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Cinefamily at Silent Movie Theatre
between Melrose and Clinton 611 N. Fairfax St. Hollywood, CA 90036
323-655-2510
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Dinner at Ginghas Cohen for Chinese afterward!
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254 events
194 reviews
144 stars
attended May 27 2010

The 1st movie, "What?" left you asking that very question?? The 2nd movie, "Alice In Wonderland" was such a parody, the audience was in hysteria throughout the movie. The seats are way too uncomfortable to sit through 2 movies. Other than that,...continued

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9 reviews
10 stars
attended May 19 2010

I went to a silent movie last night for the first time. The feature and the short films before it were funny, and it was nice to experience this old way of watching movies. I particularly enjoyed the expertise of the piano player while the movies...continued

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27 reviews
35 stars
attended Sep 04 2010

This is a great venue. The management is really on top of their game. The movie choices are eclectic and fun. We took our family to see Chaplin's 1942 release of The Gold Rush. Our entire family, ages 7 - 53, were mesmerized by Chaplin's art. ...continued

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September 4-11: Los Angeles Plays Itself

As a YouTube culture, we’re inundated with the “supercut”: the cutting together of disparate clips to observe a trope, a theme or an overwhelming feeling. The sugar rush of a great supercut can be fantastic, but nothing compares to the seismic, stimulating and lasting wave of brainfood that is Thom Andersen’s legendary 2003 essay film Los Angeles Plays Itself, comprised entirely of clips from films shot on location in our fair city. This is a trip that ALL Angelenos, whether you’re new to the Southland or whether you’re born-and-raised, should absolutely take. Over its three-hour running time, Andersen (a long-running faculty member of CalArts’ cinema studies program) zig-zags from classics to (then-)new releases, from forgotten obscurities to iconic list-toppers, from foreign viewpoints to local heroes — all tied together by the themes of how our city’s surroundings are portrayed as background, as character and as subject. Previously only the province of special anniversary screenings and bootleg downloads, Los Angeles Plays Itself comes to the Cinefamily screen in a brand-new HD remaster, ready to be enjoyed for generations to come.

Dir. Thom Andersen, 2003, DCP, 169 min.

Sept. 5: Samurai Cop
The “Samurai Cop” himself, Matt Hannon, will be here in person for a Q&A after the film! Even in an era when action sludge was more common than shoulder pads or skinny ties, 1989’s Samurai Cop stood out as a true anomaly. Perhaps living legend Joe Bob Briggs summed it up best: a “recently unearthed, soon-to-be-classic kung-fu action-comedy skin flick with gratuitous gore elements.” That’s a good start, and yet there’s so much more. Ex-Stallone bodyguard Matt Hannon stars as Joe Marshall, a rock of a man who will do literally whatever it takes to punish the guilty — even if that means taking dozens of innocent lives in the process. Teamed up with truly hilarious sidekick Frank (whose African-American-ness and genitals are mentioned waaaay more than once), Joe embarks on an adventure so psychedelically violent and sex-tastic, there’s a chance Hunter S. Thomson will return from his “space ashes” just to drool along with us. Oh, and fear not, Robert Z’Dar fans, you’ll see plenty of the chin that made the Z famous, in rare bearded form.

Dir. Amir Shervan, 1991, digital presentation, 96 min.

Sept. 5 @ Midnight: Pumpkinhead
One of the brightest spots in overlooked ‘80s horror is this backwoods horror monsterpiece from master creature designer/SFX guru Stan Winston (The Terminator, Jurassic Park, Aliens). Distribution issues kept this film from attaining the following of the big franchise slashers, but Winston’s brilliantly realized titular demon would eventually find its place in the tortured psyches of horror lovers, and go on to finally spawn a franchise of its own. Inspired by an obscure poem, Pumpkinhead is a tale of redneck revenge that transcends into the realm of mythic fairy tale, anchored by a tragic and career-defining performance by genre legend Lance Henriksen. Add to that a classic horror atmosphere, a haunting, harmonica-laced score and a surprisingly strong supporting cast of menaced and menacing teens — there really is so much here to love. It even has a horrifying child death! An experience that only gets better with age, Pumpkinhead begs to be seen on the big screen, so join us, Haggis the Witch and Ed Harley down at the holler. We’ve got ourselves a demon to raise! Co-star Jeff East, plus Alec Gillis (creature co-designer) and Tom Woodruff Jr. (creature co-designer, Pumpkinhead suit performer) in person.

Dir. Stan Winston, 1988, 35mm, 86 min.

Sept. 6: Centipede Horror
When one of last October’s midnight movie watch-a-thon winners picked the notorious gross-out Centipede Horror, we figured we were finally up to the challenge. And this flick is definitely not child’s play (even for those without chilopodophobia, the fear of centipedes), for it’s both as deliriously over the top as its legacy promises, and the cinematic definition of “not for civilians.” Heck, SFX icon Tom Savini once called this “the sickest film I’ve ever seen.” But viewers with strong stomachs, twisted minds and a love for surreal sights one cannot unsee will find a wonderland of creepy, crawly, multi-legged mini-monsters, black magic sorcery and more weird shit than you ever thought possible. And like most ‘80s Hong Kong fantasy exports, it’s totally wild and completely unpredictable, packed with voodoo priests, flying flaming chicken zombies, wizard battles, bug-puking and other nightmarish visuals. There’s even time for an extended flashback to show just how grandpa got us into this mess in the first place.

Dir. Keith Li, 1982, 35mm, 93 min.