Hollywood Cinerama, Los Angeles, 2003 (image credit: Hiroshi Sugimoto)
No city on Earth is more closely associated with motion pictures than Los Angeles. 10% of all movie theaters in the entire country are located in California and Los Angeles County is home to over 100 of them. Although most of Los Angeles's theaters, like those throughout the country, showcase only the latest Hollywood product, there are also specialty theaters which show art films, adult films, classic films, experimental films, foreign films, independent films, revival films, &c. I've previously written about Southern California's drive-in theaters (For Ozoners Only) and overlooked commercial foreign language cinemas (Los Angeles's Secret, Foreign Language Movie Theater Scene). This is my guide to the repertory cinemas or revival houses.
Highly decorated ushersYou may ask yourself why you would leave your humble abode to go see a film which can be seen on YouTube, streamed, or owned on the video format of your choice. Well, presumably you don't have guest speakers doing Q&As at your residence -- a common feature of repertory cinema. Then there's the fact that whether its a bare bones nickelodeon or a grand movie palace, movies should be seen with an audience (although I did see both The Shadow and Edvard Munch in otherwise empty theaters, which was its own kind of fun) -- and don't be a slouch, put some effort into your appearance.