“Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles” (1972) screening

Join The Echo Park Film Center and their green-energy mobile cinema for a screening, outside the Watts Towers, of the BBC documentary Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles (1972).

This ground-breaking film is the English art historian’s love letter to Los Angeles. From the Sunset Strip to Venice Beach, the Gamble House to Tiny Naylor’s, from fanciful proto-GPS systems named “Baede-kar” to Vernon to fiberglass fabrication shops of South La Cienega, this snapshot of 1972 Los Angeles remains piercing and highly relevant today.

LAVA co-founder Richard Schave, a student of Banham’s at UC Santa Cruz in the mid-1980s and host of Esotouric’s series of Banham-inspired California Culture bus tours of Los Angeles, will introduce the film.

The screening will occur at dusk and outdoors just outside the Watts Towers complex. Please dress accordingly.