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Outside the Cinefamily, Night
Address 611 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles
Current use movie screenings, events
Opened October 31, 2007
Years active 2007-Present

The Cinefamily is a non-profit cinematheque located in West Hollywood, California at the historic Silent Movie Theatre.[1] The Cinefamily's mission statement is to "reinvigorate the movie-going experience by fostering a spirit of community and a sense of discovery." [2]

Cinefamily follows a member-based ticketing system by which a tax-deductible donation provides universal access to all screenings and events. There is also an individual ticket system in effect for non-members, or those who do not make a pledge commitment.[3]


In 2007, Hadrian Belove, founder of Cinefile Video,[4] a specialty video store, and with brothers Dan and Sammy Harkham, also owners of the nearby Family bookstore,[5] founded The Cinefamily. Cinefamily officially opened its doors on Halloween of 2007.


Cinefamily is known for its innovative and broad range of programs, from early silent to contemporary films,[6] live comedy, live music, found footage, mixed media and other special events, and extended form post-screening Q&As.[5] They have mounted original retrospectives on filmmakers Jim Henson, Jerry Lewis,[7] John Cassavetes,[8] and Andrzej Zulawski[9] and have commissioned live film scores by musicians such as No Age,[10] Stephin Merritt[11] and Espers.[12]

Some of Cinefamily’s most popular original programming includes Animation Breakdown,[13] Don’t Knock the Rock,[14] Everything is Festival!,[15] The Adventures of Pete and Pete[16] and Space Ghost Coast-to-Coast[17] reunion tributes, and women-only pajama party screenings.[18]

Cinefamily first programmed a first-run film in early 2011, the Greek independent film Dogtooth, which went on to an Academy Award nomination within a month of its sold-out run.[19] They have since mounted first-run screenings of We Need to Talk About Kevin,[20] Margaret,[21] Bullhead,[22] Michael,[23] and Battle Royale.[24]

In 2011, Cinefamily held their first-ever telethon fundraiser,[25] described by Ted Hope on his indieWIRE blog as “the greatest celebration of cinema ever.”[26] Spike Jonze, Benicio del Toro, Jonathan Gold, Elliott Gould, No Age and others appeared during the 24-hour event, which broadcast live online.[27]

Cinefamily has co-presented films in association with other film, cultural and museum institutions, such as MOCA Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Cinespia, Film Forum, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. (Dennis Hopper, Art in the Streets, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, William Eggleston, Ryan Trecartin).[clarification needed]

Guest Appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Not just the silent treatment on Fairfax - Los Angeles Times
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  3. ^ Membership | The Cinefamily
  4. ^ Philip Anderson Cinefile | Obscure? Not here - Los Angeles Times
  5. ^ a b Come Back Into the Dark - Page 1 - Film+TV - Los Angeles - LA Weekly
  6. ^ Hadrian Belove: Pathologically Idiosyncratic Programming - Page 1 - LA Life - Los Angeles - LA Weekly
  7. ^ Jerry Lewis Retrospective at Cinefamily - Page 1 - Film+TV - Los Angeles - LA Weekly
  8. ^ John Cassavetes Series at Cinefamily - Page 1 - Film+TV - Los Angeles - LA Weekly
  9. ^ The Unbelievable Genius of Andrzej Zulawski - Page 1 - Film+TV - Los Angeles - LA Weekly
  10. ^ NO AGE - NO MORE R&R: Live Score of "The Bear" at The Cinefamily at The Silent Movie Theater
  11. ^ Thomas Gladysz: Six Questions With Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields
  12. ^ Cinefamily to Screen Amazing Cult Films From the Silver Lake of the Soviet Era - Los Angeles Music - West Coast Sound
  13. ^ Around Town: Don Hertzfeldt kicks off Cinefamily's 'Animation Breakdown' -
  14. ^ Don't Knock the Rock: Films for the vinyl crowd -
  15. ^ Around town: Strange delights at Cinefamily's Everything Is Festival -
  16. ^ The Adventures of Pete and Pete Reunion at Cinefamily: Mike Maronna, Danny Tamberelli & Artie...the Strongest the World - Los Angeles Arts - Public Spectacle
  17. ^ Space Ghost Coast-to-Coast Reunion at Cinefamily, With Actors and Animators From Cartoon Network's Superhero Talk Show - Los Angeles Arts - Public Spectacle
  18. ^ No Boys Allowed: Cinefamily's All Girl Pajama Party - Los Angeles - Slideshows
  19. ^ State of the Art House - Page 1 - Film+TV - Los Angeles - LA Weekly
  20. ^ We Need to Talk About Kevin Review - Page 1 - Film+TV - Los Angeles - LA Weekly
  21. ^ Margaret Starring Anna Paquin, the Best Film of 2011, Gets a Run at Cinefamily - Los Angeles Arts - Public Spectacle
  22. ^ Oscars 2012: Watch an exclusive clip from Belgium's 'Bullhead' -
  23. ^ Oscar-Nominated Bullhead and Michael at Cinefamily - Page 1 - Film+TV - Los Angeles - LA Weekly
  24. ^ Around Town: 'Battle Royale' finally gets U.S. theatrical release -
  25. ^ Jonathan Gold, Benicio Del Toro, Spike Jonze, No Age at Cinefamily's Fantastic, Elastic 24-Hour Telethon - Page 1 - Film+TV - Los Angeles - LA Weekly
  26. ^ I Want To Live In LA Today And Go To The Greatest Celebration Of Cinema EVER!!! | Hope for Film
  27. ^ Is the Cinefamily Telethon "The Greatest Celebration Of Cinema EVER!!!"? | Filmmakers, Film Industry, Film Festivals, Awards & Movie Reviews | Indiewire
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