After nearly 20 years in business, the Laemmle Sunset 5 movie theatre is closing its doors. Once the city’s preferred destination for independent cinema, business has faded, and the Laemmle chain now deems it financially prudent to allocate resources elsewhere. From the press release:
A mainstay of the Los Angeles exhibition scene since its opening in 1992, the Sunset 5, was vitally important in launching a wave of new directors. Filmmakers such as Todd Haynes (SAFE), Lisa Cholodenko (HIGH ART), Doug Liman (SWINGERS), Catherine Hardwicke (THIRTEEN), Bryan Singer (THE USUAL SUSPECTS), Todd Solondz (WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE), and Bill Condon (GODS & MONSTERS) saw their films premiere to sell-out crowds at the Sunset.
This fishie recalls seeing a few of those movies at the Sunset 5, not to mention several awesome film festivals and events. It was more than a movie theater, it was a cultural destination, and it’s sad to see it go. It seems likely that the demise of the Sunset 5 was helped along by the closing of once thriving businesses in the same shopping complex, including the Virgin MegaStore and the Wolfgang Puck Cafe.
Subsequently on FishbowlLA:
Robert Redford Rides Into Laemmle’s Sunset 5