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The Frida Cinema is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arts organization, dedicated to enriching, connecting, and educating communities through the art of cinema. Founded February 21, 2012, we are Orange County's year-round film festival, presenting quality independent, classic, student, short, anime, and avant-garde cinematic programming, complemented by community engagements, live concert events, and other diverse cultural experiences.

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Calendar

 

To view all movies playing this month checkout the full calendar HERE

Jul 20 @ 2:30 pm
An insightful and intimate celebration of the performers who become icons of the horror genre, focusing on the man who would become one of its most prolific slashers, director Derek Dennis Herbert’s new documentary feature To HellRead more about TO HELL AND BACK: THE KANE HODDER STORY[...]
Jul 20 @ 5:00 pm
An insightful and intimate celebration of the performers who become icons of the horror genre, focusing on the man who would become one of its most prolific slashers, director Derek Dennis Herbert’s new documentary feature To HellRead more about TO HELL AND BACK: THE KANE HODDER STORY[...]
Jul 20 @ 7:30 pm
An insightful and intimate celebration of the performers who become icons of the horror genre, focusing on the man who would become one of its most prolific slashers, director Derek Dennis Herbert’s new documentary feature To HellRead more about TO HELL AND BACK: THE KANE HODDER STORY[...]
Jul 20 @ 8:00 pm
Meryl Streep earned her 14th (!!!) Oscar nomination for her performance as the diabolical Miranda Priestly in the 2006 comedy/drama The Devil Wears Prada – screening one night only, Friday July 20th at 8pm! AndyRead more about THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA[...]
Jul 20 @ 10:00 pm
An insightful and intimate celebration of the performers who become icons of the horror genre, focusing on the man who would become one of its most prolific slashers, director Derek Dennis Herbert’s new documentary feature To HellRead more about TO HELL AND BACK: THE KANE HODDER STORY[...]
Jul 20 @ 11:00 pm
It’s been a long time coming, but Japanese genre master Takashi Miike’s shocking, deeply disturbing – and  surprisingly, subversively poignant and thought-provoking – 1999 thriller Audition comes to The Frida July 20th and 21st!  OurRead more about AUDITION: Presented by HorrorBuzz[...]
Jul 21 @ 11:30 am
Based of the bestselling Nicholas Sparks novel, The Notebook is one of the most tender and moving love stories of all time – and easily one of our most requested throwback classics. At a modern-dayRead more about THE NOTEBOOK[...]
Jul 21 @ 2:30 pm
Based of the bestselling Nicholas Sparks novel, The Notebook is one of the most tender and moving love stories of all time – and easily one of our most requested throwback classics. At a modern-dayRead more about THE NOTEBOOK[...]
Jul 21 @ 2:30 pm
An insightful and intimate celebration of the performers who become icons of the horror genre, focusing on the man who would become one of its most prolific slashers, director Derek Dennis Herbert’s new documentary feature To HellRead more about TO HELL AND BACK: THE KANE HODDER STORY[...]
Jul 21 @ 5:00 pm
Based of the bestselling Nicholas Sparks novel, The Notebook is one of the most tender and moving love stories of all time – and easily one of our most requested throwback classics. At a modern-dayRead more about THE NOTEBOOK[...]
Jul 21 @ 5:00 pm
An insightful and intimate celebration of the performers who become icons of the horror genre, focusing on the man who would become one of its most prolific slashers, director Derek Dennis Herbert’s new documentary feature To HellRead more about TO HELL AND BACK: THE KANE HODDER STORY[...]
Jul 21 @ 8:00 pm
It’s been a long time coming, but Japanese genre master Takashi Miike’s shocking, deeply disturbing – and  surprisingly, subversively poignant and thought-provoking – 1999 thriller Audition comes to The Frida July 20th and 21st!   High-rankingRead more about AUDITION[...]
Jul 21 @ 8:00 pm
Join the Arab Film and Media Institute (AFMI) for a special screening of award-winning film Wajib – Palestine’s Official Submission to the 90th Academy Awards! A charming and intimate road movie about community, Palestinian identity, andRead more about WAJIB: Presented by Arab Film & Media Institute (AFMI)[...]
Jul 21 @ 10:30 pm
An insightful and intimate celebration of the performers who become icons of the horror genre, focusing on the man who would become one of its most prolific slashers, director Derek Dennis Herbert’s new documentary feature To HellRead more about TO HELL AND BACK: THE KANE HODDER STORY[...]
Jul 22 @ 11:30 am
Based of the bestselling Nicholas Sparks novel, The Notebook is one of the most tender and moving love stories of all time – and easily one of our most requested throwback classics. At a modern-dayRead more about THE NOTEBOOK[...]
Jul 22 @ 12:30 pm
An insightful and intimate celebration of the performers who become icons of the horror genre, focusing on the man who would become one of its most prolific slashers, director Derek Dennis Herbert’s new documentary feature To HellRead more about TO HELL AND BACK: THE KANE HODDER STORY[...]
Jul 22 @ 2:30 pm
Based of the bestselling Nicholas Sparks novel, The Notebook is one of the most tender and moving love stories of all time – and easily one of our most requested throwback classics. At a modern-dayRead more about THE NOTEBOOK[...]
Jul 22 @ 3:00 pm
An insightful and intimate celebration of the performers who become icons of the horror genre, focusing on the man who would become one of its most prolific slashers, director Derek Dennis Herbert’s new documentary feature To HellRead more about TO HELL AND BACK: THE KANE HODDER STORY[...]
Jul 22 @ 5:00 pm
Based of the bestselling Nicholas Sparks novel, The Notebook is one of the most tender and moving love stories of all time – and easily one of our most requested throwback classics. At a modern-dayRead more about THE NOTEBOOK[...]
Jul 22 @ 5:30 pm
An insightful and intimate celebration of the performers who become icons of the horror genre, focusing on the man who would become one of its most prolific slashers, director Derek Dennis Herbert’s new documentary feature To HellRead more about TO HELL AND BACK: THE KANE HODDER STORY[...]
Jul 22 @ 7:30 pm
Based of the bestselling Nicholas Sparks novel, The Notebook is one of the most tender and moving love stories of all time – and easily one of our most requested throwback classics. At a modern-dayRead more about THE NOTEBOOK[...]
Jul 22 @ 8:00 pm
An insightful and intimate celebration of the performers who become icons of the horror genre, focusing on the man who would become one of its most prolific slashers, director Derek Dennis Herbert’s new documentary feature To HellRead more about TO HELL AND BACK: THE KANE HODDER STORY[...]
Jul 23 @ 12:30 pm
An insightful and intimate celebration of the performers who become icons of the horror genre, focusing on the man who would become one of its most prolific slashers, director Derek Dennis Herbert’s new documentary feature To HellRead more about TO HELL AND BACK: THE KANE HODDER STORY[...]
Jul 23 @ 3:00 pm
Our six-film retrospective of some of the greatest works by iconic and heavily-influential Japanese auteur Akira Kurosawa concludes with his awe-inspiring 1950 crime drama Rashomon. A riveting psychological suspense thriller that details four people’s differingRead more about RASHOMON: The Films of Akira Kurosawa[...]
Jul 23 @ 3:00 pm
An insightful and intimate celebration of the performers who become icons of the horror genre, focusing on the man who would become one of its most prolific slashers, director Derek Dennis Herbert’s new documentary feature To HellRead more about TO HELL AND BACK: THE KANE HODDER STORY[...]
Jul 23 @ 5:00 pm
Our six-film retrospective of some of the greatest works by iconic and heavily-influential Japanese auteur Akira Kurosawa concludes with his awe-inspiring 1950 crime drama Rashomon. A riveting psychological suspense thriller that details four people’s differingRead more about RASHOMON: The Films of Akira Kurosawa[...]
Jul 23 @ 5:30 pm
An insightful and intimate celebration of the performers who become icons of the horror genre, focusing on the man who would become one of its most prolific slashers, director Derek Dennis Herbert’s new documentary feature To HellRead more about TO HELL AND BACK: THE KANE HODDER STORY[...]
Jul 23 @ 7:00 pm
Our six-film retrospective of some of the greatest works by iconic and heavily-influential Japanese auteur Akira Kurosawa concludes with his awe-inspiring 1950 crime drama Rashomon. A riveting psychological suspense thriller that details four people’s differingRead more about RASHOMON: The Films of Akira Kurosawa[...]
Jul 23 @ 8:00 pm
An insightful and intimate celebration of the performers who become icons of the horror genre, focusing on the man who would become one of its most prolific slashers, director Derek Dennis Herbert’s new documentary feature To HellRead more about TO HELL AND BACK: THE KANE HODDER STORY[...]
Jul 23 @ 9:00 pm
Our six-film retrospective of some of the greatest works by iconic and heavily-influential Japanese auteur Akira Kurosawa concludes with his awe-inspiring 1950 crime drama Rashomon. A riveting psychological suspense thriller that details four people’s differingRead more about RASHOMON: The Films of Akira Kurosawa[...]

