CINECON

Old Town Music Hall Cinecon 59 Venue
Old Town Music Hall Cinecon 59 Venue
Cinecon 59 thanks everyone for their support

ANOTHER EXCELLENT CINECON GATHERING FOR 2023!

WE ARE SO DEEPLY THANKFUL FOR ALL OUR ATTENDEES, ALLIES, FRIENDS, VENDORS AND MOST IMPORTANTLY THE AMAZING TEAM AT THE OLD TOWN MUSIC HALL FOR A HEARTFELT AND SUCCESSFUL FESTIVAL THIS LABOR DAY WEEKEND. MANY GOOD MEMORIES, UNIQUE FILMS AND SUPERB HONOREES. EVERY YEAR WE ARE STUNNED BY THE DEDICATION OF THIS COMMUNITY TO COME TOGETHER AND CELEBRATE THIS UNIQUE PERIOD OF CINEMA. CINECON 60 – HERE WE COME!

TO BEGIN OUR SHARING OF SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF CINECON 59 – WATCH TRIBUTE MONTAGES OF OUR THREE HONOREES FROM THIS YEAR. KEEP A WATCH OUT FOR MORE IN THE UPCOMING DAYS! 

Cinecon 59 Honoree Carol Lawrence
Honoree Peggy Webber

CLICK IMAGES TO WATCH EACH TRIBUTE

CINECON 59

PRESENTED BY HOLLYWOOD HERITAGE

AUGUST 31 – SEPTEMBER 4   2023

OLD TOWN MUSIC HALL

140 RICHMOND STREET – EL SEGUNDO, CA

For more than half a century Cinephiles have gathered over Labor Day Weekend to celebrate the movies at the annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival. Cinecon is where archivists, authors, collectors, and film fans come together for five days of classic film & TV screenings, celebrity guests, and special programs.

Now celebrating its 59th year, Cinecon is dedicated to showcasing unusual films that are rarely given public screenings. Cinecon 59 is presented in partnership with Hollywood Heritage, the renowned museum and preservation organization.

The festival will take place over Labor Day Weekend in Los Angeles from Aug 31st through Sept. 4th, 2023. Due to several legal and internal issues within The Hollywood Legion Theatre, we are not able to present Cinecon there so the screenings will be taking place at another historic venue, The Old Town Music Hall located at 140 Richmond St. in El Segundo, CA.

 

Cinecon 59 full poster

Poster Design by the ever superb CJ Wallis

Originally built in 1921, this quaint 176 seat theater has been showing vintage silent and sound films, and presenting live concerts by some of the world’s finest performers of jazz, ragtime, and popular music from the past since 1968. In addition to our regular accompanists, some of our silent films will be accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer, a massive 1925 wind-powered pipe organ that has been meticulously preserved so that silent classics can be experienced with live musical accompaniment, just as they did when they were first shown. If you have never visited, you are in for a treat as it is a truly magical place.

WANT TO CHECK OUT THE INSIDE OF THE THEATRE? A GOOD FRIEND OF CINECON CREATED THIS VERY COOL WEBSITE WITH AN INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE OF THE OLD TOWN MUSIC HALL. JUST FOLLOW THE ARROW PROMPTS TO GO FARTHER INTO THE SPACE. CHECK IT OUT HERE! 

GET YOUR FESTIVAL PASSES TODAY

FULL FESTIVAL PASSES

AVAILABLE NOW!

Full Passes give you access not only to all the amazing films we present but also to all of the additional special programs we are planning as well. AND you receive access to the always exciting Opening Night Gala on Thursday, August 31st! What a great deal!

Day Passes give you access to all films and events happening on one particular day. All tickets are handled through Eventbrite. If you need to pay with a check please see the TICKETS page for details on how to do that. 

NOTE: Because the venue is smaller this year, it is highly recommended that you purchase a Full Pass. If we sell out of Full Passes we will not be offering Day Passes.

Man tuning radio - The Extras Podcast
THE EXTRAS PODCAST – AUGUST 13, 2023

WE ARE ON THE AIRWAVES!

CHECK US OUT ON THESE TWO MOST EXCELLENT PODCASTS. ON AUGUST 13TH WE JOINED THE EXTRAS PODCAST. AND ON THE 14TH WE STROLLED OVER TO BILL BRIOUX’S PODCAST AT BRIOUX.TV TO CHAT ABOUT CINECON 59. COME LISTEN AND GET READY FOR CINECON!

Woman tuning radio for Bill Brioux podcast
BILL BRIOUX PODCAST – AUGUST 14, 2023
Interview with Nancy Olson
CBS NEWS INTERVIEW WITH NANCY OLSON

HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?

