The La Paloma screens movies every night of the week unless there's live music or a poetry slam. Many surf movies are screened as well. It's often the only place in North County to see an "art house" film, and it's often very full on weekend nights. Long live the La Paloma!
Scott, just face it. You made a mistake. We've all done it. La Paloma runs movies 7 nights a week. Rarely does it have live events. And can one really review a movie house having only attended once a long time ago? The good thing is your article has people talking about films and how they are shown, something most of us don't think about when we see the latest blockbuster at our local multi-plex. Keep informing us.
Where do you people get your information? La Paloma is open nearly 365 days a year, i can count on two hands the number of times we've been dark in twenty years, we routinely fill the house with specialty, live shows and premiere screenings, we do project scope although the lenses are old and crappy and the 2:35 aspect ratio is cropped to 1:85 (flat) in order to fit the proscenium stage, that's the compromise we accept having a theatre with a stage. our sound is not mono and has improved immensely over the years it is Dolby SR running through a Sony SDDS processor with plans to upgrade to a Dolby CP650 as the budget permits, we just spent $50,000- on a digital cinema projector as the studios are rapidly moving away from film, sometimes i can't even get a 35mm print... we are faced with unprecedented challenges year in and year out, running La Paloma is like trying to restore an antique automobile while commuting to Los Angeles on a daily basis. i am fully aware of our shortcomings and i have no problem with not making "the list" i just get upset when i read miss information, perhaps that's why i typically don't put much credence in the critics opinions. Oh yea Rocky Horror is a 35mm print and is in very good condition compared to the prints you will find in most other cities presentations.
Everyone should make a trip to the La Paloma Theatre at some point. The fact that it has survived all these years is the reason lovers of film should support this single screen, independently owned theater.
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Much about the La Paloma to love, though I can see how the limitations forced by the aged building might keep it off a Top Ten list based on modern presentation. But it's certainly top FIVE among my personal faves, if only for the thirty-plus years of memories I have of attending. That was a flippin' four hour bus ride starting from OB in 1979, and yet I still managed to make the trek every few weeks for years. And then there's the historic concerts that've taken place there, including a terrific Spirit live album - Viva La Paloma!
Bob McPhail 12:30 p.m., April 26
Walter Mencken 11:22 a.m., April 26
Robert Bush 9 a.m., April 26
Don Bauder 8:30 a.m., April 26
Don Bauder 4:30 p.m., April 25
Lisa Bruhn 1:55 p.m., April 25
Garrett Harris noon, April 25
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