The seminal movie musical-cum-original music video turns 50 with pizzazz and panache.
Don't Knock the Rock Opening Night: A Hard Day's NightThe Cinefamily (611 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036) Map it $15
The first 20 people who sign up for VIP couch seating will also get a new 50th Anniversary “A Hard Day’s Night” one-sheet poster! Directed with raucous, pioneering anything-goes verve by Richard Lester and featuring a slew of iconic pop anthems, including the title track, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Should Have Known Better,” and “If I Fell,” A Hard Day’s Night reconceived the movie musical, exerted an incalculable influence on the music video, and remains one of the most deliriously entertaining movies of all time. Initially conceived as a low-budget cash-in quickie, this gale-force charmer, which hit theaters just three months after the first day’s filming, famously features The Beatles playing wily, exuberant versions of themselves. Presciently, it captures the astonishing moment when they both officially became the singular, irreverent idols of their generation and changed music forever. And, the style that Lester lays down — one which VitaMixes together old-school slapstick, European art film techniques and TV commercial zazz — is the perfect compliment to the group’s own timeless energy. Bring a friend, a loved one, the parents, grandparents, the kids; round up the whole gang to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of this exhilarating classic.
Dir. Richard Lester, 1964, DCP, 87 min.
BUY TICKETS ($12/free for members. July 3rd show: $15/free for members. Showtimes subject to change):
Thursday, July 3rd: 7:30pm (Don’t Knock The Rock 2014 opening night party!)
Friday, July 4th: 8:30pm
Saturday, July 5th: 5:15pm, 7:30pm
Sunday, July 6th: 5:00pm, 7:30pm
Monday, July 7th: 7:30pm, 9:50pm
Tuesday, July 8th: 7:30pm, 9:50pm
Wednesday, July 9th: 7:30pm, 9:50pm
Thursday, July 10th: 5:15pm, 10:20pm