Joe Dante

"Gremlins," "Innerspace" When I came to L.A. in 1974 there were still a lot of repertory theaters, but the programming at LACMA was special and unique due to the museum's industry access. I practically lived at the Bing auditorium every weekend for years. Studio prints of all the classics were often accompanied by memorable appearances by still-extant actors, directors, producers and other personnel. Ron Haver provided thorough notes and thematic programs, and many a budding filmmaker got a star-studded course in film history at the often overflowing venue. Projection and sound were and remain top-notch and LACMA has long been one of the premiere spots to view classic films.
Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times
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