MOVIES: Special screenings — all the world’s a stage (and a concert hall)

In case you hadn’t noticed, movie theaters aren’t just for movies anymore.

This Sunday afternoon, for example, multiple local multiplexes will transform into Los Angeles’ Disney Hall for a concert featuring Gustavo Dudamel conducting the L.A. Philharmonic in a program featuring Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 and the composer’s Double Concerto, with superstar siblings Renaud and Gautier Capucon playing violin and cello, respectively.

John Lithgow hosts the 2 p.m. concert, which concludes the “L.A. Phil Live!” series, to be shown at six local theaters: the Cannery, Orleans, Sam’s Town, Santa Fe Station, South Point and Village Square. For more information or to buy tickets, go online to

Broadway comes to Town Square at 7:30 p.m. June 15, when the Rave Town Square multiplex presents a production of Stephen Sondheim’s landmark musical “Company,” featuring Neil Patrick Harris as bachelor Bobby and Patti LuPone as one of his “good and crazy” married friends. Information and tickets are available at

And London’s Globe Theatre will be as close as a local multiplex later this month with the launch of the “Shakespeare’s Globe London Cinema Series.” The Bard’s comedy “The Merry Wives of Windsor” kicks things off June 27, followed by “Henry IV Part 1” (Aug. 1) and “Henry IV, Part 2” (Aug. 18) — both featuring Roger Allam’s award-winning turn as Falstaff — and wraps up Sept. 15 with the rarely produced pageant “Henry VII.”

The Colonnade, Santa Fe, South Point and Village Square will feature the Shakespeare productions; for tickets and information, click on

So save me an aisle seat — and I’ll see you at the theater!

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