Events & Appearances

Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival – May 9-12, 2019 – Palm Springs @ Palm Springs Cultural Center
May 9 – May 12 all-day

Alan K. Rode will be producing and hosting the 20th year of this venerable world-class event.

Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival
May 9-12, 2019
Palm Springs Cultural Center (Supple Theater)
2100 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

More info:

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Los Tallos Amargos + Interview with Alan K. Rode – June 8 2019, Million Dollar Theater @ Million Dollar Theater
Jun 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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Los Tallos Amargos (1956)
Saturday, June 8, 2 p.m.
Million Dollar Theatre, downtown L.A.
307 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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Alan K. Rode is scheduled to be interviewed by journalist and Hollywood Foreign Press Association Board Member Gabriel Lerman about the Film Noir Foundation’s restoration of this classic Argentinian thriller.

Co-presented by the Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles
Black & white; 35mm
Spanish, with English subtitles
90 minutes

A free Q&A session about the theatre will follow the screening. Stay in your seat to learn more about its history and architecture!

About the Film

Los Tallos Amargos (The Bitter Stems), is an Argentinian film noir directed by Fernando Ayala, who is widely considered to be one of Argentina’s most important directors. Carlos Cores stars as Alfredo Gaspar, a down-on-his-luck journalist who partners with a Hungarian immigrant to create a fake journalism correspondence school as a get-rich-quick scheme. They find success initially, but Gaspar’s paranoia begins to grow, and he can’t outrun his conscience forever.

For years, only substandard prints of this film were available. In late 2014, the original negative was found in the collection of an Argentinian collector. The UCLA Film & Television Archive restored the film in a 35mm format, with funding provided by the Film Noir Foundation and Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Charitable Trust. We’re thrilled to present this restored version of the film at Last Remaining Seats!

Read more about Los Tallos Amargos and film noir at LA Conservancy . . .

NOIR CITY, CHICAGO – September 6-12, 2019 – Music Box Theater @ Music Box Theatre
Sep 6 – Sep 12 all-day

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11th Anniversary NOIR CITY CHICAGO

Alan K. Rode co-hosts a sterling line-up of classic film noir (to be announced — please check this space) which once again will be held at Chicago’s’ gorgeous Music Box Theatre — a classic itself.

Music Box Theatre
3733 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613


Turn onto Southport Avenue and it’s hard to resist the neon beacon that lures cinephiles from across Chicagoland with eight flickering letters—Music Box. It’s a promise of more than just entertainment, but a total experience. It’s a community of strangers coming together over the anticipation of that familiar red velvet curtain rising toward the twinkling, star-covered ceiling. It’s a symbol of Chicago’s go-to venue for independent, foreign, cult, and classic films.

Walk by the ticket window and step back in time to when the ‘20s were still roaring and the theatre first opened—just two months before The Great Depression—on August 22, 1929. It was a time before fluorescent lighting, megaplexes, and artificial butter. And although our ticket prices have changed slightly over the past 90 or so years, the butter on our popcorn is still real.

Each of our theatre’s 800 seats has a story to tell. The stories are more colorful than the decades of films projected here; of first dates that took place under the starry sky; of family traditions revolving around the annual White Christmas singalong; of the ghost some say haunts the theatre to this day. Join us, and make a few memories of your own. It’s certain to be an experience as unforgettable as the film itself.

The Music Box Theatre is independently owned and operated by the Southport Music Box Corporation. SMBC, through its Music Box Films division, also distributes foreign and independent films in the theatrical, DVD and television markets throughout the United States.