King Kong vs. Godzilla at The Secret Movie Club, Vista Theatre Saturday May 18

Tickets are going fast for this rare 35mm showing of Toho’s 1962 monster mash, which pits hometown hero Godzilla against an endearingly ragged Kong on loan from the film’s distributor, Universal Pictures. This is the English-dubbed, American edit of the film, which adds a clunky subplot about news coverage of the monsters from the United Nations, but Ishiro Honda’s gentle spoof of television network excesses and effects director Eiji Tsuburaya’s remarkable miniature work, pyrotechnics and suit creations (of course) still shine through. Doors open at the Vista at 11 a.m. on May 18. Get your tickets here!

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About Paul Gaita

Paul Gaita lives in Sherman Oaks, California with his lovely wife and daughter. He has written for The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Variety and The Fix, among many other publications, and was a home video reviewer for Amazon.com from 1998 to 2014. He has interviewed countless entertainment figures from both the A and Z lists, but his favorites remain Elmore Leonard, Ray Bradbury and George Newall, who created both Schoolhouse Rock and the Hai Karate aftershave commercials. He once shared a Thanksgiving dinner with celebrity astrologer Joyce Jillson, and regrettably, still owes the late character actor Charles Napier a dollar.
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