Los Angeles Conservancy Holiday Matinee: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Los Angeles Conservancy will celebrate the holiday season on Sunday, December 8 with a matinee screening of the popular holiday film, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), at the historic Orpheum Theatre (1926). This is a unique opportunity to see this film on the big screen in a beautiful movie palace, surrounded by hundreds of fellow fans.

A great event for families, architecture lovers, animation fans, and film fans, the Conservancy’s eighth annual holiday film matinee begins at 2 p.m., allowing time before or after the film to explore the theatre, the Broadway Historic District, and downtown Los Angeles.

The event also includes holiday music attractions, with Dean Mora playing holiday music on the Orpheum’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ, the last remaining theatre organ on Broadway, and the Sound Stage Barbershop Quartet singing carols around the theatre.

Attendees can show their movie tickets at nearby restaurants for special discounts: UMAMIcatessen (852 S. Broadway) will offer a 10% discount per table, and Two Boots Pizza (826 S. Broadway) will offer a 10% discount per order. Be sure to try a slice of Two Boots Pizza’s Oogie Boogie pizza, inspired by the movie and offered as a special just for the day of the film. (Discounts valid only on December 8, 2013.)

About the Film

This 1993 stop-motion animated feature, produced and co-written by Tim Burton, is a unique holiday treat. To most kids—and their parents—there couldn’t be two holidays more different than Halloween and Christmas. Enter Jack Skellington, the king of Halloween Town. Weary of his year-after-year production of frightful witches and werewolves for his town’s residents, Jack wanders away one day, stumbling on a portal that leads to a very different place: Christmas Town!

Inspired by the spirit of Christmas (but fundamentally clueless about its traditions), Jack decides to take over the holiday. He assigns his equally clueless denizens the task of re-inventing it, Halloween-style.

About the Theatre

Part of the Broadway Historic Theatre District, the Orpheum Theatre (1926) was the fourth and final home of the famed Orpheum vaudeville circuit in Los Angeles. Its Beaux Arts exterior leads to a grand French interior with gold-leaf decoration, silk wall panels, marble pilasters, and enormous chandeliers. The Orpheum was beautifully renovated in 2001 and is now a popular venue for concerts, special events, and filming.

About the Conservancy

The Los Angeles Conservancy is a private, member-based nonprofit that works through advocacy and education to protect, preserve, and revitalize the historic architectural and cultural resources of Los Angeles County. Founded in 1978 as part of the community-based effort to prevent demolition of the Los Angeles Central Library, the Conservancy now has nearly 6,500 members and hundreds of volunteers, making it the largest group of its kind in the U.S. For more information, visit laconservancy.org.

With the Kids

Event Details:


  • When: 

    Sunday, December 8, 2013
    02:00 pm

  • Where: 

    Orpheum Theatre
    842 South Broadway
    Los Angeles, California

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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