The Sprocket Society seeks to cultivate the love of the mechanical cinema, its arts and sciences, and to encourage film preservation by bringing film and its history to the public through screenings, educational activities, and our own archival efforts.
Founded in 2007, we have produced film screenings in Seattle since 2008, with programs ranging from silent film to documentaries, experimental cinema to the Secret Matinee series (complete with weekly serial episodes), and more.
Learn more about our
previous screenings, or read program notes from them.
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Saturday Secret Matinees
A 12 week film series recreating the matinees of yester-year!
Each week a different show! With: a cliffhanger serial episode of Mysterious Dr. Satan (1940)! Plus: a secret classic feature! All on 16mm film!
Every Saturday @ 2:00 PM
Jan. 5 through Mar. 30, 2019
Grand Illusion Cinema ~ U District ~ Seattle
Save big with series passes, available at the door!
Past Programs by The Sprocket Society Have Included:
Pioneering special effects epics from around the world.
Silent Magic: Trick Films and Special Effects, 1895-1912
— A screening series honoring the passing of three giants of experimental cinema in 2012. Experimental Memoria
— Pioneering films from France, Britain, Russia, and the USA. Plus short documentaries about magic lanterns and the Library of Congress paper print collection. First Light: The Birth of Cinema 1895-1901
— Brilliant and influential experimental works made primarily with found footage. Breakaway: Films by Bruce Conner, 1958-2004
— Robert Enrico's stunning trilogy of award-winning films based on Ambrose Bierce short stories. The Heart of Life
— Rare short films tracing the evolution of sound cinema, plus live re-enactments of Lyman Howe's pioneering Victrola accompaniments. First Words: The Birth of Sound Cinema, 1895-1929
and many others...