WE’RE TURNING FIVE!! Here’s how we’re celebrating!

We’re turning five!


Since opening our doors on February 21, 2014, The Frida Cinema has served as Orange County’s sole community-based, mission-driven not-for-profit Art House cinema, dedicated to the mission of “Enriching, connecting, and educating communities through the art of cinema.”  To celebrate our 5th Anniversary, we will be programming  an exciting lineup of films that YOU love, going back through our records to pull together over two dozen films that our audiences championed over our first five years!

As we like to say – and often do so as we introduce our screenings – the more you tell us what you want to see, the more we can bring those films and genres to you.  We’ve been so fortunate to serve a audience of film lovers and Film Club members that communicates with us, provides feedback and ideas, and reinforces with their attendance  when we’ve programmed something they’re excited to experience. As a way of saying thank you for our first five years, we’ve filled February with twenty-five films that helped to build and define us, such as 1998 anime classic Akira; two films by David Lynch, our most requested filmmaker; two Studio Ghibli classics, in reflection of our highly successful 2016 Studio Ghibli summer film festival which introduced so many new faces to our cinema; and of course we’re bringing back the film that defied our wildest expectations to become the highest-grossing film since we opened, Mandy.

On Thursday, February 21st, we will celebrate our Anniversary with a special screening of 1942 Best Picture winner Casablanca. The event will start at 6:30pm, when ticket holders will be welcome to a pre-screening mixer with hors d’oeuvres and drinks included with the $20 admission cost. The film will begin at 7:30pm, after a brief presentation highlighting some of the cinema’s accomplishments over its first five years, as well as its visions for the future.

On behalf of our Board of Directors, Staff, and Volunteers, we are so extremely proud and excited to celebrate our first five years – and deeply grateful for everyone who has joined our journey along the way.  We’ve made so many friends who walked through our doors and contributed something that made a game-changing impact, from a generous donation to a simple inspired idea or suggestion.  We are so very grateful to everyone who has played a role in our growth, and we seriously can’t wait to see what the next five years will bring!

– Logan Crow, Executive Director/Founder