At drive-in theaters, the best seats are reserved for punctual elitists and fashionably late monster trucks. Avoid the perils of Hobbesian parking battles by settling into a cozy seat with today's Groupon: for $18, you get two tickets, two medium bags of popcorn, and two medium beverages (soda, coffee, or tea) at The Cinefamily (a $36 value) on North Fairfax Avenue. This Groupon is valid for all films and most special events.
The Cinefamily cinema screens storied, distinctive, weird, and wonderful movies to provide a refuge for cinemaniacs, celluloid historians, and indie film-fanatics alike. Built in 1942, the picture house flickered for decades as one of the few silent-film plexes in the country before being fully restored to retain its art deco décor. The cinema plays host to a wide array of activities including L.A. premiers, costume contests, live Bollywood musical numbers, ventriloquist magicians, and seasonal (and off-seasonal) celebrations. Boasting a new screen, booming sound system, and ability to project everything from 35mm to VHS, the nonprofit theater is replete with seats and a few plush leather couches to snuggle up for the glowing silver screen. Settle in for a showing of Neil LaBute's In The Company Of Men on February 25, or fete green-festooned festivities with a Leprechaun marathon on March 17.
An included duo of sips and snacks ensures that viewings remain uninterrupted by grumbling bellies or unsightly squabbles over the last ice cube in the soda. With movie themes on many nights of the week, The Cinefamily shows cult classics, foreign finds, music films, vintage cartoons, and rare footage of Orson Welles' action-movie days. Check out the calendar for upcoming show times.
The Cinefamily's creative events have been featured in the Huffington Post and the Los Angeles Times, and IFC News. Time Out Los Angeles named it a critics' choice. More than 9,260 Facebookers are fans, and 105 Yelpers give it a 4.5-star average
- After a spell in the doledrums, this lovely venue is now curated by the Cinefamily organisation of enthusiasts and no longer limits itself to silent flicks: you'll now find everything from kitschy B-movies to punch-proud masterpieces. Time Out Los Angeles
- They show some awesome old movies, have regular silent screenings, and are hosts to some pretty cool film events such as Comedy Death Ray. I really admire and respect all the work they have put into this space Frances L., Yelp, 10/6/10
Founded on the principle that movies work best as social experiences, The Cinefamily devotes itself to finding and sharing weird and wonderful films during limited-run screenings and one-off special events. Currently averaging 14 shows per week, the movie house enhances many screenings with celebrity appearances, live music performances, and social activities such as potlucks and snipe hunts. From the theater’s cushy seats and leather couches, guests can take in pristine views of horror films, cult classics, and even TV favorites. Past events have included a month-long film retrospective of Dennis Hopper’s illustrious acting career, a Czech film festival featuring a screening of the surrealist and ultimately banned Daisies, and a celebration of director John Cassavetes featuring appearances by his frequent collaborators Gena Rowlands and Ben Gazzara.
611 N Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, California 90036Get Directions