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‘Moonlight’ screens to live music, packed crowd at downtown L.A.’s Million Dollar Theatre

‘Moonlight’ screens to live music, packed crowd at downtown L.A.’s Million Dollar Theatre

The crowd swelled inside the ornate Million Dollar Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday night for a screening of “Moonlight” with live musical accompaniment, fresh off the film’s Golden Globe win for best dramatic motion picture.

Composer Nicholas Britell joined the Wordless Music Orchestra beneath a giant projection of Barry Jenkins’ movie, a character portrait of a gay black youth growing up in a tough part of Miami.

It was the latest in a trend of films screened with live musicians replacing the score track. The Los Angeles Philharmonic has gotten into the game, at the Hollywood Bowl and at Walt Disney Concert Hall. A live...

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