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Only in Theaters (2023)

Opens on March 17

Director: Raphael Sbarge Run Time: 94 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2022

Starring: Ava DuVernay, Cameron Crowe, Nicole Holofcener

Country: English
Language: United States

About the film:

World Premiere, 2022 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Laemmle Theatres, the beloved 84-year-old arthouse cinema chain in Los Angeles, is facing seismic change and financial pressure. Yet the family behind this multigenerational business – whose sole mission has been to support the art of film – is determined to survive.

Four generations of the Laemmle family have dedicated themselves to supporting, encouraging, innovating and elevating the art of filmmaking. Responsible for bringing foreign film to Los Angeles and popularizing countless foreign independent films and their filmmakers, the Laemmle Theatres’ impact on Hollywood and world cinema cannot be overstated.

Only in Theaters (2023) is an intimate and moving journey taken with the Laemmle family, spanning nearly three years of challenges, losses, and personal triumphs.

“essential viewing for every filmgoer”

Film Threat

About the filmmaker:

Raphael Sbarge is an American actor and filmmaker with over five decades of experience. Growing up in New York City, he began working at age 4 on Sesame Street. The son of a theatrical costume designer, Sbarge grew up backstage. He has appeared in five plays on Broadway and on stages around the country, and in dozens of films and more than 150 television series, including regular roles on Once Upon a Time (2011), Murder in the First (2014), and The Guardian (2001). He has also lent his talents to video games as the voice of Carth Onasi in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2003) and Kaidan Alenko in the Mass Effect trilogy (2007–12), among others.

In 2017, Sbarge directed his first narrative short The Bird Who Could Fly, which won awards at film festivals around the country. In 2020, he earned a regional Emmy nomination for LA Foodways, a one-hour feature documentary and six-part television series that he directed and produced. His feature documentary Only in Theaters (2023) premiered at the 2022 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

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