Davis, Miles. (1926–1991)

Cinema 16 Membership Application

Original Cinema 16 membership application card completed by the iconic trumpeter, bandleader and composer.  Davis has filled out the card in blue ink ""Miles Davis, 881 10th Avenue, New York. OX7-7744." Dated 5/58.  Mild toning throughout, light wear to corners, else fine.  5 x 3 inches (12.7 x 7.6 cm.). From the collection of the late Beverly Bentley. An accomplished stage, screen and television actress, Ms. Bentley had a nearly decade-long relationship with Miles Davis (1956-1963) which ended when she married Norman Mailer.

Cinema 16 was a New York City-based film society founded by Amos Vogel. From 1947 until 1963, he and his wife Marcia ran the most successful and influential membership film society in North American history, at its height boasting 7000 members. The movies shown at Cinema 16 consisted mostly of the experimental film that began flourishing after World War II, as well as nonfiction films. (20227)