There are many ways to experience Cinecon – from attending the event to supporting our mission.

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GET A FESTIVAL PASS

COME FOR ONE DAY OR THE WHOLE FESTIVAL. PASSES ARE THE ONLY WAY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL THERE IS TO EXPERIENCE.

GET YOUR PASSES!

VOLUNTEER

WE CAN’T DO IT ALONE. VOLUNTEER SUPPORT IS CRUCIAL FOR THE EVENT TO TRULY SHINE. HELP US CREATE THE BEST EVENT EVER!

SIGN UP TO HELP

SPONSORSHIP

BECOME PART OF ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE EVENTS IN THE COUNTRY! PARTNER WITH US AND GET YOUR NAME IN LIGHTS!

SET UP YOUR SPONSORSHIP

DONATE

WE EXIST THROUGH YOUR GENEROSITY. CAN’T MAKE IT TO THE LIVE EVENT? CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION TO CINECON.

GIVE TO CINECON TODAY

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CHECK OUT THE FRIENDS OF CINECON

For the most current news and announcements about Cinecon 59 you will want to check out our Friends of Cinecon Classic Film Festival Facebook page.

SUPPORT CINECON

A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE

Cinecon currently falls under the 501c3 nonprofit status of Hollywood Heritage. You can donate to us by clicking on the “donate” button. The button will take you to a page that only says Hollywood Heritage but rest assured you are on the right page to donate to Cinecon/Hollywood Heritage.

If you’d rather donate by check or money order make it out to “Cinecon” and send it to:

Cinecon

3727 West Magnolia Blvd, #760

Burbank, CA  91505.

VOLUNTEER FOR CINECON

BE PART OF THE MAGIC

Have you ever said to yourself “Gee, those folks helping to put on Cinecon sure look like they’re having a lot of fun!” Well, of course not, because when you see us we usually have that shell-shocked look that comes from too many tasks and too few bodies to do the work!! You can help remedy this situation by becoming a Cinecon Volunteer.

Stella Grace is our dedicated volunteer coordinator, and she’d love to hear from you and put your talents towards the service of the Cinecon Classic Film Festival.

You can give Stella a call at (401) 400-1807 or e-mail her at stella102245@gmail.com

Join the Big Parade and become a Cinecon Volunteer!

FILMS SCREENED AT CINECON

Here is a comprehensive list of all (or most) of the films we’ve screened through the years, starting with Cinecon 1 in 1965 through Cinecon 55. Many special programs are also on the lists. Now you can quickly find out if and when we’ve run a specific title. There are 2 versions of the list, one in alphabetical order and the other in show order. Please note: there are a few question marks and discrepancies in this list as posted. If you have any corrections or additions, please send us an e-mail at cinecon52@aol.com

SEND US A MESSAGE

IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION, COMMENT OR WANT TO SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE OF CINECON – PLEASE SEND US A NOTE!

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Frequently Asked Questions

CAN I JUST COME SEE ONE MOVIE?

Sadly no. We would love to have people pick and choose from the schedule of movies, but we have found it works better for people to have at least a Day Pass. 

DO YOU HAVE LODGING DEALS WITH LOCAL HOTELS

YES! You can check out information about our partner hotel in the EVENT INFO Section. 

DO YOU SHOW MODERN MOVIES?

The focus of Cinecon centers on the films of the early times of cinema – namely films made between 1900 – 1940. Occasionally we will show films up to the 1950’s. 

CAN I GET A REFUND IF I CANNOT MAKE IT?

The only refunds we do are for the Pre-Registration Full Festival Passes which are $249. These can be refunded up until Aug 15, 2023.

CAN I COME FOR JUST ONE DAY?

YES! We realize that taking 4 days to watch awesome movies might not be possible. That is why we created Day Passes for each of the four days. Check out the ticket section for more details. 

CAN I PURCHASE PASSES AT THE FESTIVAL?

Yes you can! You can check in with staff on the day you go to the Festival. 

WHAT PAYMENT METHODS DO YOU ACCEPT?

Eventbrite accepts major forms of payment. We also can accept Paypal and Checks. 

DO YOU HAVE WELLNESS PROTOCOLS IN PLACE?

We do. While Covid-19 remains an issue, protocols have been relaxed for inside venues. We do encourage wearing a mask if you are concerned, but it is not mandatory. You can go to the EVENT INFO page for further details.

CONTACT US

Have a question, comment, or want to share something you love about Cinecon? Here is the place to do it! We try to respond as quickly as possible.

Email Address

cinecon52@aol.com

Write Us

3727 W. Magnolia Blvd #760, Burbank, CA 91505