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Cinefamily
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Outside the Cinefamily, Night
Capacity 224
Construction
Built 1942
Opened October 31, 2007
Closed November 15, 2017
Years active 2007–2017

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

Cinefamily followed a member-based ticketing system by which a tax-deductible donation provided universal access to all screenings and events. There was an individual ticket system in effect for non-members or those who did not make a pledge commitment.

History

In 2007, Hadrian Belove (co-founder of Cinefile Video, a specialty video store), along with Sammy Harkham (co-owner of the nearby Family Bookstore) and his brother Dan, founded The Cinefamily, which officially opened its doors on Halloween of 2007.

Programming

Cinefamily programming included a wide range of films, from early silents to contemporary features, live comedy, live music, found footage, mixed media and other special events, and extended form post-screening Q&As. They mounted original retrospectives on filmmakers Jim Henson, Jerry Lewis, John Cassavetes, and Andrzej Zulawski and commissioned live film scores by musicians such as No Age, Stephin Merritt and Espers.

Some of Cinefamily’s programming included Animation Breakdown, Don’t Knock the Rock, Everything is Festival!, reunion tributes for The Adventures of Pete and Pete and Space Ghost Coast-to-Coast, and women-only pajama party screenings.

In early 2011, The Cinefamily exhibited the Greek independent film Dogtooth, which received an Academy Award nomination within a month of its sold-out run. The Cinefamily also held special screenings of We Need to Talk About Kevin, Margaret, Bullhead, Michael and Battle Royale.

Rebranding

On December 25, 2019, following a year-long refurbishment project, Dan and Sammy Harkham reopened the theatre under the name Fairfax Cinema.

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