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PRIDE MONTH – JUNE 2022

Join us this June for Pride Month 2022, a series of five films exploring LGBTQ identity and themes!

THE CINEMATIC EXPERIENCE – JUNE 2022

Join us this June for The Cinematic Experience, an epic series of movies that are best seen on the big screen!

Lloyd Kaufman coming to The Frida IN PERSON with DIVIDE & CONQUER and SHAKESPEARE’S SH-TSTORM

Splatter horror legend Lloyd Kaufman joins us in person again two nights in a row for Divide & Conquer and Shakespeare’s Sh-tstorm!

CINEMA ESSENTIALS – MAY 2022

Join us this May for Cinema Essentials 2022, featuring acclaimed films representing different Oscar categories!

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Lloyd Kaufman coming to The Frida IN PERSON with DIVIDE & CONQUER and SHAKESPEARE’S SH-TSTORM

Splatter horror legend Lloyd Kaufman joins us in person again two nights in a row for Divide & Conquer and Shakespeare’s Sh-tstorm!

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Film Threat Award This!

Join Film Threat and the Frida Cinema for a fundraiser supporting independent theaters! Film Threat’s Award This! is an event with a mission — to …

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Whats Happening at the Frida

4TH STREET CLOSURE DUE TO STREETCAR CONSTRUCTION — ENTER PARKING OFF SANTA ANA BLVD. & SPURGEON ST.

Construction for the OC Streetcar is underway, with a closure of 4th Street expected in the months ahead. Please note — the city’s parking structure (behind The Frida Cinema) is still accessible off 5th Street!

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Film Series

CINEMA ESSENTIALS – MAY 2022

Join us this May for Cinema Essentials 2022, featuring acclaimed films representing different Oscar categories!

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Film Series

DIRECTOR OF THE MONTH: Sam Raimi – MAY 2022

Join us this May for our Director of the Month: Sam Raimi series, highlighting the alternately horrifying and hilarious films of the Evil Dead auteur!

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STUDIO GHIBLI AT THE FRIDA – APRIL 2022

Join us this April for Ghibli Fest 2022, a month-long celebration of the films of Studio Ghibli!

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cinematic musings from the frida's writing team

GOOD TIME: Liquid Gold

Frida writing team member Anthony McKelroy analyzes the neon-soaked realism and kinetic rush of Josh and Benny Safdie’s Good Time.

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RSVP: Trivia Night at The Frida Cinema

The Frida Presents Film Club Trivia Night Join us for The Frida Cinema’s next Trivia Night! Grab some of your fellow trivia lovers, sign up …

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A Little Night Music: SUSPIRIA, A Goblin Amongst Men

Frida writing team member Josh Green talks about Goblin’s prog-rock score for Suspiria, the supernatural horror thriller from Dario Argento.

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Haven’t Seen: ALIENS

Frida writing team member Josh Green discusses James Cameron’s action-packed 1986 blockbuster Aliens in anticipation of it playing next weekend.

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Dancing Toward Death: Bob Fosse and ALL THAT JAZZ

Frida writing team member Penny Folger dives into the thematic and narrative threads tying Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz together.

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A Little Night Music: Joe Hisaishi and Studio Ghibli

Frida writing team member Josh Green examines several music pieces from the films of Studio Ghibli.

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Who Inspires Us

Who is FRIDA Kahlo?

...Why is Frida?

When you set out to do the impossible, it helps to find a source for inspiration…

Frida Kahlo (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954), the legendary Mexican painter and central figure in revolutionary Mexican politics and twentieth-century art, is renowned for her magnificent body of surreal, symbolic, and deeply personal art. What is less known about Kahlo is the incredible saga of integrity and perseverance inherent to her life’s story. In 1925, at the age of eighteen, Kahlo was involved in a tragic streetcar accident where she suffered multiple fractures to her spine, foot, and pelvic bones, spending the rest of her life struggling against severe pain and disability. 

Where for some this would have been enough to lose oneself to despair, Kahlo turned to art to communicate her physical suffering, as well as her passions for Mexican politics and for the love of her life, Diego Rivera, whom she married in 1929. A consummate creator until her death at 47, Kahlo’s inspiring resoluteness and individualism has led to her becoming a leading icon for both the LGBT and feminist movements, as well as for the greater conversation of self-expression through art.

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