Things to do, movies in LA, OC: “Grease”, Olivia Newton-John


Find a movie with our weekly curated list of classic movies, cult movies, film festivals, and more, playing in theaters, drive-ins, and pop-ups and/or streaming online. Before you go, remember to call or check online for booking conditions and COVID-19 protocols.

‘Amazing Grace’
Aretha Franklin makes a joyful noise in this glorious 2018 documentary compiled from footage shot during the recording of the queen of soul’s Grammy-winning 1972 gospel album. UCLA Film & Television Archive, UCLA Hammer Museum, Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood. 7:30 p.m. August 16. Free ; no registration required. cinema.ucla.edu

“Back-to-school marathon”
Enjoy a numbing parade of campus comedy beginning with “Clueless” and followed by “Easy A”, “The Craft”, “Mean Girls” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”. The Frida Cinema, Calle Cuatro Plaza, 305 E. 4th St., Santa Ana. Midday. August 13. $25. thefridacinema.org

‘Cinderella’
R&B star Brandy is our young heroine and Whitney Houston her fairy godmother in this 1997 made-for-TV musical based on the fairy tale. Street Cinema, Verdugo Park, 1621 Cañada Blvd., Glendale. 8:30 p.m. August 13. $10 – $30; 5 and under, free; advance purchase recommended. streetfoodcinema.com

“The first female villains of cinema”
They are most certainly not on their best behavior in this four-part series highlighting recently restored silent-era films in the United States and Europe. UCLA Film & Television Archive, UCLA Hammer Museum, Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood. 7:30 p.m. on August 12, 13, 19 and 21. Free ; pre-registration recommended; standby line available. cinema.ucla.edu

“A Clockwork Orange”
Fancy a bit of the old Ludwig van? Malcolm McDowell does in Stanley Kubrick’s still shocking 1971 fable about street thugs in dystopian Britain. Based on the novel by Anthony Burgess. The Frida Cinema, Calle Cuatro Plaza, 305 E. 4th St., Santa Ana. 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on August 12, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on August 13 and 14. $7.50 to $10.50. thefridacinema.org

‘Dirty Dancing’
Thirty-fifth anniversary screenings of this 1987 romance about a shy teenage girl (Jennifer Grey) who bonds with a hunky dance instructor (Patrick Swayze) at a Catskills resort in 1963. Fathom Events, various local theaters ( see website). 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. August 14, 7 p.m. August 17. $18-$20. fathomevents.com

“Floating Weeds”
A traveling theater company creates more drama offstage than onstage while performing in a small seaside town in Yasujirō Ozu’s must-have 1959 classic. In Japanese with English subtitles. Brain Dead Studios at the Silent Movie Theater, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., LA 8 p.m. Aug. 17. $12; advance purchase required. studios.wearebraindead.com

“Forbidden Planet”
Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis and Leslie “Don’t call me Shirley” Nielsen star in this 1956 sci-fi classic based on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 5 p.m. Aug. 13. Free with museum admission ($12 to $15; students, active military, and those 18 and under are free). nortonsimon.org

‘Grease: Sing-Along’
The dearly departed Olivia Newton-John stars alongside John Travolta in this hit 1978 musical about 1950s teenage lovers. Rooftop Cinema Club Arts District, Row DTLA, 777 S. Alameda St., Downtown LA 7:30 p.m. on August 18. $20.75 to $27.75; for 18 years and over only. rooftopcinemaclub.com

HollyShorts Film Festival
This celebration of short films from around the world continues. TCL Chinese Theaters, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Various sessions until August 20. Pass: $55 to $300. hollyshorts.com

‘Koyaanisqatsi’
See life, the universe and everything from a different perspective in this 1982 visual essay without dialogue or narration set to music by Philip Glass. Alamo Drafthouse, 700 W. 7th St., Downtown LA 3 p.m. Aug. 12, 2:20 p.m. Aug. 13, 2:15 p.m. Aug. 15, 8 p.m. Aug. 17. $18. drafthouse.com

Underground Women International Film Festival
This showcase for groundbreaking feminist art films includes a new restoration of Robert J. Kaplan’s 1972 fable “The Scarecrow in a Cucumber Garden” starring Puerto Rican transgender actress Holly Woodlawn. American Cinematheque at the Aero Theater, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. 1 p.m. Aug. 13. $10-$15. americancinematheque.com

‘Pillow talk’
A tribute to Doris Day includes the beloved star opposite Rock Hudson in this frothy 1959 romantic comedy. Tony Randall also stars. Presented in 35mm. Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Ted Mann Theater, 6067 Wilshire Blvd., LA 2 p.m. Aug. 13. $5. academymuseum.org

‘The postman always rings twice’
John Garfield is warm to Lana Turner’s form in this steamy 1946 film noir based on James M. Cain’s novel. Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond Street, El Segundo. 2:30 p.m. Aug. 14. $10-$12. oldtownmusichall.org

‘Sleeping Beauty’
One day her prince will come in Disney’s 1959 animated classic based on the fairy tale. Presented in 35mm. New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Blvd., LA 2 p.m. Aug. 13-14. $10; advance purchase recommended. thenewbev.com

“Three colors: blue”
Screenings of new 4K restorations of all three films from Krzysztof Kieślowski’s acclaimed trilogy begin with this 1993 drama starring Juliette Binoche. In French with English subtitles. American Cinematheque at Los Feliz 3, 1822 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz. 1:30 p.m. on August 12, 7 p.m. on August 14. $8-$13. americancinematheque.com

Venice Heritage Museum Film Festival
Outdoor screenings of short films celebrating the people and culture of the seaside community. Vice Media, 589 Venice Blvd., Venice. 7 p.m. Aug. 13. $20; 12 and under, free. flipcause.fr

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