Places in L.A. to Catch Repertory Cinema Programming

Listed roughly in order of how often film is projected at each.
  1. New Beverly Cinema
    Formats: Mostly 35mm, occasional 16mm. Daily double bills, typically changing every two days. Friday and Saturday midnight movies, and "kiddie" matinees on weekends. Currently, this is the only bona fide repertory cinema in L.A.
  2. Billy Wilder Theater @ the Hammer Museum
    Full-time retrospective programming by the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Mostly 35mm. Occasional 16mm and 70mm. DCP is cropping up more frequently, but still represents a small fraction of presentations. Other video formats are sometimes shown when appropriate.
  3. Cinefamily (@ the Silent Movie Theatre)
    Formats: 35mm, 16mm, DCP, Blu-ray, DVD, VHS, DigiBeta, etc. Mixed first run and repertory, with various programming residencies (e.g., La Collectionneuse, Lost & Found Film Club, The Silent Treatment, Friday Night Frights). Midnight programming. If it's something I've been dying to see, chances are it will eventually appear at Cinefamily.
  4. Egyptian Theatre (American Cinematheque)
    Full-time rep programming. 35mm, but increasingly DCP in recent years. Also, 8mm, 16mm, and 70mm. Occasional Blu-ray and DVD, and other assorted video formats.
  5. Aero Theatre (American Cinematheque)
    See above.
  6. LACMA
    35mm, 70mm, DCP and other video formats. Weekly Tuesday afternoon matinees, otherwise irregular and infrequent presentations. As of 2015, programmers have stopped divulging format information, so attending a screening here is a crapshoot; if you care about format, LACMA screenings are not for you. But if you need a warm place to sleep for a couple of hours on a Tuesday afternoon, then run, don't walk.
  7. James Bridges Theater (Melnitz Hall, UCLA)
    35mm, 16mm, 70mm (though I've not seen it), and a variety of analog and digital formats. Student groups The Crank and, less prolifically, Melnitz Movies host free, open-to-the-public screenings here, where student projectionists are unusually vigilant of focus and framing issues. Presentation is always perfect.
  8. USC
    35mm, DCP, and other formats in the campus's various auditoriums -- the Ray Stark Family Theater, Frank Sinatra Hall, Norris Cinema Theatre, etc. Screenings are mostly free and open to the public, but require RSVP.
  9. Secret Sixteen
    16mm. Looking for a new home since its former host Jumpcut Cafe closed down. Monthly screenings of a secret movie are preceded by a clue or three that should make the title clear to anyone who's already seen it and may want to pass. Otherwise, you won't know what you're watching till the opening credits start rolling. An exciting series that I wish were weekly rather than monthly.
  10. Linwood Dunn Theater
    35mm, 70mm, and probably most other formats both analog and digital. Programming by A.M.P.A.S.
  11. Arclight Cinemas (various locations)
    The Arclight Presents series is mostly DCP (and some Blu-ray they don't tell you about) but occasionally 35mm. All 35mm projection at Arclight is via platter systems, so they're lucky to get any prints whatsoever.
  12. Landmark's Nuart
    A weekly midnight series has consistently been 25% 35mm and 75% DCP over the last year, prior to which it was slowly creeping in that direction. These folks don't like to work with film. It's a pain. They miss changeover cues nearly every time they run a print.
  13. Samuel Goldwyn Theater
    35mm, 70mm, and probably most other formats both analog and digital. Programming is intermittent and usually by A.M.P.A.S.
  14. The Autry
    Monthly screenings in the ongoing "What Is a Western?" series are about 50% 35mm and 50% DVD or Blu-ray. Gene Autry double features are always DVD. More often than acceptable, they'll do a bait-and-switch; what's advertised as 35mm will turn out to be, without any published warning, a DVD. The 35mm print of BROKEN ARROW I watched here was one of the most flawless prints I've seen. And that's why it was particularly sad to see the projector jam and a frame burn during the presentation.
  15. Crest Westwood
    35mm-capable, but this is rare. Most of its infrequent presentations are digital unless programmed by a third party not affiliated with the venue. Ostensibly, Crest personnel have no clue how or from where to obtain 35mm prints.
  16. The Getty
    35mm-capable, but I haven't seen anything on 35mm programmed here since 2014. 16mm and various video formats as well.
