The Chelsea Theater is Orange County's only nonprofit arthouse theater. For more than thirty years, the Chelsea has presented films that entertain, inspire, and engage.

Since becoming a community-supported nonprofit in 2018, the Chelsea has continued to build on its tradition of excellence with an expanded mission. Repertory and specialty film series, guest speakers, and partnerships with university and community groups are some of the ways the Chelsea reaches out to enrich the movie-going experience.

Fully renovated in 2021, the three-screen Chelsea's intimate size with comfortable seating, new screens and sound system, upgraded air filtration, amenities, and easy parking make the Chelsea a top destination for film lovers.

Board & Staff


  • Linda Luftig, Chair
  • Dan Cefalo, Vice Chair
  • Patricia Blau, Treasurer
  • Tinka Deal, Secretary
  • Charles Humble, Immediate Past Chair
  • Rachel Baer
  • Bonnie Bevan
  • Vickie Brown
  • Joe Dirr
  • Bryan Gilliam
  • Dave Haas
  • Tom Henkel
  • Charlene Regester
  • Alexander Roth
  • Miguel Rojas Sotelo


  • Emily Kass (Executive Director)
  • Matt Brown (Operations Manager)
  • Jason Sudak (Program Manager)
  • Anna Young (Digital Marketing Manager)
  • Shelli Plesser (Box Office/Concessions Attendant)
  • William McIntosh (Box Office/Concessions Attendant)
  • Max Kurzman (Box Office/Concessions Attendant)
  • Sam Mueller (Box Office/Concessions Attendant)
  • Charlie Brownlee (Box Office/Concessions Attendant)