Soho House's screening room in West Hollywood
Hollywood’s swooning for Soho House’s new screening room
The West Hollywood outpost of posh private club Soho House became a see-and-be-seen citadel for industry types from the moment it opened last March. Now the elevated enclave on the top floors of a Sunset Strip high-rise near Doheny has opened a state-of-the-art screening room for its movie-colony membership. And unlike tired local standbys like the Aidikoff and Harmony Gold, Soho House’s 50-seat cinema is super-stylized, featuring swank plush-velvet club chairs, tableside cabaret lamps and cashmere throws (designed by The Elder Statesman’s Greg Chait) hidden in each seat’s accompanying ottoman—not to mention a roving candy trolley.
“So many screening rooms are overly spare,” says Soho House founder Nick Jones. “I wanted a glamorous, Old Hollywood feel for our own.”
Which isn’t to say the space is merely superficial: It’s got 3-D capability, as well as the ability to handle 16mm and 32mm prints. “We can show Andy Warhol’s films in the original format,” says staffer Julia Taylor-Brown. The club has already hosted a pre-release screening of indie darling Tiny Furniture, as well as intimate Q&As with the likes of Babel director Alejandro González Iñárritu. It’s also proving popular with members as a rental option, especially as a sort of showbiz Switzerland in a town often arbitrated by you-come-to-my-place power games. Explains Jones: “We’re neutral territory.”
Location, Location, Fixation!
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Billy Wilder Theater
Designed by architect Michael Maltzan, the Westwood venue exists right off the Hammer’s modernist courtyard, where Summit Entertainment held after-parties for its last two Twilight film premieres.
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THE PERK There’s no film format it can’t handle, from the variable speed projection required for early silents to the latest in digital projection. 310.443.7030.
This former smog-check center and LEED-Platinum candidate at the center of Culver City’s gallery row brings new meaning to the term “green screen,” utilizing 100 percent solar energy to power the 20-footer.
THE SEAT COUNT 100
THE PERK The vertical garden-bedecked patio can be utilized for the after-party.
Silent Movie Theatre
Built in 1942, this restored Art Deco hall in the Fairfax District gives guests something to talk about with modern touches, like a screen wired to run everything from talkies to Guitar Hero jam sessions.
The Seat Count 170
The Perk A concession stand stocked with such gourmet grub as Crumbs cupcakes and Milk ice cream.
This midcentury-styled abode with a Moroccan design motif in Culver City is equipped with three screens and countless sustainable design elements, including fences constructed from reclaimed barn wood and organic gardens.
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The Perk A teahouse converts into a hookah room for those who prefer tobacco to tea leaves.
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