At LA Observed, Kevin Roderick posted "Your fashion and dining guidance for Last Remaining Seats 2015," the sixth post offering ideas on what to wear, and where to dine, so viewers can take in the LA Conservancy's summer screening series with alternative style. I thought of it to use here, but it ends up taking a dignified tour of blogs that cover downtown well.
Random passages from previous years after the jump.
"Back to the Future" at Ace Hotel via Last Remaining Seats 2014 [LA Observed]
Bringing Back Broadway's latest trip to its future was the opening of the Ace Hotel, and this screening gives filmgoers a chance to dress retro 1980s, or jump back even further to the 1950s. The in-house brasserie, L.A. Chapter, has a menu and hours that caters the two screening schedule.
But the real honor goes to the silver-haired doctor who ran on faith, a touch of eccentricity, and maybe a little madness. I'm not talking about Dr. Emmett Lathrop "Doc" Brown (Christopher Lloyd), the sidekick to Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), armed with a flux capacitor and a time machine built out of DeLorean. I speak of the late Dr. Gene Scott, who kept the pulse of the United Artist Theater alive as a broadcast site for his television ministry, and nabbed two "Jesus Saves" neon signs in 1989. The Ace Hotel kept one, and it will remain part of downtown's former ambiance. Need one more film reference? The neon signs were installed on the roof of the Church of the Open Door at the Bible Institute of Los Angeles at 6th Street and Hope, and dedicated in 1935. In 1985, the year "Back to the Future" was released, The Church of the Open Door held its final services, and "Jesus Saves" neon became lit archives (before placed in storage in 1988). As Doc Brown may have said: "Great Gene Scott!
"I guess you guys aren't ready for that yet. But your kids are gonna love it." - Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox)
"To Catch a Thief" at Orpheum Theatre via Last Remaining Seats 2013 [LA Observed]
Costume designer Edith Head fussed over Grace Kelly's Frances Stevens, so a French Riviera Technicolor is draped and fitted fashion glam on the Hitchcockian blonde. Not that Cary Grant's retired jewel thief, John Robie, was just slumming in his smart sneaky loafers. If you decide to be a fashion copycat of the feline femme fatale or former cat burglar, elegance is the key. Wear 1955 style with conman-like confidence and you can slip in the new French bistro, Figaro, on Broadway. You can also opt for downtown French spots, Coco Laurent, or the Arts District-based Church & State.
"The cat has a new kitten." - Frances Stevens (Grace Kelly)
"The Big Sleep" at the Los Angeles Theater via Last Remaining Seats 2012 [KCET]
Downtown Los Angeles has a number of places where a couple, dressed as private detective Philip Marlowe and Vivian Rutledge, can walk the mean streets toward a local bar to slam a shot-of-choice while shooting each other Chandleresque quips in the dark. Broadway Bar. The Edison. Golden Gopher. No matter. A night out can be like plot of "The Big Sleep" -- confusing, conflicting, and no real answer. So what? It's about the investigation being done in style.
"She tried to sit in my lap while I was standing up." - Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart)
"King Kong" at the Los Angeles Theater via Last Remaining Seats 2011 [blogdowntown]
To find what a renegade filmmaker would wear, just look at what location crews wear around Downtown and then adjust it with a 1933 safari twist. You can also take a cue from the scene of the lovestruck ape’s opening night in Manhattan and dress for a big night out on the town.
This would be a good time for the modern version of jungle drums—Twitter—to make the call for the food truck tribe to hit Broadway. A special parking spot must be left for KingKone. End the night with a cocktail at the tropical-themed Trader Vics. Then again, you can't go wrong with the evening's sponsors: Clifton's Cafeteria and the Edison.
“I don't know - they say it's some big gorilla.” - Theatre Patron
"How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" at the Los Angeles Theater via Last Remaining Seats 2010 [blogdowntown]
Mad Men-style may be the must-wear style for this picture, which stars Robert Morse. Morse's TV role as Bertram Cooper could be considered an homage to the part he played in the 1967 musical comedy about J. Pierrepont Finch, a career ladder climbing romantic hero surviving the corporate world.
Is 1967 too out of date to emulate Don Draper's skinny tie formality or Betty Draper sensible sweaters? Not at all.
The Broadway musical, which also starred Morse, opened in 1961. Besides, dedicated Mad Men fans will know that the Los Angeles Theater has been a location for the AMC original series. Interiors are filmed at Los Angeles Center Studios just west of the 110 freeway. Pre-show dining option: the cheeky and mod 24/7 Restaurant at The Standard Downtown.
The 2015 edition of Last Remaining Seats runs between June 10 - 27, 2015. Tickets go on sale March 25 to L.A. Conservancy members ($16) and April 8 to the general public ($20).