The Ojai Film Society was founded in 1988, to screen quality, independent, classic and foreign films to the Ojai Valley community. Since the untimely closing of the Ojai Playhouse more than 2 ½ years ago, we have struggled to continue our mission on a regular weekly basis. In the process, we have been losing money at a rate of low-five figures per year. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we have a fiduciary obligation to responsibly manage the assets of the Film Society.
At this time, without viable revenue, we cannot continue to support the administrative infrastructure necessary for maintaining regular weekly movies. Therefore, we must temporarily suspend our weekly Sunday-afternoon movie series until a venue becomes available that will allow us to reach a larger audience, and generate a modest yearly profit.
However, the Ojai Film Society has not closed its doors. We will be continuing our successful Young Filmmakers Competition as in years past. Additionally, we will still have select Film Society showings throughout the calendar year at various Ojai venues. Most importantly, we will redirect our efforts toward making sure that this community—a place of beauty, art and culture—has a permanent place where we all can share the gift of movies.
Our last regularly scheduled movie will be Chicken People at the Ojai Art Center on February 19 at 5 p.m. Please come out and enjoy.
Thank you all for your unwavering support of the Ojai Film Society. We have enjoyed serving each one of you.