Recently, Malibu Cinemas closed its doors for the last time. But there’s still a place in Malibu to see movies the way they were intended to be seen… on a big screen with other fans. This month through the Academy Awards show, the Malibu Film Society begins its ninth season showing the latest films, documentaries and animated features—many before they are released in theaters. They [MFS] even occasionally show a classic film, like last season’s 75th anniversary showing of “The Maltese Falcon,” proceeds from which supported Malibu’s Adamson House. Many screenings include Q&A sessions with the film’s artists and stars; a hint: Professor X—leader of the “X-Men”—is the special guest for the Nov. 2 screening of “Logan.” You can’t see that on social media. Speaking of social media, movies—especially those seen with an audience—are the only real social media. Unlike films streamed at home, movies shown in a theater setting literally bring us together and create a shared experience. The MFS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization operated by volunteers. While the society relies on member support in the form of dues and sponsorships, the public is invited to attend. Each screening includes free snacks, free soda, free popcorn and free wine for everyone who attends. You don’t need to be a member to attend the screenings, but it’s a good idea to sign up for the mailing list so you don’t miss out on upcoming events. Members, however, receive discounts, early notice of screenings, and may attend exclusive “members-only” events.
You can learn more about the MFS—and join—by visiting MalibuFilmSociety.org.
Did I mention the free wine?
Mike Thomas is an Atlanta transplant and a member of the Malibu Film Society board.