Clifton's Cafeteria to host Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, 'Chinatown'
Clifton's Cafeteria, the iconic downtown Los Angeles restaurant that's in the early stages of a floor-to-ceiling renovation, will open its doors Saturday night to host a special screening of Roman Polanski's 1974 L.A. classic "Chinatown," along with an improvised performance from jazz composer and violinist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson based on the film's Jerry Goldsmith-penned score.
The cafeteria, which is being rehabbed by Edison Bar owner Andrew Meieran, recently received a face-lift when a 1960s-era aluminum grating that covered the building's original 1904 facade was removed. The full renovation of the space is expected to take at least 18 months, but in the meantime, with booking from the Los Angeles arts collective and creative agency The Masses, Clifton's will play host to a regular film and music series showcasing classic movies set in Los Angeles.
The Masses, which has created music videos for artists including Bon Iver, Beach House, Death Cab for Cutie (co-directed by the late Masses co-owner Heath Ledger), We Are Augustines and many others, and hosts the youth-oriented film camp OMG Cameras Everywhere!, used to program a similar screening series poolside at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.
The event is free, and each installment will feature DJs spinning music before and after the screening. On Saturday, in addition to Atwood-Ferguson's solo performance, Jesse Peterson and DJ Carlos Nino of the Dublab collective will provide the sounds. Seating is first come, first serve. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the movie starting at 8 p.m.
-- Randall Roberts
Photo: A view of the interior at the Clifton's Cafeteria in downtown Los Angeles. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times