Chinatown (50th Anniversary Screening!)

Chinatown (50th Anniversary Screening!)

6:45pm - Saturday, Jul 20, 2024

Five decades after its release, Roman Polanski's epic landmark CHINATOWN still manages to exemplify the film noir tradition, standing as a true Hollywood screen classic. In one of his most memorable performances, Jack Nicholson stars as private eye Jake Gittes, living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-war Southern California. Hired by a mysterious, beautiful socialite (with more than a few secrets of her own) to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together for one, unforgettable night in... Chinatown. As a determined Gittes delves deeper into the fray, he soon realizes that even the City of Angels has a dark side.

Featuring Faye Dunaway in an Oscar-nominated performance, film legend John Huston, and an Academy Award-winning script by Robert Towne, CHINATOWN captures a lost era in a masterfully woven movie that remains a timeless gem.

"In its total recapturing of a past, in its plot, its vivid characterizations, its carefully calculated and accelerating pace, its whole demonstration of a medium mastered, Chinatown reminds you again that motion pictures are larger, not smaller than life." (Los Angeles Times)

"An all together unexpected triumph, a rich, inventive murder mystery of deepening complexity and tantalizing twists that should gradually intrigue and finally captivate its audience." (New York Daily News)

"If 'Chinatown' is the greatest of all American detective films -- and I think the case is a very strong one -- then that results from its remarkable confluence of ingredients." (

Saturday, July 20
Doors 6:15 pm | Movie 6:45 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.

CHINATOWN (Roman Polanski, 1974 / 130 mins / 18A) A private detective hired to expose an adulterer in 1930s Los Angeles finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder.

*Minors OK. Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
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