Early 1964 was a weird time in America. Kennedy had just been assassinated, the Civil Rights Act was being hotly debated, they weren't making a lot of Hercules movies anymore and on February 11, the Beatles gave their first U.S. concert. More than 8,000 people saw the performance at the Washington Coliseum in Washington, D.C., and it was filmed by an eight-man camera crew for the express purpose of showing it in theaters. A month later, it was screened in theaters and then, for reasons that aren't entirely clear, promptly shelved, remaining unseen for more than four decades. It's the only complete Beatles concert available to the public — and now The Beatles: The Lost Concert screens for only two nights at the Regent. Not just another concert film, it's padded with interviews with musicians, such as Chuck Berry (naturally); Steven Tyler and Joe Perry (well, all right); and The Strokes (wait, what?), as well as conversations with the fans who were there that night, witnesses to that rare, happy historical milestone that doesn't involve death or degradation in some horrible way. Regent Landmark Theatre, 1045 Broxton Ave.; Westwood; Thurs., May 17, 7:30 p.m.; also Tues., May 22; $10.50. (310) 281-8223, landmarktheatres.com.

Thu., May 17, 7:30 p.m.; Tue., May 22, 7:30 p.m., 2012

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