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


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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