A benefit for film lovers in Los Angeles is that we have access to limited release films. Limited release films are exactly that: films that are released in a small number of theaters. If you live nearby the designated theater, then watching a limited release film isn’t too much of a hassle. If you live a bit farther though, watching one of these films becomes a bit of a trip.
I personally enjoy watching limited release films and making the trip down to Hollywood with a friend. Since these films are only in certain theaters, there are opportunities to socialize with others who arrived for that specific film. Interesting conversations are to be had as everyone walks to validate their parking tickets after the credits roll. Ultimately, even if you’re not one to socialize with absolutely everyone you come across, it’s hard not to exchange a comment or two about the film to a stranger while paying for your parking ticket.
Though the exclusivity might leave out some from the experience, it also makes actually going to the theater fun again. Of course these days, one can buy the movie online in a few clicks. The limited release aspect creates an excitement for going back to the theater instead of browsing through online streaming sites. They keep the Los Angeles film-going culture alive and exciting, and provide a good excuse to drive in traffic down to Hollywood every once in a while.