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My Neighbor Totoro: Cinematheque / Trattoria on the Hill

Hayao Miyazaki is one of the most cherished animators in film history.  While Totoro is a family film, it is worth seeing and something I believe the group will enjoy it immensely.  I hope you can make it.

6:30 MOVIE

Meet near the entrance door to the theater 10 minutes ahead of time or look for the group inside the theater or meet us afterward near the theater door.

8:15 EATS

Trattoria is one of the good value restaurants in Cleveland.  It is on the north side of 12207 Mayfield near the Murray Hill intersection.  If weather permitting, we will be on their patio.  (216)[masked]

Tips for improving your restaurant experience:

  • Print a map or enter the address in your GPS ahead of time.
  • Bring CASH to pay for your meal.
  • When you arrive, ask to sit at the "Movie Group" table.

We open our Hayao Miyazaki series with one of the great animator’s most beloved films—which first debuted in Cleveland at the Cinematheque back in 1993! This gentle, poetic masterpiece tells of two young sisters who move with their father to the Japanese countryside, where they encounter spirits and other amazing creatures who can be seen only by children. One of them, the huge, furry, flying Totoro, takes the girls on a series of fantastic adventures. “The film that first brought Miyazaki to international attention remains an animated achievement almost without parallel.” –Time Out Film Guide.


"what Miyazaki has animated is an idyll, that most melancholic and nostalgic of genres, where landscapes vanish, innocence is lost and death is as much a part of nature as life."


The $5.00 yearly fee (or $1.50 for one movie) goes toward charges incurred for using the MeetUp website. You can access PayPal (see link in left hand column) or pay your fee to the Organizer at the event.

CEDAR LEE 2163 Lee Road. Cleveland Heights

Parking: Paid Parking is now 24 X 7, so bring quarters. Credit cards work in the garage. The back half of the parking lot is only 25 cents for 60 minutes.  A free parking lot is on Edgewood road, one block west of Lee road at Cedar.

CAPITOL THEATER 1390 W. 65th St. Cleveland (216) 651-7295.

Parking: A free parking lot is next to the theater.

CINEMATHEQUE Cleveland Institute of Art, 11141 East Blvd.

Parking: They have a free parking lot.

CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART Films , 11150 East Blvd.

Parking: They have an attendant parking garage. There is also street parking.

CLEVELAND FILM SOCIETY. Hosts the Cleveland International Film Festival at Tower City.

Parking at Tower City: Free validated parking with movie.

LOPEZ 2196 Lee Road or New Heights Grill, 2206 Lee Road.  A half-block south of the Cedar Lee on the other side of Lee Road.  We often go to one of these places afterward for discussions.


If this is your first movie with the group, there is no fee to attend.

This group has been successful partly because members have a genuine interest in meeting fellow independent movie goers. We don't always know where to look for you, especially first timers.  Consider posting your picture and printing out the pictures of the attendees to help find everyone easier.

We have multiple meeting places:

  • Entrance door to the movie in the theater hallway 5-10 minutes before the movie starts
  • By the entrance door or ticket office after the movie
  • Reserved table at the restaurant under the name "Movie Group"

We don't always sit together in the movie theater but if you see a bunch of people talking about good movies they have seen, it is probably us. Please join in. We are always happy to get new people involved.

In the world of Independent films, it is recommended that you check back a few days before the event to make sure the movie, restaurant, location or time has not changed.

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  • Renu

    The director paints such a beautiful, harmonious was a joy to experience. Definitely recommended.

    September 17, 2012

  • Carol P.

    If someone didn't like this movie-they are probably the mean old grump IN a movie. Beautiful, sweet, touching and funny.

    September 17, 2012

  • Kathleen

    Will there be meetup events for Miyazaki's other films that Cinamatheque is showing?

    September 16, 2012

    • Jims

      Kathleen, I don't think any more animated films are being scheduled. However, if you are interested in organizing one, I would be happy to have you on board. Thanks.

      September 16, 2012

  • Jims

    I really liked this movie. It was imaginative, very visual and a bit magical. It ranks up there with the best Disney animated works, although being 25 years old, there was no CGI

    September 16, 2012

  • Doug M.

    An endearingly, imaginative story where even the scary beasts in the woods are soft & cuddly. A bit of cross between 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Where the Wild Things Are'. ... Tks to Jim for organizing the outing. It was my first time with this group, and had a good experience; even the breaded eggplant at Trattoria was tasty.

    September 16, 2012

  • Lynne B.

    So sorry I couldn't make it after all. I hope to attend one of these soon.

    September 16, 2012

  • Doug M.

    I was at the Cinematheque on Sat to see 'Vertigo', and prior to the film, Tim Harry (asst dir), talked about what a big crowd they got for "My Neighbor Totoro" on Friday. Lots of families & kids, who particularly enjoyed the free lemonade served in the lobby .. even got to eat animal crackers in the theater ... how fun is that ... so I think we are all in for some kind of special experience .. can't wait.

    September 16, 2012

  • Mary

    I was notified to update dinner plans for Sunday and am definitely coming to dinner. love Trattoria too.

    September 14, 2012

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