French Movies in Los Angeles

frenchmovieslosangelesOne of the question I often get is where people can watch French movies in Los Angeles so I thought I would give you a list of theaters that show French films.

Before I get started, I want to emphasize that I’m talking about your typical French movie with subtitles – whether it’s a new release or an old classic – not international blockbusters à la Lucy, which can be watched in any multiplex.

The Laemmle Theaters

The Laemmle is probably the best place to watch art house films in Los Angeles and, as such, they usually offer a good selection of worthy French movies. What’s great is that they have several theaters, which cover quiet a few areas, from Pasadena to Santa Monica. Here’s the list:

  • Playhouse 7: 673 East Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 9110
  • Claremont 5: 450 West 2nd Street, Claremont, CA 91711
  • Monica 4: Monica 4. 1332 2nd Street Santa Monica, CA 90401
  • Royal: Royal. 11523 Santa Monica Blvd. West L.A., CA 90025
  • Music Hall 3: 9036 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90211
  • NoHo : 5240 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91601

The Landmark Theaters

Just like the Laemmle, they show art house and foreign movies, including French flicks and are located in the same areas.

  • The Landmark: 10850 West Pico at Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA.
  • The Nuart: 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA.
  • The Regent: 1045 Broxton Avenue, Westwood, CA.

The Cinefamily

Located at the Silent movie theather, right by LACMA, they focus on cult cinema and, occasionally feature some French films. 611 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

The American Cinematheque

The emblematic cinematheque sometimes features French film series and brings filmmakers for Q&A. They also show foreign Academy Award nominees before the Oscars, which often include French entries. They play both current and classic movies.

  • Egyptian Theater: 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028.
  • Aero: 1328 Montana Avenue at 14th Street, Santa Monica, CA.

LACMA

The LACMA museum, which has partnered with Film Independent (the organization behind the LA Film Festival), also offers some screenings of French movies, including some French cinema series, sometimes even inviting filmmakers for Q&A. They show both current releases and classics. 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

Art Theatre of Long Beach
Dating back to the 20’s, this is small and charming theater is the place to watch foreign and art house movies in Long Beach. 2025 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814.

FILM FESTIVALS

Every year in April, COL COA offers a week of French movies at the DGA on Sunset. They mostly focus on mainstream entries and bring in prestigious filmmakers and actors for Q&A. 7920 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046.

Major festivals such as the Los Angeles film festival (777 Chick Hearn Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90015) and AFI Fest (6801 Hollywood Boulevard #170, Los Angeles, CA 90028) are also known to show some good French movies.

REVIEWS & RESOURCES

Marcel Pagno's Marius

Marius (The Marseille Trilogy)

We offer a wide selection of reviews of recent French movies, documentaries as well as a few classics.

Reviews of recent French movies released since 2012 can be found here. Earlier reviews of French films released between 1998 and 2011 can be found on our archive site. A French documentary section is available here. As for fans of Provence, they can find our extensive feature about Provence movies, focusing on the history of films set in the south of France, Marseille movies, the Lumiere Brothers, Marcel Pagnol and much more.

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Fred Thom

Fred Thom

Editor-in-Chief/Founder/Film Critic at Plume Noire
The founder and editor-in-chief of Plume Noire, Fred Thom covers film festivals and writes movie reviews. He was born in Marseilles, France and is now living in Los Angeles, California.