Los Angeles is rife with film festivals of all sorts, but if the city has an underappreciated gem, it's the Cinecon Classic Film Festival, a beloved event whose 52nd edition runs Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-5, at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.
Passionately dedicated to rarely screened films from the silent and early sound era, Cinecon's highlight this year will be a newly restored two-strip Technicolor gem, 1930's "King of Jazz" featuring Paul Whiteman and his orchestra. Nothing if not eclectic, the festival also features Ernst Lubitsch's 1926 "So This Is Paris," the 1930 Ken Maynard-starring western "The Fighting Legion" and dozens of other items.
Because it shows so many films, Cinecon does not sell admission to individual films, but all-day passes are available at the door at $30 for Thursday and $40 each for Friday through Monday. It's got to be the biggest film bargain in town. More information at www.cinecon.org.