Cinefamily at The Silent Movie Theatre

611 N. Fairfax Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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DavidSimpson
DavidSimpson on July 5, 2014 at 3:24 pm

This really is an amazing survivor! I visited on 4th July 2014 to see the reissue of The Beatles' “A Hard Day’s Night”. A large, very appreciative audience thoroughly enjoyed the film, breaking out into spontaneous applause at the end. The cinema is what I describe as ‘endearingly ramshackle’, with four rows of two-seater sofas at the front and rows of truly ancient (possibly even 1942 original!) seats behind – and free-standing plastic seats at the end of every other row, to bump up the capacity! There’s also only one toilet closet for each sex, meaning queues before the feature comes on! There had been a live music event in the afternoon, and movies are just one aspect of the entertainment on offer. But there is a super, really imaginative line-up: long may this wonderful gem survive!

ejones880
ejones880 on July 15, 2013 at 3:13 am

This was my favorite place in LA (when I lived their)and I went almost weekly from 1991 until 2006. I knew the second owner Laurence Austin vaguely. He was murdered in 1997. I wasn’t at the theater the night he was murdered; however I did see the murderer in the last row on the right side last row on an earlier night (They were showing either Buster Keaton or Laurel and Hardy)and he did attempt to shoot the front box office and I remember I heard glass breaking (No one was hit so I never thought anything of it). I also enjoyed Charlie Lustman’s time as the owner and miss his song “Take me to the Silent Picture show”. I would usually win a prize for guessing all the pictures on the wall. If anyone is writing a story about the Silent Movie Theater they can email me at

dtrigubetz
dtrigubetz on January 15, 2013 at 6:16 am

Yeah, they had a $144,000 goal and raised $158,000

Kris
Kris on December 28, 2012 at 7:10 pm

These guys are running a Kickstarter that ends January 2.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on December 9, 2012 at 10:38 am

The theater is also hosting a “Telethon” to help upgrade and preserve the theater on December 15, 2012: View article

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 15, 2010 at 1:13 am

Thanks Chuck1231.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 19, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Intersting concept.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 25, 2009 at 12:16 am

OK, I guess the name stays the same. Easier to find it under Silent Theater anyway.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on August 24, 2009 at 10:26 pm

Ken, that page says “CineFamily at the Silent Theatre.” So it seems like a marketing thing and the name hasn’t really changed.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 24, 2009 at 8:27 pm

There was an article in the Sunday LA Times about repertory cinema in LA. The name of theater is now Cinefamily. The website is www.cinefamily.org

William
William on July 9, 2009 at 7:09 pm

If you to the link in Joe Vogel’s post from April 22, 2008 from YouTube. You can see a few clips of Bob Mitchell playing the organ at the Silent Movie Theatre.

RIP

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 9, 2009 at 5:16 pm

LA Times today notes passing of Bob Mitchell, long time organist who played at this theater and Strand in Pasadena, the latter in the 1920s. He was also organist at Dodger Stadium when it opened in 1962.

Grofield
Grofield on April 29, 2009 at 2:16 am

This was once a fairly classy joint…it’s sad to see how the current management has let it go to seed. It’s dirty, needs a repainting, the neon sign is broken – as if no one cares. Their schedule is overloaded with artsy obscurities that seem to be programmed mostly for hipster approval – forget entertainment. It’s as if the powers that be are ashamed of the theater’s history. Well, at least they’ll throw you a free beer!

carolgrau
carolgrau on April 11, 2009 at 8:03 pm

Wow what a great place. Im hope I get to see it sometime. Great pics as usual Lost Memory.

meryl
meryl on September 8, 2008 at 7:22 am

when the theatre is listed as part of your “favorites” list, an email automatically goes to you.

PaulLD1
PaulLD1 on September 7, 2008 at 5:03 am

My apologies, gents. But how did you two find out so fast? I’ve looked everywhere for a “Inform me when others mention my name” option on this site!

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 7, 2008 at 3:16 am

I don’t denigrate the importance of silent movies. I just don’t like watching them.

PaulLD1
PaulLD1 on September 7, 2008 at 2:51 am

Updating my comments from Sep 28, 2005, this past week I went to the Silent Movie Theatre for the first time since Larry Austin’s sad demise. The ticket taker, soda seller, and rah-rah girl for the evening was a young lady named Mo, who bears a striking resemblence to Natalie Portman (and yes, she tells me she gets that all the time). The people who own the theatre now, called the Cinefamily, run it as a sort of mix of the old with a dash of Melrose chic. The silents are now shown only on Wednesdays, but are hewed to a monthly theme. But best of all, Bob Mitchell, who must be close to 100, God bless him, still plays the organ at the theatre now and then. And shame on you ken mc and Lost Memory for your cavalier attitudes on silent movies. Without them, we wouldn’t have the movies as we know them today!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 23, 2008 at 5:25 am

Here’s a brief video clip from YouTube showing Bob Mitchell playing the organ at the Silent Movie Theatre. Bob Mitchell’s career as an organist began when, at the age of twelve, he was hired to play Christmas carols between movies during the holiday season at the Strand Theatre in Pasadena, California. Soon he was accompanying the movies themselves, and his temporary holiday engagement stretched into a four year tenure as the Strand’s organist.

He has been playing the organ at the Silent Movie Theatre since 1990.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 23, 2008 at 1:36 am

Here is another article about the theater:
http://tinyurl.com/6jsxvs

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 23, 2008 at 1:32 am

This photo shows some of the owners since the 1940s:
http://tinyurl.com/5ays3y

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 6, 2007 at 7:38 pm

I’ve never been inside this theater in the 23 years I’ve been in LA. I guess silent films are not my thing.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on November 1, 2007 at 4:03 am

Will the name of this theatre remain the same?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 1, 2007 at 2:58 am

There was a lengthy article in the LA Weekly as well. A very ambitious program is planned.