Live Read: Napoleon Dynamite


Live Read: Napoleon Dynamite

Please note: Tickets are available to Wallis Subscribers and Film Independent Members starting at 12:00 pm PT on Thursday, May 30. Tickets will be available to the general public starting at 12:00 pm PT on Monday, June 3.

Make yourself a dang quesa-dilluh, grab some tots and get ready to laugh and dance your heart out at Film Independent’s Live Read celebration of the 20th (gosh!) Anniversary of the unforgettable cringe classic, Napoleon Dynamite.

Actor, writer and director Natalie Morales (Plan B, Language Lessons, Parks and Recreation, Dead to Me) will direct this quirky comedy written by Jared and Jerusha Hess, and directed by Jared Hess. Join Napoleon and his eccentric friends and family (Kip, Grandma, Uncle Rico, Deb, Pedro, Tina the llama) for their wonderfully awkward adventures in small-town Idaho, reinvented by a cast of outstanding actors. Luckyyyyy…

Confirmed performers include Atsuko Okatsuka (The Intruder), Rachael Leigh Cook (She’s All That), Sam Richardson (The Afterparty), Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Annie Gonzalez (Flamin’ Hot), Keyla Monterroso Mejia (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Anthony Hill (Grey’s Anatomy), Cyrina Fiallo (Life in Pieces), Britt Morgan (Riverdale) and Justin Kirk (Succession).

Audience members are encouraged to attend dressed as any Napoleon Dynamite character, or in a thrift store-inspired outfit of your design.

Arts Circle Members receive access to the Founders Room, including complimentary beverages, one hour prior to showtime.
It’s the high school reunion you don’t want to miss: 20 years after we first met him, we’re reintroduced to Napoleon Dynamite, an outcast high school student in Idaho who spends his days drawing mythical beasts, duking it out with his fragile brother Kip, and avoiding his Uncle Rico, who is stuck in his “glory” days of high school football. When friends Deb and Pedro come into Napoleon’s life, the trio launch a campaign to get Pedro elected class president. Together, they must rely on their knowledge of cows, wigs and piñatas – and a surprise special talent – in order to defeat the stuck-up frontrunner, Summer Wheatly. Sporting sweet Moon Boots and elite tetherball skills, when Napoleon Dynamite finds himself thrust into the spotlight, he emerges as a new kind of hero.

Special thanks to Searchlight Pictures for making this event possible.


$35 for Film Independent Members, $45 for the general public. Proof of Member status is required to reserve tickets at the Member price; limit two tickets per order.


Film Independent Members and Wallis Subscribers have exclusive early access to purchase tickets starting Thursday, May 30 at 12:00 pm PT.

Tickets will be available to the public on Monday, June 3 at 12:00 pm PT.

Tickets may be purchased from the Wallis box office in person, over the phone, or online via the links below:

Early Access Ticketing

Film Independent Member tickets

Wallis Subscriber tickets

General Ticketing

General tickets


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Safety/Event Policies

Masks are optional, and proof of full COVID vaccination is no longer required; however, guests are welcome to wear masks in all spaces at the Wallis.

The Wallis’ health and safety protocols are subject to change at the venue’s sole discretion or in accordance with CDC, State of California, and Los Angeles County recommendations.

Availability window and registration capacity may vary; always register as early as possible. All ticket sales are final; no refunds or exchanges.

Attendees must follow all rules and guidelines as laid out by Film Independent and/or its partners. If a guest has been registered for an event by a Member, these policies shall apply to that guest. Violation of written policies and/or staff instructions may result in removal from the venue and/or suspension or termination of Membership/access to future events.

Event details and guest participation are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice.


Film Independent is committed to hosting events that are accessible. For inquiries regarding accessibility, or to request an accommodation, please contact us at or 323 556 9305.

If you have already purchased your tickets but need assistance, please contact the Wallis Ticket Services at 310 746 4000 for personal assistance.


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