Below are places to find classic film screenings throughout California. If you know of a theater that screens classic films in California that is not included in this list email us at seeclassicfilms@gmail.com.

California Classic Film Screenings

Bay Area

Cameras Cinema – San Jose

Cult Film Series

Noir City Film Festival – San Francisco

January 20-29 2017

Paramount Theater of the Arts – Oakland

Classic movie night includes newsreel, cartoon, previews, pipe organ intro before the 35mm screening

San Francisco Silent Film Festival – San Francisco

June 2017

Stanford Theater – Palo Alto

Only screens classic films

Chico

Chico Silent Film Festival 

Annual silent film festival

Fremont

Niles Film Museum

Regularly screens classic films

Los Angeles Area

American Cinemateque – Hollywood

Regularly screens classic films

Arclight – Hollywood

Occasionally screens classic films

Autry National Center – Los Angeles

Regularly screens classic westerns

Cinecon – Hollywood

Classic film festival – Aug 31- Sept 4 2017

CineFamily – Los Angeles

Screens silent films on some Saturday nights

Hart Park and Museum – Newhall

Silents Under the Stars Annual Event – Aug 12 2017

Hollywood Heritage – Paramount Ranch

Silents Under the Stars – recurring

Los Angeles Museum or Art – Los Angeles

Tuesday matinee classic film screenings

Los Angeles Theater Organ Society – Los Angeles

Upcoming silent film screenings can be found on their events page

New Beverly Cinema – Los Angeles

Regularly screens classic films in 35mm

Nuart Theater – Los Angeles

Occasionally screens classic films

Old Town Music Hall – El Segundo

Regularly screens silent films with a pipe organ

Rooftop Cinema Club – Los Angeles

Regularly screens classic films

TCM Classic Film Festival – Hollywood

April 6 – 9 2017

UCLA Billy Wilder Theater – Los Angeles

Regularly screens classic films, including the Festival of Preservation (March 3-27 2017)

Lone Pine

Lone Pine Film Festival

last festival was Oct 7-9 2016

Palm Springs

Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival

May 11-14th 2017


Classic film screenings on this site are described broadly – if a theater screens a film made before 1990 even a few times a year they qualify. Film festivals that may occur in multiple  theaters and film societies that produce classic film events are included in this list as well. You’ll also find many theaters that mostly screen current films but offer classic film screenings either during the summer or on a weekly basis.

When possible we try and highlight information such as if a theater is a restored movie palace, screens classic films regularly, screens silent films, hosts festivals, or has live musical accompaniments. We’re always happy to update our listing with updated information or include photos of venues. Contact us at seeclassicfilms@gmail.com for any update requests on our California classic film screenings page.

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