fa·nat·ic (fə-nāt'ĭk): n. A person marked or motivated by an extreme, unreasoning enthusiasm, as for a cause.
SO YOU THINK YOU'RE A MOVIE FANATIC!
Do your eyes sparkle whenever you hear the phrase Coming Soon To A Theatre Near You?
Do your friends think you're crazy for demanding to see the new flicks on OPENING WEEKEND?
Do you get to the theater super early to get the best seats in the house
Do you get upset when that slow moving popcorn line makes you miss the trailers?
Do you regularly sit through the end-credits and can you tell folks just what the heck a Key Grip is?
Do you get into intense debates about the symbolism of Fight Club, the ending of No Country For Old Men or whether or not Johnny Depp should play The Riddler in the next Batman movie?
Do you scream at the TV in jubilation or disgust when the Oscar nominees & winners are announced?
Did you answer YES to any or ALL of those questions? Yep. You're definitely a MOVIE FANATIC - just like US!
WHO WE ARE
SOCAL MOVIE FANATICS is Meetup's #1 film club in Southen California with MORE MEMBERS & MORE GROUP ACTIVITIES than any other film club in the area! Our group is for folks who's love for movies can easily be described by the definition of the word fanatic shown above. Many of us are indeed characterized by our extreme, unreasoning, and often misunderstood enthusiasm for all things CINEMA.
SCMF was formed in August 2006 and relaunched in its current configuration in Summer 2007. Our group is designed and geared for people who are SERIOUS MOVIE FANS - as well as those who want to become SERIOUS MOVIE FANS. Our goal is to gather together all of the current and aspiring serious movie fans around Los Angeles & the surrounding areas to experience the world of film in a group setting
Every week we host movie events at theatres across the LA area. We do more that just watch movies together as a group. We also gather at restaurants and coffee joints to discuss the merits of the movies we see - whether it was good or bad, whether we liked or disliked the script, if the actors rocked or stunk up the screen, etc.
WHO WE AREN'T
SOCAL MOVIE FANATICS is not a free movie screening club. We do get invites to some free screenings, but 99% of our events are regular movie outings in which you pay for your own tickets.
SCMF members are not film snobs. We don't look down on folks who favor mainstream Hollywood fare over those quirky & thought provoking Indie/Arthouse flicks. In our group, film lovers in both categories can co-exist in perfect harmony!
In the world of SCMF, AMC & Pacific Theatres and Laemmle & Landmark Arthouses, Ang Lee & Steven Spielberg, Miramax Films & Michael Bay all share equal time on our film schedule! The diversity of our film choices is what sets us apart from the other LA area movie Meetup groups. We are non-discriminate in our taste in film. We see everything from the latest blockbusters, action flicks, screwball comedies, suspense thrillers, romantic comedies and tearjerkers from Hollywood, to arthouse/indie flicks, foreign films, documentaries and classic films as well. A typiclal SCMF weekend of events will find an Arthouse movie event on Friday, a blockbuster action sequel on Saturday, and a thought provoking tearjerker on Sunday afternoon. If it's on the big screen, we'll be there!
We are not boasting or exaggerating when we call ourselves movie fanatics! We are extremely busy, fast-paced and hyperactive in comparison to other LA area movie Meetup groups. Every single week you'll catch us buying tix, munching popcorn and livin' it up at the multiplex. Don't believe us? Check out our Event Calendar!
Our Organizers Team members are constantly on the go, searching IMDB, Yahoo Movies and other film websites for all the upcoming movies and, when we see a hot film, we set up an event for it on our Calendar - sometimes up to 1 month in advance before the release date. As a result, SCMF sends out a plethora of emails to our members with details of new and updated events. We don't intend to be overly intrusive or to crash your Inboxes. We simply want to create a standard of excellence amongst the group as well as the entire LA area Meetup community. That standard includes precise and detailed event information, professional level event organization, and above all else, creating an atmosphere in which all members who attend our events will feel relaxed, at ease and, ultimately, have an awesome time at the movies!
WHERE ARE OUR EVENTS?
