If you wanted to watch a classic movie, or maybe even an old favorite, of course you could stream it, maybe even go to a Redbox and rent a DVD.
But you might also be able to watch it as it’s meant to be seen, on a big screen with a room full of other moviegoers, and on 35mm stock.
These are the benefits of becoming a member of the Secret Movie Club.
The club, which launched in 2016, screens films at the Vista Theater in Los Feliz, and the Palace and State Theaters in downtown Los Angeles every weekend with screenings that often include tours of directors, actors, anecdotes and always a group discussion. in the lobby after the credits.
“The chance to go to a single screen movie theater, sit with 370 people and experience this movie on film, it’s different… when you watch it (with an audience) – they scream and they laugh. and they cry, and the emotion is amplified, ”said Craig Hammill, founder of the Secret Movie Club.
And now it becomes even less of a secret as the club add a new screening venue to their imprint. Dubbed The Club, it will debut on February 1 with a tribute to Stanley Kubrick.
The new 99-seat theater and performing arts space is located in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles.
“This will be devoted to more avant-garde (films). We’re going to have comics and show a comedy, we could have music and show a movie with music (live), we could show “Flashdance” and have a dance party, ”Hammill said.
Together, theaters have shown more than 20 films per month this year. Screenings include films such as “The Godfather”, “Titanic” and “Roman Holidays”, as well as comedies like “Stripes”, Japanese anime classics like “Metropolis” and the silent classic “Nosferatu”, accompanied of a live musical score making list this year.
Unveil the secret
When Hammill, who is a filmmaker, started The Secret Movie club when he was a student at the University of Southern California, it was a different version of what he is organizing now.
At the time, it was really a secret, as it was basically a group of friends who watched movies every month on the rooftops or at someone’s house.
“It had to be a really crazy movie that no one had seen,” Hammill said. “And we called it Secret Movie Club,” he added.
He was also the founder of a student organization at USC called Screenings, which hosted film screenings in campus theaters that often included appearances from people working on the films.
Seeking to bring together more moviegoers, Hammill decided to combine these ideas. So he rented a theater and hosted his first official Secret Movie Club public event in 2016 at the Vista Theater.
While there are a few exceptions, such as if the film is too damaged or if it was originally recorded in digital format, most films are shown as they were intended to be seen, Hammill said.
And for him that means on 35mm film and on the big screen with a room full of enthusiastic fans.
“I think it’s our secret sauce,” he said.
“The way he feels, the way he looks and the way he hits you is totally different. … I think the opportunity to see it on film makes it special, ”added Hammill.
Stephen King’s “Creepshow” at the Vista at 11:59 pm January 25; “The Godfather, Part 2”, at the Palais at 4:00 pm, January 26; and Stanley Kubrick’s shorts “Day of the Fight”, “Flying Padre” and “The Seafarers”, as well as his first feature film “Fear & Desire”, for the opening of The Club from 2:30 pm on February 1st.
Or: The Club is located at 1917 Bay St., Los Angeles, the Vista Theater is located at 4473 Sunset Drive, Los Angeles, the Palace is located at 630 South Broadway, Los Angeles.
Tickets: $ 9 to $ 12
Information: For tickets and movie schedule, visit facebook.com/secretmovieclub35mm or @secretmovieclub on Instagram.