Help pass on the Legacy of the Silent Film Era!

The sole mission of the new Retroformat Coalition is to educate and inspire enthusiasm for the art and history of the Silent Film era.  We fulfill this by recreating the original moviegoing experience of in-person screenings with live musical accompaniment, introducing new generations to the joy and power of the original form of movie presentation.

Our new venue, the Music Box Cinema at the historic Woman’s Club of Hollywood, will premiere June 22 with Charlie Chaplin in The Immigrant and More Great Short Films, on great 16mm prints courtesy of the USC Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive, and we will continue presenting the long-running series Retroformat: Rare Silent Gems on 8mm and 16mm Film, now in its 9th year at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre.  We are preparing many exciting, new projects for the near future, including collaborations with the Mayme Clayton Museum and Library and the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, as well as programs especially targeting children and schools.  

We need your help to continue creating new opportunities to see amazing historic silent films, always with live musical accompaniment.  Please join us as we create a new era for Silent Film fans in Los Angeles!  Thank you for your generous contribution.

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    • $25 
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Tom Barnes 
Los Angeles, CA
Retroformat Nonprofit Coalition 
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