Movie lovers know the value of a good, independent theater. Those lucky enough to live in Austin enjoy the delights of the Alamo Drafthouse, and those in Los Angeles have the likes of the New Beverly and the Egyptian. Even if you've never been fortunate enough to visit them, life is a little better for a fan knowing that somewhere in the world they screen 35mm prints of Thunderbolt and Lightfoot or The Court Jester on a regular basis. Those of us living outside their realm of awesome can read their schedule, dream, and plot plans to relocate.

But cinema nearly lost one of these last gems. The New Beverly in Los Angeles has been in danger for some time. With the rise of DVDs, the theater was suffering a possible closure and new life as a Super Cuts until Quentin Tarantino, a longtime fan and patron of the theater, stepped in. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he volunteered to pay $5,000 a month to keep the theater open. He's been doing so steadily until 2007, when owner and family patriarch Sherman Togan passed away. The theater was in danger of closing again, as the landlord had a buyer bidding for the space as the Togan family tried to stall for time and rescue. Luckily, Tarantino stepped up again, and this time purchased The New Beverly outright. "I always considered the New Beverly my charity -- an investment I never wanted back," he told THR. "I already had a good relationship with the family and the theater, so it was a natural step."
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