Long Beach Cinematheque to Bring Classic Horror Cinema to Sunnyside Cemetery, CSULB


Long Beach Cinematheque will be adding at least two new locations to their growing list of outdoor cinema venues this month, news sure to excite enthusiasts of catching classic and cult cinema under the stars, and with picnic baskets in tow.

In partnership with Cal State University Long Beach’s University Art Museum, the Cinematheque will be screening Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby on October 3, and David Lynch’s Eraserhead on October 17. Both of these events are free of charge, and are being presented in partnership with UAM’s latest exhibit, Gabe Bartalos: Abhorrence and Obsession. Crediting their tremendous influence on both his work and on the art of cinema in general, award-winning artist Gabe Bartalos personally selected these two titles himself to complement his exhibit.

The screenings will take place on the garden adjacent to Los Alamitos Hall, on the CSULB campus.

On October 10, Sunnyside Cemetery opens its gates for outdoor cinema for the very first time, with a live-score screening of F.W. Murnau’s silent classic Nosferatu. Fresh off the success of last month’s live-score treatment of The Artist on top of the Long Beach Arena parking structure, the talented musicians of the Balboa Amusement Company Orchestra are once again teaming with the Cinematheque to bring this classic to new life with an original score.

“We are extremely excited to bring outdoor classic cinema to Sunnyside Cemetery, a beautiful and historic long beach location,” said Long Beach Cinematheque Director Logan Crow. “The idea was met with immediate support and enthusiasm by Councilman James Johnson’s staff, and we were so humbled to receive the same reception from Sunnyside. The Balboa Amusement Company Orchestra is already hard at work rehearsing their score, and I understand they’re adding a few more musicians to their ensemble. We all hope to make this a wonderful and memorable night for sight and sound in long beach, and to work with our new friends and partners on many more outdoor film screenings to come.”


October 3-Rosemary’s Baby
CSULB: Los Alamitos Lawn, 1250 Bellflower Blvd.

October 10-Nosferatu with score performed by Balboa Amusement Company
Sunnyside Cemetery, 1095 E. Willow Street
8PM, Tickets $10 available here

October 17-Eraserhead
CSULB: Los Alamitos Lawn, 1250 Bellflower Blvd. 

For more information, visit lbcinema.org.

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Sarah Bennett is a contributor to the Hi-lo and the editor-at-large at the Long Beach Post. She is also a professor at Santa Ana College where she was once a student before transferring to USC to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Sarah has written about music, art, food and beer in local, national and international publications for over a decade. An L.A. native and longtime resident of Long Beach, she is the co-founder of Long Beach Zine Fest and managing editor at theLAnd magazine. She never sleeps.