Fairfax Cinema

611 N. Fairfax Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Silent Movie Theatre - Los Angeles, CA

This 224-seat silent movie shrine was built in 1942, when silents seemed like ancient relics to the masses.

Though it has gone through hard times over the years, including having to close its doors for a few years (due to the infamous murder of the owner in 1996), it has never ceased to pay homage to the films that built the entertainment capital of the world.

With the switch to a new owner, it was completely renovated, and now beautifully captures the look of old time movie theaters. In 2006 it was sold to new owners who continue to show silent movies with live music once a week. The theatre also showed a variety of other movies and hosted many events including private parties.

Cinefamily at The Silent movie Theatre was closed November 14, 2017 due mainly to financial problems within Cinefamily and sexual misconduct allegations. In the summer of 2018 the owners of the building began renovations to the building and to find an operator. They decided to reopen and operate it themselves as a Cinematheque type operation. It was due to reopen as the Fairfax Cinema on December 25, 2019 with Adam Sandler in “Uncut Gems” screening in 35mm film. However difficulties arose with permissions to screen that movie. The seating capacity has been reduced to 163.

Contributed by Carrick Bartle

Recent comments (view all 61 comments)

sblomquist
sblomquist on December 4, 2017 at 6:59 pm

One of my favorite memories ever is that in 2001 and 2002 I went to this theater and saw It’s a Wonderful Life with a bunch of friends for my birthday. The 2001 viewing was my first time ever watching that movie! It was probably my best ever movie-going experience. The theater was packed to the gills, and the audience laughed out loud, clapped, and booed and hissed at Mr. Potter. It was awesome. I couldn’t help but get caught up in it! I was looking to see if they were showing it for my 40th birthday, and I was so sad to see that it had closed. I would LOVE for the new owners/operators to continue that tradition! So wonderful and classic!

CTCrouch
CTCrouch on July 18, 2018 at 10:28 pm

Renovations are underway and appear to be quite extensive. The front exterior wall/entry, box office, and foyer are striped down to the studs.

CStefanic
CStefanic on November 12, 2018 at 12:49 pm

Financial problems my foot! It closed because one of it’s owners went through some major publicity surrounding his actions with younger female co-workers and interns which garnered very negative vibes for the place. Almost every person who attended regularly has a story about him or it. To say it suffered financial problems is a bit of a lie. It doesn’t really matter why the Silent went dark but for those who seek the truth, it was not “due mainly to financial troubles”.

dfc
dfc on March 22, 2019 at 10:07 am

I watched a documentary about this theater last night. Interesting to say the least. I’ve never been to Los Angeles. Is the theater in a bad section of the city? Some of the later images of the theater show exterior bars.

CTCrouch
CTCrouch on March 22, 2019 at 3:43 pm

dfc – It’s not a bad area. For decades the neighborhood was basically main street for the area’s large Jewish community (kosher markets, delis, etc.). However, in recent years that stretch of Fairfax has been transitioning in to a trendy youth fashion scene (sneaker and hip-hop fashion stores). You might encounter a random homeless person or street weirdo, but the bulk of the foot traffic will be people shopping for expensive shoes and clothing these days.

CStefanic
CStefanic on April 5, 2019 at 2:56 pm

Agreed with CTCrouch. It’s actually a pretty hip area of Los Angeles, known as the “Fairfax” district due to the street name. It is nearby the famous Regent Fairfax Cinemas which resides just South on the streetcorner of Beverly and Fairfax (closed for awhile now). There is a wildly popular Jewish Deli called Canters.

CStefanic
CStefanic on December 18, 2019 at 12:08 pm

I’m very interested to see what the new “Fairfax Cinemas” has going for it. The fact that they are opening with a screening of a 35mm print of a newer film, shows us promise.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on December 19, 2019 at 9:15 am

LA Times article confirming “Uncut Gems” will not open there.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/movies/story/2019-12-18/fairfax-cinema-cinefamily-uncut-gems?fbclid=IwAR1gTIE-zo1uzXG5UZ51NcPQI4BXHzsV18L5IA0yZTtg8vTlBnqIXNxKVyA

silver
silver on February 1, 2020 at 1:16 am

Does anyone know or care to speculate what documentary user “dfc” (in his/her 3-22-2019 comment) might have been referring to? Thx.

I see that they have actually re-opened, showing a mix of old films at the moment.

silver
silver on February 1, 2020 at 1:19 am

I forgot to put their website in my comment: fairfaxcinema.com Hope the theater is successful.

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