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LB Cinematheque Presents The Premiere Screening Of “Joshua Tree, 1951” - A Portrait of James Dean

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 2025 E 4th St Long Beach CA 90814  See map

Long Beach Cinematheque is proud to present its first week-long run of a contemporary independent  film – writer/director Matthew Mishory’s visionary work-of-art, A Portrait of James Dean: Joshua Tree, 1951, at the Art Theatre of Long Beach [2025 E. 4th Street, Long Beach CA 90814]. Join us for the Opening Night Premiere with Mishory—plus co-star/producer Edward Singletary, Jr., producer Robert Zimmer, Jr., and the cast and crew of the film—Wednesday, December 12 at 7pm.  

A fearless, intimate portrait of James Dean on the cusp of becoming both a great actor and an outsider icon,  A Portrait of James Dean is set in the early 1950′s and focuses on Dean’s experiences as a rising star in Los Angeles.   Aware of his own potential to be legendary, he is at once childlike and world-weary; a brute, and a romantic;  an unrestrained playboy, and a man of great sensitivity.

Part portrait of a great artist as a young man, part love story, and part exploration of the postwar Hollywood machine, the film presents a side of James Dean seldom glimpsed.  An unflinching and honest exploration of Dean’s complicated sexuality and formative relationships, A Portrait of James Dean redefines a legend for a new generation.

Tickets are now available at the Art Theatre box office, or online by clicking HERE!



Join us on opening night as we welcome these talented filmmakers to share their experiences making the film and researching one of Hollywood’s most legendary rebels!

If you cannot join us on the 12th, we are pleased to offer six more opportunities to see this new film: the film will screen daily at the Art through December 18, as follows:

Thursday, December 13 – 3pm
Friday, December 14 – 3pm
Saturday, December 15 – 3pm
Sunday, December 16 – 12pm (Special Discounted Matinee Screening)
Monday, December 17 – 3pm
Tuesday, December 18 – 7pm (Closing Night Screening, with writer/director Matthew Mishory in-person + cast and crew)

Cinematheque Members: Show your card at the Art Theatre box office and save $2 per ticket! Not valid on Sunday, December 16, when all tickets will already be at a discounted $7 price.

About LB Cinematheque:
Long Beach Cinematheque is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering the Long Beach film scene by providing opportunities for audiences to experience film classics on the big screen in Long Beach; by curating special events that incorporate film with live music and multimedia art; by collaborating with independent organizations and theatres in shared community events; by supporting with collaborative screenings the efforts and dreams of student filmmakers; and by welcoming guest speakers such as filmmakers and film historians to speak to audiences as part of their cinematic experience.  www.lbcinema.org


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