What is the Silver Lake Picture Show?

SLPS-2015-circle-material-1The Silver Lake Picture Show is a free, summer community event that screens popular and culturally significant feature films, and introduces them with short films made by local filmmakers.

Nearly five years ago, for the first time in Los Angeles history, the city conducted an experiment in community building by closing a portion of a street in Silver Lake to automobile traffic and re-opening it for pedestrian use.  The Silver Lake Picture Show was the first event at the new Sunset Triangle Plaza and it is still the longest running.  Four years later, the Picture Show is considered a community staple and has become the primary example, for the city and their community building partners, of the potential that can be unlocked by opening the streets to pedestrians, artists and community members.

In a city where everyone is isolated in their individual vehicles, a community’s personality can be overlooked. But not in Silver Lake, and not with the Silver Lake Picture Show.

With between 400 – 2,000 attendees per show, and over 14,000 attendees in our first five seasons, the Picture Show transforms the Sunset Triangle Plaza each Thursday evening during the summer into a bustling community center where attendees show up early to shop and dine, and stay late to drink and socialize.  The Picture Show is a space where local filmmakers showcase their work, hundreds of people enjoy our favorite feature films, and friends and family gather from Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Echo Park and beyond to hang out, eat, drink and be entertained.

The Picture Show aims to provide a common space where artists can connect with one another to create new collaborations and share their work with the very people they are trying to connect with: their community.