Silent Movie Theatre at 611 N. Fairfax Ave, West Hollywood, shortly before it opened in 1942

Silent Movie Theatre at 611 N. Fairfax Ave, West Hollywood, shortly before it opened in 1942I was recently researching how long the Silent Movie Theatre had been around, as I wanted to set a scene there in my next book. Although it doesn’t only show silent movies now, the Silent Movie Theatre is a small cinema on Fairfax Ave, which opened with the sole purpose of playing silent movies, probably to a crowd that remembered them fondly. I was surprised—nay, shocked!—to learn it opened in 1942, and managed to find a photo of it just before it opened. The place is still there, but looks different as it’s now covered in ivy.

And in February 2016:

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2 Responses to Silent Movie Theatre at 611 N. Fairfax Ave, West Hollywood, shortly before it opened in 1942

  1. Hi – during the time I spent around Hollywood Blvd (especially 1948-49) there was a Silent Film theater just off the Blvd which I used to haunt – first time I saw Valentino films. Across the street was a newsreel theater where I watched the news. Also a used book and magazine store; for hunger there was the Pig ‘n Whistle. All great. Love, Blue and Lou.

  2. Carole Talaway says:

    My uncle used to frequent the Silent Movie Theatre as he lived close by. I would accompany him occasionally and then we would go to Canter’s or The Silver Spoon. Silent movies were not part of my heritage as I am a boomer from the 40’s but I enjoyed going as many of the movies were made in Hollywood or Culver City where I was raised.