 

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As Orange County’s only non-profit, independent art house cinema, we rely on support from film lovers like you to keep our doors open and our screens lit, and Memberships are the perfect way to lend your support throughout the year!

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THE BLOG

The Frida Cinema bids farewell to screenwriter Shinobu Hashimoto

This month, The Frida Cinema has been honoring the works of iconic and highly-influencial Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, with a

One marathon to rule them all…

On Saturday, August 18th, The Frida Cinema is giving you an opportunity to prove just how die-hard a fan of The

Director SCOTTY BAKER and guests join us for Tuesday & Wednesday night’s 5TH PASSENGER evening screenings!

We are excited to announce that writer/director Scotty Baker will be joining us in person for select screenings of his new

Third Show added to MST3K’s THE MADS as original shows come close to selling out!

The Mads Are Back!  And as our 8pm shows on Friday, June 29th and Saturday, June 30th inch closer and

PASSES ARE NOW ON SALE FOR HORRIBLE IMAGININGS FILM FESTIVAL!

Calling all lovers of horror cinema!  The ninth annual Horrible Imaginings Film Festival returns to Southern California August 31 – September 2

AKIRA showtimes extended through Wednesday!

ONE MORE DAY added to our run of legendary sci-fi cult classic Akira!   Catch encore screenings Tuesday, May 22nd and

The Frida Cinema celebrates Miloš Forman with ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST and AMADEUS

Though Czechoslovakian filmmaker Miloš Forman, who passed away on April 13 at the age of 86, directed only 13 feature

PENELOPE SPHEERIS comes to The Frida with two Double Features – including THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION Parts I, II, & III!

Legendary director Penelope Spheeris is coming to The Frida! In celebration of the new 2K restorations of her acclaimed documentary trilogy The Decline

The 2018 Academy Award nominees for BEST SHORT come to The Frida! Here’s the full schedule!

The Frida Cinema is excited to continue its annual tradition of bringing our community the opportunity to experience this year’s