Author: Kara McVey
Aero Theatre1328 Montana Avenue Santa Monica, CA
For nearly seven decades this Santa Monica favorite has attracted a wide array of visitors with its eclectic film showings. The Aero is known for its varied film schedule, as well as for the enthusiasm put in to each screening. Occasionally, the theater decorates thematically for its showings – Deloreans were parked outside during a showing of the Back to the Future Trilogy.
The Aero specializes in old, independent and lesser-known films, and frequently plays double features and marathons. Filmmakers sometimes come for Q&A sessions during the show. This theater always goes for the full experience and never leaves the audience disappointed.
Moreover, the Aero is located on one of Santa Monica’s most popular streets and is close to many different restaurants and shops. Upcoming highlights include a six-feature Horrorthon on Halloween. Most showings: $10.
For more information visit: http://www.americancinematheque.com/Aero/aeromastercalendar.htm
Fairfax Silent Movie Theatre611 N. Fairfax Avenue Los Angeles, CA
Don’t let this theater’s unimposing faÃ§ade fool you; the inside is beautiful and old-fashioned, complete with Art Deco design and a Spanish patio. Known by some as “The Cinefamily”, this theater has served the L.A. area since 1942.
The theater’s name is somewhat deceptive-“talkies” (as they were once known) are shown frequently. In addition, the theater shows films ranging from popular oldies to foreign, the underrated and the downright obscure. The theater is visited by people from all over, all of whom have one thing in common: an ardent love of film.
The Cinefamily sorts its programming into days: Silent Wednesdays, Double Feature Fridays, etc. The schedule changes every day, so there is something for everyone. Cinefamily will be showing a diverse group of scary movies this October leading up to a Halloween fundraiser party with a screening of Ed Wood’s (in)famous “Plan 9 from Outer Space.” Most showings: $10.
For more information visit: http://www.silentmovietheatre.com/
New Beverly Cinema7165 West Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, CA
This location has seen more action than Bruce Willis. Before the advent of film, it was a vaudeville theater that hosted many early comedy acts. It was also a nightclub, then an early sound theater and later an X-rated erotic film venue. Since then, this historic building has housed several different independent theater operations, ending with the introduction of the New Beverly in 1978.
The theater is one of the most famous and acclaimed art houses in Los Angeles. It hosts mostly independent and old films, and the films change almost daily. Most screenings are double-features, with triple features and marathons sporadically added to the schedule for variety.
The schedule includes frequent midnight movies and occasional all-night marathons. Upcoming showings include double features from Alfred Hitchcock, John Carpenter and Woody Allen. All double-features are $7.
For more information visit: http://www.newbevcinema.com/index.cfm
The Vista Theater4473 Sunset Drive Los Angeles, CA
Locals flock to this single-screen restoration theater. It boasts a beautifully reconstructed viewing room, as well as a long history of pleasing audiences. It opened as a silent theater in 1923, and is one of the longest surviving cinemas in the area. It was designed with influence from both Spanish and Egyptian art, and because of its interesting style and architecture it is a hotspot for shutterbugs and movie-goers alike.
The Vista also lays claim to an exceptionally committed group of fans and employees. The theater runs on a limited budget and has only one screen, so viewings are kept to one film at a time. All this week the theater is showing Matt Damon’s new film, “The Informant!,” four times daily. Tickets are $9.50 for adults, $6.50 matinee.
For an up-to-date schedule visit: http://www.losfeliz.com/online/vista.html
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