MOPA Film Calendar

MOPA's Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theater is a renowned cinema destination in Southern California that hosts a diverse selection of film festivals, premieres, documentaries, retrospectives, and one-of-a-kind events. 


Shores of Light: Salento 1945-1947
July 20, 2017 | 7:30pm

Thousands of Jewish survivors landed in Southern Italy after WWII, on their way to Israel. Amazed by the welcome they received from the local population that so contrasted with the years of hatred, they found joy and healing while they awaited the ships that would run the British blockade.

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A Hard Day's Night (1964)
Aug 4, 2017 | 7:30pm

Richard Lester's boldly contemporary rock n' roll comedy unleashes the fledgling Beatles into a maelstrom of screaming fans, paranoid producers, rabid press and troublesome family members, and reveals the secret of their survival and success: an insatiable lust for mischief and a life-affirming addiction to joy.

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A tempo debito (In Due Time)
Aug 17, 2017 | 7:30pm

In October 2013, a small crew enters the correctional facility in Padua to hold a course on short film making. A casting session is held and out of the 40 inmates attending, 15 are selected for the course. The inmates are from 7 different nationalities and all awaiting trial.

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Blue Moon (1997)
Aug 19, 2017 | 2:00pm, 4:00pm

In 1997, Taiwanese director Ko I-cheng designed, shot, and released a film made up of five reels that can be played in any order. There are 120 different possible story combinations for BLUE MOON, a film that centers around three characters who intersect in Taipei, forcing them to remember their past and imagine what happy endings life has in store for them.

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Merrily We Go to Hell (1932)
Sept 1, 2017 | 7:30pm

A drunken newspaperman is rescued from his alcoholic haze by an heiress whose love sobers him up and encourages him to write a play, but he lapses back into dipsomania.

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L’arte della felicita (The Art of Happiness)
Sept 21, 2017 | 7:30pm

Under a leaden sky, among the apocalyptic omens of Naples at the height of its degradation, grieving taxi driver Sergio comes to grips with the death of his older brother, Alfredo, who left years ago to join a Buddhist monastery in Nepal. 

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Dementia 13 (1963)
Oct 27, 2017 | 7:30pm

First non-nudie feature film directed by Francis Ford Coppola! A great one for Halloween! Members of an Irish family are being killed off by one of their own who wishes to inherit the family fortune.

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Mean Streets (1973)
Nov 17, 2017 | 7:30pm

The first pairing of director Martin Scorsese with actor Robert De Niro, and it is on Scorsese's birthday! A small-time hood struggles with a moral crisis regarding his friends, family, business, and his conflicting religious beliefs.

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East of Eden (1955)
Dec 1, 2017 | 7:30pm

James Dean's first major feature film role! A wilful young man contends against his brother for the attention of their religious father while reconnecting with his estranged mother and falling for his brother's girlfriend.

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