Silent Movie Theatre to be revival house

posted by Michael Zoldessy on October 26, 2007 at 3:51 pm

LOS ANGELES, CA — In the next chapter in its greatly shifting life, the Silent Movie Theatre will become a revival house, curated by the team behind the popular westside movie store, Cinefile.

Coupled with a small cafe and aggressively idiosyncratic programming, the Silent hopes to lure hard-core film buffs as well as the casual moviegoer who might be tempted as much by the camaraderie as the content. To give you an idea of just how eclectic the slate will be: The November and December lineups include nearly 100 films ranging from Michael Haneke’s early TV movies to such schlocky ‘80s flicks as “Ninja III: The Domination” to some new wave films from Czechoslovakia. As before, silent films will be screened once a week, often accompanied by the theater’s longtime organist, 96-year-old Bob Mitchell.

“I want the programming to be like a mix tape,” says Hadrian Belove, who co-programs with the theater’s co-owners, brothers Sammy and Dan Harkham, a.k.a. Cinefamily. “Like when you’re trying to impress someone you have a crush on, you throw in a couple of things they know, but you also surprise them with things they’ve never heard.”

Read the full story in the Los Angeles Times

Comments (3)

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on October 27, 2007 at 5:41 am

Will the theatre’s name remain the same?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 28, 2007 at 7:36 pm

Part and parcel with the changing neighborhood. Fairfax is turning into Melrose Avenue circa 1985.How long before the King David nursing home turns into a W hotel?

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on October 29, 2007 at 11:55 pm

I’ll bet they said the same thing when Canter’s took over the Esquire Theatre!

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