American Cinematheque (AC) will present a retrospective of Sidney Poitier films through Feb. 23 at the Los Feliz Theatre, 1822 N Vermont Ave.

The organization will honor Poitier with a selection of his finest works:

• Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. it will screen 1967’s 

   “In the Heat of the Night.”

• Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. its 1970 sequel 

   “They Call Me Mister Tibbs!” will be showing.

• Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. highlights 1967’s 

   “To Sir, With Love.”

• Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. view 1957’s 

   film noir “Edge of the City.” 

• Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. watch 1967’s  

   “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.” 

• And on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. 

  “Buck and the Preacher” will be screened. 

   A movie that Poitier directed himself in 1972.

All AC Screenings & Events are Vaccinated-Only. Tickets are $8 for members and $13 for general admission. Seating is unreserved. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime at the Los Feliz 3. For more information, visit https://tinyurl.com/2p997avw.

Beginning in 1955 and continuing on through a career that included multiple Oscar nominations, a knighthood, a Presidential Medal of Freedom and other honors, actor-director Sidney Poitier was one of the most compelling figures in American film both in front of and behind the camera. 

He made history as the first black actor to win a Best Actor Academy Award and throughout the 1960s he was not only one of the most artistically accomplished but one of the most popular movie stars in the world, peaking in 1967 with three classics—“In the Heat of the Night,” “To Sir, With Love,” and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”

Poitier turned to directing in 1972 with the groundbreaking Western “Buck and the Preacher” and went on to helm some of the most beloved comedies of the 1970s and 1980s. 

An activist whose work was marked by intelligence, taste, and a profound sense of purpose, Poitier served as an inspiration for generations of artists including Denzel Washington, who paid tribute to Poitier when he won an Oscar for “Training Day” the same year that Poitier received a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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