SCMF hosts movie events at theaters all across Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. We've been to almost every sort of movie theatre under the sun - classic single screen palaces like Grauman's Chinese, The Cinerama Dome, Mann's Village & The Majestic Crest in Westwood; to funky neighborhood theatres such as The Nuart & The Vista; art-house theatres like The Landmark & the Laemmle chain of theatres; state of the art megaplexes such as Arclight Hollywood/Sherman Oaks, the AMC chain of theatres (Century 15, Del Amo 18, Santa Anita 16, Citywalk 19), the Pacific Theatres chain (The Grove, Paseo Colorado, Glendale 18); and we LOVE IMAX theatres such as the AMC Citywalk IMAX Theatre & The Bridge Cinema de Lux IMAX Theatre. We have events for early morning matinees, Friday Opening Night shows, old-fashioned Saturday nights at the movies, midnight shows and retro/classic film screenings. We've even been spotted at a few drive-in theatres, too!
[ In addition, we also host monthly New Member Meet & Greet events as a way for our new members to meet our Organizers Team and other group members. Every February, we host our own Oscar Party featuring great food and fantastic prizes! In the future, we plan to expand our events to include movie watching parties & Scene It and other movie related game parties at members homes & birthday celebrations for our members
JOIN THE FUN!!!
SoCal Movie Fanatics is anchored on 3 key principles: Great Flicks - Cool Friends - Good Times. Our Organizers Team will do the best they can to choose great movies for us to see. We will also work hard to create fun and exciting events. But our events mean nothing without you, our faithful and dedicated group members. Your input, involvement and participation is exactly what we need to make this group fun and exciting. So, if you have an idea for a good event, if there's a movie you want the group to see, whatever your thoughts are about this group - let us know. Remember - this group is what you make it.
Thanks for checking us out and we'll see you at the movies!
IF YOU STILL LOVE GOING TO THE MOVIES, THEN SOCAL MOVIE FANATICS IS THE PLACE TO BE!
In an age of Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, countless torrent sites which enable you to download the latest movies, along with those pesky teenagers who are addicted to texting at your friendly neighborhood multiplex,SoCal Movie Fanatics (SCMF) hasremained dedicated to the beloved pastime of GOING TO THE MOVIES!
TV's are bigger than ever and surround sound systems put out sonic level audio. But NOTHING beat the experience of walking up to the theatre anticipating the next great flick. Yeah, your microwave can pop out a nice bag of popcorn, but your kitchen pales by comparison to the smell of freshly popped corn and (REAL!) melted butter on display at the concession stand. And no 70-80 inch HDTV can stand up to the experience of watching the curtains part at TCL Chinese Theatre or the Cinerama Dome @ ArcLight Hollywood revealing that massively huge screen projecting the next great Hollywood hit. Around here, going to the movies is AN EVENT. And no other Meetup group in LA does the movie-going experience better than SoCal Movie Fanatics!
Since 2006, SCMF been Meetup's prime destination for big screen excitement in the Los Angeles area! Every week we gather movie lovers across SoCal to the biggest & best theatres in town to see the latest and greatest films from Hollywood. If blockbusters are your thing, join us as we hit the biggest theatres with thebiggest screens & biggest sound, in town! If theindie, arthouse & foreign film scene is your thing, we've got a cluster of Fanatics who are dedicated to catching the finest & most eclectic films from those genres!
No matter what your cinematic preferences are, we promise you an awesome time at the movies! You'll see some great flicks (and a few stinkers too!). You'll eat some good food (we always go out to eat before/after the movie). You'll make some great new friends! You'll definitely have a good time with your movie-loving kindred spirits!
NOTE:We are not a free movie screening club. If you're looking for a hookup for free advance screenings, this is not the group for you. Ditto for those of you addicted to your Netflix/Amazon Prime/Hulu accounts. No disrespect, but we believe that movies were meant to be experienced ON THE BIG SCREEN! If you are happily disagree and would rather stay glued to your 50 inch TV, once again, this is not the group for you.
Follow these easy steps to attending our events:
JOIN THIS GROUP!
Find the movie event that you wish to attend & RSVP 'Yes" for it.
Read the event throughly for Meeting time/Showtime/Ticket information as well as the Event Host's contact info. NOTE: All members are responsible for buying their own movie tickets unless otherwise stated on the event info page.
SHOW UP! Look for the the lovely lady/gentleman holding the sign with the SCMF logo at the theatre.
Join us after the movie for post-movie chat - usually involving some sort of dinner/dessert/coffee. Many times we grub BEFORE the movie as well.
If you like us, COME BACK to our next event...and BRING YOUR FRIENDS !
So what are you waiting for? Cancel that Netflix subscription and JOIN US as we prance around Los Angeles searching for the best that Hollywood has to offer! You'll never watch another movie by yourself again!