Give the Gift of Movies this Holiday Season!

Now Playing • Nov 6–Nov 21

The Florida Project

Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince in a stunning breakout turn) and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinaite, another major discovery) over the course of a single summer. The two live week to week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget motel managed by Bobby (a career-best Willem Dafoe), whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion. 

Now Playing • Nov 17–Nov 30

Lady Bird

In Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird's father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.

Now Playing • Nov 21

Desert Hearts

This film is a part of our OUT Here series.

With a special performance by singer-songwriter Elaine Townsend.

Donna Deitch’s swooning and sensual first film, Desert Hearts was groundbreaking upon its 1986 release: a love story about two women, produced and directed by a woman. In the 1959-set film, an adaptation of a beloved novel by Jane Rule, straitlaced East Coast professor Vivian Bell arrives in Reno to file for divorce, but winds up catching the eye of someone new, the younger free spirit Cay (Patricia Charbonneau), touching off a slow seduction that unfolds against the breathtaking desert landscape. With smoldering chemistry between its two leads, an evocative jukebox soundtrack, and vivid cinematography by Robert Elswit, Desert Hearts beautifully exudes a sense of tender yearning and emotional candor.

Now Playing • Nov 22–Nov 30

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a darkly comedic drama from Academy Award® winner Martin McDonagh. After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award® winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, commissioning three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Academy Award® nominee Woody Harrelson), the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement is only exacerbated.

Coming Soon • Nov 23

The Last Waltz

This film should be played loud! Join us for a special Thanksgiving presentation of The Last Waltz. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Martin Scorsese, Waltz captures The Band’s (made famous by collaborations with Bob Dylan) “farewell concert appearance” on Thanksgiving Day 1976. Featuring performances by The Band, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton and others, the film is a must for rock n’ roll fans and has been applauded for being one of the best concert films ever made.

Coming Soon • Nov 28

In Between (Bar Bahar)

This film is a part of our Foreign Focus series.

Lalia, Salma, and Nur share an apartment in the vibrant heart of Tel Aviv. Lalia, a criminal lawyer with a wicked wit, loves to burn off her workday stress in the underground club scene. Salma, slightly more subdued, is a DJ and bartender. Nur is a younger, religious Muslim girl who moves into the apartment in order to study at the university. Yet despite their differences, the three women find themselves balancing tradition and modernity, citizenship and culture, fealty and freedom.

Coming Soon • Dec 1

Coffy

This film is a part of First Friday Cinema Explosion!

A nurse takes vigilante justice against inner-city drug dealers after her sister becomes their latest victim.

Coming Soon • Dec 4–Dec 24

Holly Jolly Hollywood

Holly Jolly Hollywood is coming to town! Come out of the cold and into our theater for holiday cheer that will warm even the most frost-bitten of hearts. As always, we’re screening your favorite holiday classics alongside new and exciting picks.

Whether you want to make season's greeting cards and watch Miracle on 34th Street, gorge on tasty baked treats during Little Women, or dress up in your freshest 90s fashions for Edward Scissorhands, the Nick is your winter wonderland.

Coming Soon • Dec 4

Indie Grits Labs Education Fundraiser

The evening will include live jazz music, dinner and wine provided by The War Mouth, and a silent auction.

Funds raised through this event will go towards supporting Indie Grits Labs and the Helen Hill Media Education Center whose programs foster 21st-century skills necessary to be an active citizen in our increasingly media-heavy society and plant the seeds for the film and media artists of the future by offering training, space and resources for the creation of new film and video work. Indie Grits Labs offers media literacy labs, after-school programs, adult workshops, and film camps for students and worked with over 500 students last year. To learn more about the educational programs offered visit Indiegrits/education.org.

Coming Soon • Dec 4

Home Alone

This film is part of our Holly Jolly Hollywood Series. $5 tickets are available for children ages 12 and under. Join us for festivities including treats, a holiday sweater competition and trivia!  

In one of the the highest grossing comedies of all time, hero Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) has free reign over his well-appointed suburban home when his family forgets to take him on their Parisian Christmas holiday. After a frolicking montage of junk-food eating, bed jumping, and television bingeing, Kevin matures and tries his hand at "adulting."

Thank you to our sponsor:
Mast General Store

Coming Soon • Dec 5

For the Record

In the face of a 24-hour news cycle rife with punditry and accusations of fakery, the subjects of truth and evidence remain more vital and contested than ever. Motivated by a curiosity about how and when images are accepted as fact, “For the Record” presents a combination of new and classic documentary films that explore and interrogate cinematic realism. Each screening is followed by a post-screening conversation or panel exploring the themes introduced by the documentaries.

Special thanks to our series sponsor:
Susan Thorpe and John Baynes

Coming Soon • Dec 6

Hearts and Minds

A part of our For the Record series.

