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Top 5: Independent Theatres in L.A

by Veronica An

Apr 8, 2015

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North America

While Hollywood is the film capital of the world, there are still a multitude of independent theaters to explore in Los Angeles. Visit these top 5 for a unique movie-going experience.


Catch a movie at the Downtown Independent located in the heart of the city. This small-scale theatre programs movies, live music and comedy shows almost every night of the week. Stop by for a show or purchase tickets online.


Take a step back in time at the CineFamily Silent Movie Theatre this non-profit movie theater is dedicated to programming weird, wonderful and rare films. Purchase tickets one hour before show time or buy a membership and see movies for free.


Hell's Belles at Nuart Theatre, Los Angeles, California © Heidi de Vries | Flickr

Hell’s Belles at Nuart Theatre © Heidi de Vries | Flickr


Although Landmark Theatres is a chain, the Nuart Landmark is worth a visit. They program 3D, independent and avant-garde films. See a midnight screening on Friday or catch The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Saturdays.


Take a drive to the Echo Park Film Center, a non-profit micro-movie theater and film school. The tiny theater provides an intimate movie watching experience, dedicated to local filmmakers.


For a retro movie experience, go to the Electric Dusk Drive-in. This rooftop movie theater screens films every other week and offers both car tickets and lawn chair seating. Purchase tickets online; screenings sell out quickly.


Despite Hollywood’s looming presence, independent movie theaters are alive and well. Find your favorite theater and explore the world of independent film in Los Angeles.


CineFamily Silent Movie Theatre, Los Angeles, California © Al Pavangkanan | Flickr

CineFamily Silent Movie Theatre © Al Pavangkanan | Flickr



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