The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque has been proclaimed one of the best repertory theatres in the country by no less an authority than The New York Times. Founded in 1986, the Cinematheque houses the 616-seat Russell B. Aitken Auditorium, which screens 35mm movies and has SR stereo-equipment; the 100-seat Ohio Bell Auditorium is calibrated for 16 mm and videotape.
The seats may be a tad uncomfortable, but the Cinematheque’s thoughtful collection of alternative films should more than make up for that minor inconvenience. From series like the “Artists of Silent Screen” to a tribute to Audrey Hepburn’s best work, the theatre strives to not only portray the latest indie, foreign, and documentary films in distribution but to also honor the rare film classics of the past. The theatre is also known for accompanying their stellar film selections with a unique rotation of guest speakers. (CC)
Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque Information
- Public Transportation: Good (a 5-minute walk from RTA buses 9, 38, 48, and the HealthLine at Ford Drive/Euclid Avenue; and a 12-minute walk from the Red Line at the Euclid – East 120th Rapid Station)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Classics, independent fare, foreign films, and documentaries. Post-film panels with actors and directors are sometimes presented
- Ticket Prices: $9 Non-Member; $7 Member; $5 for people age 25 & under. Everyone can buy $5 tickets for an additional film on the same day
- Membership: Cinematheque Membership is $35 ($20 Seniors/Students). Members receive discounted tickets.