Coming this weekend is the first ever MaltinFest, from Jessie and Leonard Maltin, a film festival dedicated to movie lovers at Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles from May 10-12th.

Not to leave out genre films, MaltinFest is screening an ultra-rare 35mm print of BELA LUGOSI MEETS A BROOKLYN GORILLA that was donated to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by Bela Lugosi Jr.!

BELA LUGOSI MEETS A BROOKLYN GORILLA is a one-of-a-kind… a patently terrible movie that I find utterly fascinating. It features the great Lugosi playing a mad scientist opposite a nightclub duo named Duke Mitchell and Sammy Petrillo, who were the poor man’s Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis – at a time when Martin and Lewis were the hottest act in show business! It was directed by B-movie specialist William Beaudine and features Charles Gemora in his world-famous gorilla suit. It will only cost viewers an hour and a quarter of their lives, but once seen, it will never be forgotten.” – Leonard Maltin

Every year, good films are made and released but somehow fly under the radar, never finding the recognition they deserve. Each title programmed for MaltinFest is a hand-picked gem and every guest speaker – from critics and podcasters to filmmakers and stars like Laura Dern – will enhance the audience’s enjoyment of the movies. For more information visit www.leonardmaltin.com/maltinfest.

MALTINFEST OFFICIAL SCHEDULE

Friday May 10th

4pm Please Give
7pm Doug Loves Movies with Amy Miller and Samm Levine
8pm Sing Street
10pm – 11:30pm Opening Night Party Sponsored by Scum and Villainy Cantina

Saturday May 11th

10:30am Exporting Raymond with special guest writer/director/producer Phil Rosenthal
1:30pm Citizen Ruth with special guest writer/director Alexander Payne
4:30pm Big Eyes with special guests writer/producer Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski
8pm The Death of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened? with special guest producer Holly Payne

Sunday May 12th

10:30am – 12pm Book Signing with Leonard Maltin, Alicia Malone, Don Hahn, Jon Burlingame, Chris Nichols, Robert Bader, Tracey Goessel, George Geary and Kliph Nesteroff
12:30pm Songcatcher
3:30pm Trailers from Hell Presents The Movies That Made Me Podcast hosted by Joe Dante and Josh Olsen
6pm Absolute Beginners
8:30pm Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla

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