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A film about a weird and wonderful double feature revival theater dedicated to 35mm & cinema since 1978 - and why it still matters.

What would you give to preserve the rich history of cinema? Help us to preserve the cinema stories and experiences from the past century.

When we lose the rich tapestry of roots, we lose something very important. Nostalgic is a vital, life-giving thing.

 My name is Julia Marchese and I am making a documentary that cherishes my favorite place in the entire world - The New Beverly Cinema. 

 At the New Beverly Cinema, a double feature still only costs $8. It’s a nostalgic cinema going experience from a time long forgotten. At the New Bev cinema friendly staff greet you; their employees genuinely love film and more that happy to discuss the movies and to recommend an old flick that you really must see.

 Do you remember your first movie going experience? What was it like?

This is an important documentary, a passion project that aims to protect and cherish your movie memories, by protecting revival cinemas like the New Beverly, which play a vital and important role in keeping the old memories alive and available in our rapidly changing world.

At the New Beverly, it’s not about the money; it’s all about the movies and the people who love them.

Here’s the crazy thing, your movie memories are under siege and the threat is real and imminent. Revival theatres like the New Beverly are now an endangered species. We must act now to save the cinemas and protect our past.

This documentary must be made and the time to make it is now. Why?

The Major Studios (the owners of the old films) have recently written a letter promising to withdraw their 35mm prints. Last year I started a petition last year asking studios to let their film prints remain available to revival theaters indefinitely. I successfully raised 10,000 signatures from movie lovers in over 60 countries around the world.

This documentary plus the support of movie lovers from around the globe, will petition the studios to see sense and to truly value the rich history of the cinema going experience. With your help we can preserve a little bit of our past and share it with the generations that are to come.

 Your donation will be allowing us to work with - and pay fairly - a crew that we know and trust, to use professional equipment, to produce quality feature length documentary that will screen at revival cinemas all around the world.

We have passion and we have the talent, we just need your support.

It’s important, because your memories matter, not just to you but to the future generation of cinema lovers. The time to make this film is now.

Several directors who have previously programmed at the New Beverly will be interviewed for the film. Interviews slated so far (schedule permitting) include Kevin Smith (Clerks), Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead), Joe Carnahan (The Grey), Rian Johnson (Brick), Joe Dante (Gremlins), Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator), Patton Oswalt (Young Adult), Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go), Tom Holland (Fright Night), John Landis (The Blues Brothers), Fred Dekker (Monster Squad) and Allison Anders (Gas Food Lodging) as well as a few secrets....

Click these links for more information on the New Beverly Cinema and the petition's impact

Feel free to contact me at fightfor35mm@yahoo.com. 

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