‘I truly believe that the best way to see a film is on the big screen,’ says director Sean Baker, ‘and we’re blessed to have some of the greatest venues right here in Los Angeles.’ Best known for his 2017 film, The Florida Project, and 2015’s Tangerine, which was shot in Los Angeles using an iPhone 5s smartphone, here Baker shares his favourite spots beyond the Soho House screening room to catch a film around town.
‘Operated by American Cinematheque, this Santa Monica theatre is where you will find old and new Hollywood classics, and if you’re lucky, a personal appearance or two. Airplane! was on there recently and the Zucker brothers were there for a Q&A. It also shows many titles on film, rather than digital.’
‘You can find both mainstream and indie titles at this centrally located theatre on Sunset and Vine. Plus, the quality of the picture and sound is top-notch – arguably the best in the city.’
TCL Chinese Theater
‘How could I leave this one out? It is beautiful inside and out. It has cement hand and footprints of the people who made Hollywood famous; architecture that reflects the imagination and creative whimsy of the movie business; and a beautifully restored theatre. Not only is this venue historically significant and a cultural landmark, it’s also my favourite place to go for 3D films.’