Promoting the Art and History of the Silent Film Era.

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Welcome to the Music Box Cinema!

Video recorded July 6, 2019 by Retroformat Coalition Board Member Sean P. Malone.

About Us

Tom Barnes, singer Baby Cakes, Karie Bible & Cliff Retallick at the Music Box Cinema, 9/28/2019.

Our Mission

The sole mission of the Retroformat Coalition is to educate and inspire enthusiasm for the art and history of Silent Film. We fulfill this by recreating the original moviegoing experience of in-person screenings with live musical accompaniment, introducing new generations to the joy and power of early cinema.


Two Great Regular Screening Series!

Our newest series is The Music Box Cinema, with monthly screenings of great silent films plus great live musical acts at the historic Woman’s Club of Hollywood building. We are also continuing the long-running series Retroformat: Rare Silent Gems on 8mm and 16mm Film, now in its ninth year at the Steven Spielberg Screening Room of the American Cinematheque’s (formerly Grauman’s) Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Live musical accompaniment is provided for all films by our Musical Director Cliff Retallick, L.A.'s premiere live film accompanist.  

Paul Dooley talks about working with Buster Keaton at Retroformat: Rare Silent Gems, 8/26/17.

We have many exciting, special projects planned.  Check back often!  

Our programs often include special guests and focus on social issues, diversity and trailblazing female filmmakers.  Please help us continue by making a tax deductible contribution now at  

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