Only in Theaters


Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Fri, Jan 13, 2023 3:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Sat, Jan 14, 2023 3:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Sun, Jan 15, 2023 3:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Mon, Jan 16, 2023 3:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Tue, Jan 17, 2023 6:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Wed, Jan 18, 2023 6:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Thu, Jan 19, 2023 6:30 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Documentary Feature
Release Year:2022
Run Time:94 minutes
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Raphael Sbarge


In 1938, two European Jewish immigrant brothers (who happened to be the cousins of famed movie mogul Carl Laemmle, founder of Universal Pictures) escaped fascist Germany right before World War II. They came to America and opened a movie theater. By the 1960’s, the dynamic Laemmle family owned and operated 6 theaters in the Los Angeles developing an outsized influence on cinema.

Over four generations, the Laemmles — a close-knit Jewish family — have dedicated themselves to supporting, innovating, and elevating the art of filmmaking. Responsible for bringing foreign film to Los Angeles, popularizing independent films, documentary films, and their makers, the Laemmle Theatres’ impact on Hollywood and world cinema cannot be overstated.

Today, in a world of conglomeration and streaming, as well as a pandemic, the Laemmle circuit of beloved theaters has faced unprecedented challenges.

Filmed over two years, director Raphael Sbarge was given complete access, and editorial control, over this family’s most turbulent time in 85 years of doing business. With appearances from Cameron Crowe, Ava DuVernay, James Ivory, Nicole Holofcener, and Alison Anders, “Only in Theaters” is both a state-of-industry film for insiders, a love letter to cinema for a general audience, as well as an irresistible story of a multi-generational American family. The film is further enhanced with appearances from critics, writers, and filmmakers Edward Goldman, Kevin Thomas, Kenneth Turan, Bruce Joel Rubin plus Leonard Maltin, Ross Melnick, Michael Renov, and Mark Ulano.

Laemmle Theatres, the beloved 84-year-old arthouse cinema chain in Los Angeles, is facing seismic change and downward pressure. Yet the family behind this multigenerational business — whose sole mission has been to support the art of film — is determined to see it survive.

“2022’s most emotional theatrical experience.” — Bob Strauss, Variety

“It’s a beautiful film and a timely one.” — Claudia Puig, Los Angeles Times

“Essential viewing for every filmgoer.” — Jason Delgado, Film Threat