Brain Dead Studios
611 N. Fairfax Avenue,
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Brain Dead Studios (Official)
Architects: John Hampton
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Silent Movie Theatre, Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre, Fairfax Cinema
News About This Theater
- Dec 9, 2012 — Cinefamily to hold "Telethon" to help upgrade and preserve the Silent Movie Theater in LA on Dec. 15
- Mar 4, 2011 — Article on how to improve movie theaters
- Oct 26, 2007 — Silent Movie Theatre to be revival house
- Mar 18, 2004 — Crest Theatre Now Hosts Midnight Classic Film Screenings
This 224-seat silent movie shrine was built in 1942, when silent movies seemed like ancient relics to the masses.
Though it has gone through hard times over the years, including having to close its doors for a few years (due to the infamous murder of the owner in 1996), it has never ceased to pay homage to the films that built the entertainment capital of the world.
With the switch to a new owner, it was completely renovated, and now beautifully captures the look of old time movie theatres. In 2006 it was sold to new owners who continue to show silent movies with live music once a week. The theatre also showed a variety of other movies and hosted many events including private parties.
Cinefamily at The Silent movie Theatre was closed November 14, 2017 due mainly to financial problems within Cinefamily and sexual misconduct allegations. In the summer of 2018 the owners of the building began renovations to the building and to find an operator. They decided to reopen and operate it themselves as a Cinematheque type operation. It was due to reopen as the Fairfax Cinema on December 25, 2019 with Adam Sandler in “Uncut Gems” screening in 35mm film. However difficulties arose with permissions to screen that movie. The seating capacity has been reduced to 163.
On October 13, 2020 it reopened as Brain Dead Studios. 35mm are still screened in a repertory programme.
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