Film Previews

Film Previews provide a vehicle for the public to view a film before it is generally released for viewing in movie theaters. Film previews usually have three elements.


Film: Before it is available in movie theaters.
Moderator: Effective moderators are film industry experts and perform three basic functions.
Select a wide variety of foreign, independent and studio films encompassing all genres
Introduce the films
Lead the discussion and Q & A after the film
Guests: Someone associated with the film to participate in an interview and the question and answer session after the film is viewed. Directors, producers, screenwriters, cinematographers and cast members are possible participants.


KCET Cinema Series

Location:   600-seat Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood
Schedule:  Tuesdays at 7pm  (8 weeks) - Spring, Fall and Summer
Moderator:  Pete Hammond is a writer, producer and film expert
Cost:  $130, $117 (KCET member discount). Parking is $4 for each night
Contact:,, (323) 953-5800

Dining:  Big Mama & Papa Pizzeria, Casita Taco De Carbon, Dairy Queen, Domino's Pizza, Eclectic Café, Jarin Thai Cuisine, Maximillian's, Ned's On Magnolia, Philadelphia Sandwiches, Pit Fire Pizza Co, Pizza Hop, Quiznos Sub, Salomi Indian & Bagladesh Restaurant, Sitton's Restaurant, Starbucks, Tokyo Delve's Sushi Bar

State of the Art Facilities:  The 600-seat Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre provides the largest screen, best sound system and most leg room of all Film Previews venues

Landmark Theatres Reel Talk

Location:   250-seat Westside Pavilion Cinemas in West Los Angeles
Schedule:  Mondays at 7pm  (8 weeks) - Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter
Moderator:  Stephen Farber is a film critic and author of several books on film
Cost:  Series $105, $90 (early bird discount), Individual $16, Parking is free
Contact:,, (310) 281-8223

Dining:  Apple Pan, Boston Market, California Crisp, California Steak & Fries, Cinnabon, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Cold Stone Creamery Wla, East Wind, Fofra, Hana Grill Food Corp Inc, Junior's Restaurant-Deli Bakery, Maria's Cucina, Mc Donald's, New York Deli, Panda Express, Quiznos Sub, Sisley Restaurant, Tasties


UC Irvine Extension Sneak Previews

Location:   360-seat Edwards University Town Center Theaters in Irvine
Schedule:  Wednesdays at 7pm (6 weeks) - Fall
Moderator:  Michael Berlin is a screenwriter, producer and associate professor of Screenwriting at Cal State Long Beach
Cost:  Series $130, Individual $30, Parking is free
Contact:,, (949) 824-5414

Dining:  Asia Noodle Café, Britta's Café, Cafe De France, Chakra Indian Cuisine, Chinatown Restaurant, In-N-Out Burger, Jack In The Box, Kophee Kabob House, Lee's Sandwiches, Ray's Pizza, Steelhead Micro Brewery, Subway Sandwiches & Salads, Z Pizza

No Published Schedule:  The film schedule and guests are never announced in advance, so each week is a surprise
Bladder Friendly:  A short break is taken between the film and the discussion


UCLA Extension Sneak Previews

Location:  540-seat Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills
Schedule:  Wednesdays at 7pm  (8 weeks) - Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter
Moderator:  Each quarter has a different eminent movie critic, writer, or filmmaker
Cost:  $260 (Credit), $135 (Noncredit), $50 (UCLA student with valid ID). Parking cost unknown

Contact:, (310) 825-9971

Dining:  Beverly Hills Colbeh, Cafe Connection, High-Rise-Deli-Café, Kate Mantilini Restaurants, La Peer Coffee Shop, Lazy Daisy Café