Robert Redford on his new WeHo movie theater

Robert Redford at the Sundance Festival 2012. Photo by Jemal Countess/Wikimedia Commons

Tonight on Which Way, L.A?Warren speaks to actor-director-producer Robert Redford about his new Sundance Sunset Cinema, an independent movie house that opens in the old Laemmle Sunset 5 Space on Aug. 31.  While Redford admits that his other theaters around the country have relied on bigger budget films to finance their independent offerings, he doesn’t think L.A. moviegoers will require same the spoonful of sugar approach and the Sunset Sundance will only showcase indie fare. Listen to the interview here:

On the full segment, airing tonight at 7 p.m., Cinedigm Digital Cinema CEO and former MGM head Chris McGurk also weighs in on Redford’s venture and why he believes independent filmmaking is on the brink of a new renaissance.

Comment on this post and let us know, will you visit the Sundance Sunset Cinema? To be sure, the theater faces stiff competition. We asked our Facebook friends their favorite L.A. movie theaters, and the ornate single-screen Vista on Sunset in Silver Lake won the most votes. But of course there’s also the Arclight Hollywood and the Landmark at the Westside Pavillion. How will Redford’s theater fit into the mix?

Here’s the full Which Way LA? We hear from Chris McGurk, chair and CEO of Cinedigm Digital Cinema, who says that somewhere during his corporate ride in Hollywood, he became a “softie” and fell in love with independent film.



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    Because of hostile management and badly maintained facilities I have been boycotting the Lamelle 5 cinemas for years. I will be delighted to support indie projects in what will hopefully be a well run, well maintained venue.

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