  17. Skirball
    35mm, but usually DVD. Their website does not advertise format and my experience has been, their programmers will not tell you. It's a gamble. (One I've not taken.)
  18. Alex Theatre
    35mm -- periodic screenings programmed by the Alex Film Society.
  19. REDCAT
    35mm (somewhat rare), 16mm, digital formats.
  20. The Broad
    35mm, digital formats. Programming pattern has yet to be established, though appears to be infrequent.
  21. Downtown Independent
    35mm, DCP. Rep programming here is rare in recent years. Any kind of motion picture programming at this venue is rare at this point.
  22. Million Dollar Theater
    35mm. Happens roughly every other month, programmed by assorted third parties, including the L.A. Conservancy for its "Last Remaining Seats" program. No air conditioning.
  23. Hollywood Heritage Museum
    Occasional 16mm presentations. Probably otherwise DVD. I've never been.
  24. The Starlight Studio
    16mm. A semi-public series programmed by Mark A. Vieira, author of MAJESTIC HOLLYWOOD. Mostly pre-1950 films on 16mm, lent by private collectors. A brief lecture precedes each screening, which is typically on a weekend evening. Reservations required.
  25. Reel Grit (AFI)
    35mm -- other formats unknown. Hosted by Brian Udovich, at the American Film Institute. By invitation only. No further information.
  26. Cinerama Dome
    35mm, DCP , Blu-ray, 70mm, and, once in the bluest of blue moons, 35mm 3-strip Cinerama. Programming by Arclight/Pacific Theaters, but rarely used for revivals.
  27. TCL Chinese Theatre
    DCP, 35mm. Occasional weekly "throwback"-type screenings that are parallel to those exhibited by Cinemark. 35mm rears its head only when the TCM Film Festival is running (as they provide the 35mm projection equipment).
  28. Echo Park Film Center
    16mm and various digital and analog video formats. Once in a blue moon: 28mm.
  29. BV Cinemas at Bellevarado Studios
    Weekly screenings. Not sure what format, but probably mostly DVD or Blu-ray. Does occasional 16mm programming.
  30. MOCA Grand
    Format varies. 16mm has been projected here, but the projector was ported in by the Los Angeles Film Forum, which often programs here.
  31. Vista Theatre
    Mostly DCP, though 35mm-capable. Monthly midnight programming by Nerds Like Us; usually nerd favorites like BATMAN and THE PRINCESS BRIDE.
  32. Laemmle Theatres (various)
    Probably exclusively digital. Weekly "throwback" series at the all-digital NoHo 7, plus Anniversary Series (formally at the Landmark Regent) and miscellaneous other screenings. Format info is never published by this chain. You'd need to query them for each specific presentation.
  33. Mayer Theater @ LMU
    Probably 35mm-capable, but most presentations are digital and you'd have to contact event organizers for each event to ascertain format.
  34. Norton Simon Museum
    Weekly screenings. DVD projection exclusively, from what I gather.
  35. Goethe-Institut Los Angeles
    Exclusively digital. A 16mm projector was brought in once to project a Harun Farocki film. After two minutes of projection, technical issues forced the crew to switch over to DVD for the remainder of the show.
  36. Veggiecloud
    Weekly screenings at 5210 Monte Vista. Digital projection. Free admission.
  37. CSU-Northridge
    Thursday Nights at the Cinematheque. Mostly digital, largely DVD. They're probably 35mm-capable, but film department's budget doesn't take a shine to showing prints. Open to the public. Until May 2016, current program is a Tarkovsky retrospective.
  38. The El Capitan
    Occasional Disney revivals. Exclusively DCP.
  39. Hollywood Forever Cemetery
    Digital projection. Curated by Cinespia. During the warmer months. Insanely popular.
  40. Cinemark 18 & XD
    DCP. Weekly Cinemark Classics series. Audience favorites like THE BREAKFAST CLUB and E.T.
  41. Velaslavasay Panorama
    Digital/video projection. Irregular, apparently seasonal programming.
  42. Japanese American National Museum
    DVD.
  43. Silver Lake Picture Show
    Digital projection. Outdoor series (in the Triangle Plaza).
  44. Beyond Baroque (7 Dudley Cinema)
    DVD projection. Unknown if other formats are ever used.
  45. Old Town Music Hall
    Weekly programming. DVD projection.
  46. Clockshop
    Unknown digital formats. Programming very infrequent.