A conversation moderated by Kent Germany, Associate Professor of History at USC follows the screening.

A film of tremendous historical and cultural resonance. Released in the midst of the Vietnam War, the Nixon presidency, and eleven months before the Fall of Saigon, Hearts and Minds was praised by the New York Times in 1975 as "extraordinary" and "the true film for America's bicentennial." Combining combat footage, Hollywood film clips, and interviews with key figures including General William Westmoreland, Davis' film reimagined the terms of political documentary prompting Michael Moore to hail it as the "definitive" account of the war.

Coming Soon • Dec 10

Little Women

This film is part of our Holly Jolly Hollywood Series. $5 tickets are available for children ages 12 and under. Come early to sample baked goods inspired by Little Women!

Don’t miss this beloved adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel – starring 90s icons Winona Ryder, Claire Danes and Kirsten Dunst as the fearless, imaginative March women. With their father away at war, prim Meg, wild Jo, kindhearted Beth and spirited (and sometimes selfish) Amy support each other, pursue education, seek careers, and find love, all while bucking 19th century restrictions on women’s comport.

Thank you to our sponsor:
Mast General Store

Coming Soon • Dec 11

Edward Scissorhands

This film is part of our Holly Jolly Hollywood Series. $5 tickets are available for children ages 12 and under.

One of Tim Burton's most beloved, personal films. The story of a half-completed animated human whose strange, sharp exterior doesn't match his gentle heart. One day an Avon Lady discovers Edward (Johnny Depp) in an abandoned gothic mansion and takes him into her pastel-suburbia town. As Edward tries to adapt to "normal" life, he finds himself falling in love with the daughter of his new family (played by Depp’s real-life girlfriend at the time Winona Ryder). While Edward and his new family try to use his strange appendages to win over the townspeople, his greatest challenges are no different from the average teen’s: high school bullies and crushes. The ultimate outsider story told with Burton’s characteristic flare.

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Mast General Store

Coming Soon • Dec 17–Dec 18

It’s a Wonderful Life

This film is part of our Holly Jolly Hollywood Series. $5 tickets are available for children ages 12 and under.

Do you really think we’d let a holiday season pass without the film in which the protagonist gleefully exclaims: “Merry Christmas, movie house!”? A story of love, humor, wit and heartbreak, It’s a Wonderful Life follows George as he marries his sweetheart (the dazzling Donna Reed), advocates for affordable housing and combats the greed of the town’s cruel business leader Mr. Potter.

Thank you to our sponsor:
Mast General Store

Coming Soon • Dec 24

Miracle on 34th Street

This film is part of our Holly Jolly Hollywood Series. $5 tickets are available for children ages 12 and under. Come early for special holiday card making!

In this 1947 gem, a hard working realist, Doris (Maureen O’Hara), hires Kris Kringle (aka Santa Claus) as Macy’s resident Santa when they’re original hire ends up to have less-than-saintly habits. Though Doris is skeptical, Kris soon becomes a hit with the company owner and shoppers alike for his commitment to character and honest-to-a-fault attitude. Even Doris’s equally no-nonsense daughter (played by a then-8-year-old Natalie Wood) is won over. However, jealous co-workers aren’t so charmed by Kris’s insistence that he is the real Santa Claus, and soon he’s involved in an epic court battle to prove his sanity and identity.

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Mast General Store

Coming Soon • Jan 21

West Side Story

Introduction by J. Daniel Jenkins, Associate Professor of Music Theory at USC.

Celebrate the centennial of composer Leonard Bernstein with a gorgeous, Hollywood musical! This contemporary update of Romeo and Juliet stars Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer as Maria and Tony, star-crossed lovers from rival New York street gangs. Adapted from a Tony Award-winning musical, with a stunning credits sequence by Saul Bass, vivid color, and exquisite dance sequences, the film was a smash box office success and swept the Oscars, earning awards for Best Picture, Acting, Cinematography, Score, Choreography, and more. Enjoy this classic film the way it was meant to be seen!

Coming Soon • Feb 14

When Harry met Sally

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the beloved romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally and sweeten your evening at Tallulah with “Faking It,” a delicious chocolate mousse inspired by Sally’s idiosyncratic personality and restaurant orders.

Rob Reiner’s unsurpassable 1989 hit cemented itself as the gold standard of romantic comedy films when it addressed the elephant in the room: “Can a man and a woman be friends without sex getting in the way?” The film stars Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan in the leading roles as friends trying to understand if the daily chemistry amounts to something more. Nora Ephron’s award winning screenplay additionally benefits from the decision to include actual couples describing their own love stories. Funny, romantic and realistic throughout – When Harry Met Sally effectively captures the tender ways that opposites attract.