Arts & Entertainment

Indie Los Angeles theater Cinefamily to shutter following sexual misconduct allegations

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File: Atmosphere from the You Know Films & Atlantic Films "808" official film premiere at Cinefamily on Dec. 6, 2016 in Los Angeles.
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The independent movie theater Cinefamily is closing in the wake of investigations into the sexual misconduct of two of its executives.

Cinefamily's board of directors said Tuesday that it was shutting down after 10 years of operation due to crippling debt. The decision came after the board said it conducted an exhaustive analysis of the theater's reputational and financial status.

The Los Angeles theater came under scrutiny in August for sexual misconduct allegations against the theater's executive director Hadrian Belove and board member Shadie Elnashai, a month prior to the culture shifting Harvey Weinstein revelations. The board suspended activities of the theater at that point and hired an independent film to investigate the allegations.

The board says that no victims corroborated rape claims, but the investigation did uncover serious concerns and breaches of acceptable behavior.

Cinefamily had many celebrity supporters and fans including Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, David Geffen, Brie Larson, Jon Favreau, Sting and James L. Brooks.