Tarantino-Owned Theater Set To Reopen June 1st

May 03, 2021

By Kana Ruhalter

Quentin Tarantino’s historic revival theater New Beverly Cinema announced on Saturday via social media that it will be opening its doors to the public on June 1. The famed Los Angeles theater did not provide further details but hinted that more information was on its way.

New Beverly Cinema announced last March that they would be shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last month, California Gov. Gavin Newsom stated that COVID-19 restrictions would—for the most part—be lifted on June 15. Officials say enough people should be vaccinated to allow them to open under normal operations. 

The historic theater was built in 1929 and bought by Sherman Torgan in 1978. Torgan offered double-feature pairings of classic, foreign, independent, and arthouse cinema. Upon Torgan’s death in 2007, revered Oscar-winner Quentin Tarantino bought the building, saving it from redevelopment plans. 

"It was going to be turned into a Super Cuts," the Oscar-winning filmmaker said at the time. "I'd been coming to the New Beverly ever since I was old enough to drive there from the South Bay — since about 1982. So, I couldn't let that happen."

Tarantino remains active in the theater’s monthly programming. As part of his hands-on effort, he shows many 35mm and 16mm prints from his private collection. 

"As long as I'm alive, and as long as I'm rich, the New Beverly will be there, showing double features in 35mm," Tarantino has said. 

New Beverly Cinema is located on 7165 Beverly Blvd. in Los Angeles.