Kickstart This: Help Support the Cinefamily Theater in Los Angeles

December 28, 2012

Cinefamily Kickstart This

Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about indie projects that need your help to become a reality. This week, we're shining a light on a local spot here in Los Angeles, the Cinefamily Theater on Fairfax Avenue (map), that needs our support to stay afloat in this tumultuous economic climate. This place is one of L.A.'s best indie theaters and they've hosted some killer live events over the past few years, so it's absolutely worth a look even if you don't live out west. If you've ever been, post your thoughts in the comments and be sure to donate to them if you can!

When I moved to Los Angeles back in 2009, I had heard stories about how great the Arclight Theater was in Hollywood. And while those rumors were true and that theater certainly is nice, The Cinefamily is a much smaller, more intimate venue that often plays incredibly obscure films that you won't find anywhere else in the city. The first movie I saw when I moved here was a screening of Michael Dougherty's Halloween cult favorite Trick 'r Treat at The Cinefamily, complete with a Q&A with the filmmaker after (which was the first time I'd seen anything like that) so this theater has a special place in my heart.

Since the studios are slowly phasing out traditional 35mm film, places like The Cinefamily are becoming even more important as the last vestiges of true film houses left while everyone switches to digital. The money they're trying to raise would go toward getting a new digital projector so they can keep playing new releases and restored classics alongside their amazing retrospectives, fun midnight movies, and their tons of other events and screenings that they host there. They're also looking to add a new row of couch seats (nice!) in the theater as well as reupholster a lot of the seats for added comfort.

Even if you don't live in Los Angeles, I'd highly encourage you to support this theater because if you ever get the opportunity to visit, chances are The Cinefamily is going to be having some sort of crazy awesome event that you won't want to miss. Check out their pitch video right here to get an idea of some of the cool things they've done in the past, and to see what they plan to do with our help and the money moving forward:

For complete information on The Cinefamily's restoration, or to help fund the theater's efforts, visit its Kickstarter page. They're looking to raise $144,000 by THIS Wednesday, January 2nd, and they're so close to meeting their goal, so let's make it happen. If you're all out of cash, I'm sure they'd appreciate it if you could spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or anywhere else you can, but try to do it quickly since their campaign ends in just a few days. Hopefully they can pull it off!

That's all for this edition of Kickstart This. Thanks for all of your suggestions over the past few weeks, and definitely keep those coming if you come across an indie project that you think deserves some more attention. (We mostly stick to indie films, but made an exception in this week's case because of how cool this theater is.) To reach me directly, send an e-mail to: My inbox is always open, and if you send in any Kickstarter or IndieGoGo film project, I can't guarantee we'll feature it, but I sincerely promise I'll always take a look. Thanks for your support of these projects, because they absolutely couldn't be completed without without the help of film lovers like you. For our full Kickstart This archives, visit here.

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Awesome. I know of no more deserving film-related kickstarter out there.

Alf LaMont on Dec 28, 2012


If you have any sort of humanity inside you, Cinefamily is the place to be. It has given me so much more happiness than I could ever explain.

Karina Botwin on Dec 28, 2012


I'm glad this got funded! I did a semester in LA back in college, and this theater is where we premiered our short films. Totally awesome.

Peter Kosmal on Jan 2, 2013

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