Family Business Center of Hawaii

Equipping, educating and celebrating families in business

Shidler College of Business

FBC Event

Year end event

Topic: Only in Theatres movie screening with Q&A to follow

Greg Laemmle and wife

This documentary is a captivating piece directed by Raphael Sbarge that explores the rich history of the Laemmle family, who have been integral to the world of cinema for over 80 years. With exclusive access to their storied theater chain and personal archives, the film chronicles the journey of Laemmle Theatres, an 84-year-old art house cinema institution in Los Angeles. As the theaters confront modern challenges, the resilient Laemmle family remains steadfast in their mission to keep their cinematic legacy alive. This documentary is a heartfelt tribute to the enduring power of independent film and the family dedicated to preserving it.




Man sitting in theatre looking at movie screen

Greg Laemmle

Speaker: Greg Laemmle, President, Laemmle Theatres

Greg Laemmle is the President of Laemmle Theatres, a family-owned and operated company which has been exhibiting movies in Los Angeles since 1938. The chain was started by Greg’s grandfather Max, who began the business together with his brother Kurt when they took over the operation of two theaters in the city’s Highland Park neighborhood. Both Max and Kurt got their start in the industry working for Carl Laemmle, the legendary founder of Universal Studios, who was their father’s first cousin. Greg is the third generation to run the company, having taken over in 2004 from his father Robert.

The Laemmle chain currently operates nine locations with 42 screens, all in Los Angeles County. Most recently, they opened a five-screen complex in the city of Glendale and soon will begin construction on a seven-screen theater in the Old Town Newhall section of the city of Santa Clarita. In addition to standard movie-going, Laemmle provides unique cinematic experiences such as one-night screenings, special events, premieres, and Academy qualifications. These events reflect Laemmle’s commitment to being an artistic resource and gathering place for the entire Los Angeles community. In addition, their popular Sneaks Club gives over 60,000 cinephiles access to movies prior to their release, helping to create a buzz for an eclectic range of films that may rate high on artistry yet lack the marketing reach of big Hollywood releases.