from “Bombshell” and several other rare items. Admission is $15 and the exhibit will run for several months. Click on the link below for more details.
Bette Davis double feature on the big screen
The Laemmle Theatre chain has several different locations around Los Angeles. On April 4th several of the theatres will be showing the Bette Davis films MARKED WOMAN and NOW, VOYAGER. Click on this link for more details! While this double feature is playing at several locations, the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre will feature TCM guest and author Jeremy Arnold (“The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter”). He will introduce the films and sign his book in the lobby. By the way, the Ahrya Fine Arts was built in 1937 and is one of the few historic theatres left in Beverly Hills.
Fashion in Comedy from the 1930s – 1950s
TCM guest and fashion expert Kimerbly Truhler will be giving a lecture on April 4th at the Annenberg Community Beach house in Santa Monica. It is the site of the historic house formerly owned by Marion Davies. Truhler will take us through the sultry gowns and savvy designers who gave the comedies we love a serious dose of glamour. Her lecture series is one of the hottest tickets in town and this is already sold out! That said, you might want to call the Annenberg Beach House to check on the standby list.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery Tour
Ok, time for a shameless plug! I will be doing a pre-TCM special cemetery tour on Wednesday, April 5th at 10am and on Saturday, April 8th at 9am. **Note the April 8th tour has been changed to 9am to accommodate TCM fans! The tour lasts 2 hours and is $15 per person. Meet me at the flower shop just inside the front gates of the cemetery. The security guard will tell you where to park. I will be adding a ton of additional stars and information to the tour for TCM fans!
The New Beverly
Director Quentin Tarantino now programs this revival theatre and often with his own personal film prints. They show a variety of movies from silent classics to grindhouse fare. The schedule for April is not up yet, bt should be soon.
The Egyptian Theatre – Noir City
TCM “Noir Alley” host Eddie Muller will be hosting “Noir City 2017” at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood from March 24th – April 2nd. Try to catch this if you live locally or can arrive in town early before the TCM Festival fun begins!
The Birth of Motion Pictures: An Illustrated History of Silent Cinema 1910-1929
This exhibit is in the town of Brea, California about one hour outside of Los Angeles. It features rare silent film posters and an actual Academy Award from the silent era! Admission is $3.
Stay tune for updates and as there are likely to be more special events cropping up.
In the meantime, LET’S MOVIE!