Los Angeles’s revival and repertory movie theaters, updated daily. Since 2017.

Revival Houses

Revival Houses is a site I’d wanted to exist for years. I found myself visiting the individual theaters’ sites regularly and thought Wouldn’t it be great if all the movies were listed in one place?

The site is the product of just me and suggestions from friends and visitors to the site; there’s no big company behind it. I’m a freelance web developer professionally, and Revival Houses is my passion project. I love the romance of classic theaters and having a chance to see older movies on the big screen.

My approach has been to build the kind of site I want to use, with the hope that others find it useful too. I hope you like it.

My goals were (and remain) pretty simple:

  • Keep the movie listings current. The list of films on the homepage, Condensed View page, Theaters pages, and Areas pages are updated daily. On several occasions I’ve noticed that Revival Houses has movies listed well before the likes of Fandango and Moviefone.
  • Provide convenience features. Such as:
    • Running the site like an app from your device’s home screen;
    • Filtering movies by theater (the “view options” button on the homepage);
    • Seeing at a glance what movies have been added today (the “view list” link on the homepage);
    • Searching for a movie by its title (full or partial). This is available on the homepage and Condensed View page.
    • Links to buy tickets from a theater’s ticket service and to read more info about a movie on a theater’s site, when available;
    • Tell a Friend (the envelope buttons on the homepage)—a shortcut for emailing a friend(s) about a movie;
    • And more.
  • Make it load fast. If you’re like me, you just want to find out what movies are playing, without being bombarded by junk that slows down a site. (Sorry, Moviefone.) This is especially important as more of us use mobile devices. I won’t rule out runnings ads on the site some day, but if I do include them, I’ll make sure they don’t drag down and dominate the experience.
  • Provide value to both users and the theaters. I love that these theaters exist, and I want to drive as much traffic to them as I can.

Please feel free to reach out. I’d love to hear from you whether you like the site, think it has room for improvement, or have a theater or feature suggestion (I apologize in advance if I don’t add it!). I’m available for contract work as well.

Thanks for visiting, and see you at the theaters!


Revival Houses
July 2017

(Page last updated in June 2024.)

“A revival house or repertory cinema is a cinema that specializes in showing classic or notable older films (as opposed to first run films). Such venues may include standard repertory cinemas, multi-function theatres that alternate between old movies and live events, and some first-run theatres that show past favorites alongside current independent films.”