Doug Benson

silent movie theatre

“Movie Houses of Worship” is a regular feature spotlighting our favorite movie theaters around the world, those that are like temples of cinema catering to the most religious-like film geeks. This week, FSR and Nonfics contributor Dan Schindel chose one of his favorite theaters. If you’d like to suggest or submit a place you regularly worship at the altar of cinema, please email our weekend editor. The Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre Location: 611 Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA Opened: Originally built in 1942 as the “Old Time Movies” theater by John Hampton. History: A tremendous silent film enthusiast, Hampton used the theater to exclusively showcase the old greats for decades. The theater closed in 1979 and remained shuttered until 1991, when Lawrence Austin convinced Hampton’s widow to sign ownership over to him. He rebranded the location as the Silent Movie Theater. It continued to screen only silents until 1997, when Austin was murdered by a hitman contracted by one of his coworkers. The theater was then purchased in 1999 by Charlie Lustman, who gave it a million dollar remodeling. In addition to silent film screenings, it now served as a trendy venue for upscale private events. The Cinefamily as we know it was born when brothers Dan and Sammy Harkham and Cinefile Video founder Hadrian Belove bought the Silent Movie Theater from Lustman in 2006. The theater is now a nonprofit, supported by sponsors and those who sign up to be members. No. of Screens: 1 Current First-Run Titles: The Act of […]

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The Greatest Movie Ever Rolled

Doug Benson is very funny. Whether or not you agree with the above statement is a good barometer of how you’ll feel about the perpetually inebriated comedian’s latest film, The Greatest Movie Ever Rolled. Unlike his previous effort, Super High Me, this one is akin to a Morgan Spurlock documentary in name only. This one follows Benson on tour with comedy partner Graham Elwood as they traverse through the American midwest. It’s not about smoking marijuana for 30 consecutive days, although that probably happens within the film. This movie is simply a road movie. Two comedians and the open road. Which is where it begins to rely heavily on how much you are entertained by these two men.

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Stand-up comedian Doug Benson embarks on a Morgan Spurlock-esque ride that will determine what it would be like to get high, day and night, for thirty days.

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