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Theatrical screenings in our auditorium have been suspended indefinitely. But various new releases and restored classics can be watched online while our theater is closed. See our “Virtual Cinema” page for current offerings. Viewing any of these movies using our custom URLs supports the Cinematheque!

The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque is one of the country’s best repertory movie theaters, according to The New York Times. Founded in 1986, the alternative film theater shows classic, foreign, and independent films 50 weekends of the year. Screenings take place in CIA's state-of-the-art Peter B. Lewis Theater, which opened in 2015 and features a 36-foot-wide screen, 4K digital and 35mm film projection, and Dolby Digital 7.1 sound. 

Everything the Cinematheque shows is a Cleveland exclusive at the time of its showing, and most films show theatrically no place else in the region. The Cinematheque is open to the general public but offers discounted tickets to all CIA students and those age 25 and under. It contributes to the richness of the college’s public programming in the arts.

Interior view of the Peter B. Lewis Theater

Our Films

Find out what’s showing (and streaming) at the Cinematheque on the Film Schedule page. (Our current online offerings are listed on our Virtual Cinema page.) Or see film trailers, analysis, and more at the Cinematheque Blog. To find a specific movie quickly, click on the magnifying glass above and enter the film title to search.

Admission Prices 

Theatrical showings are currently suspended; however, various new releases and restored classics can be watched online in our Virtual Cinema while our theater is closed for the pandemic. Prices below are for theatrical screenings. The price of "virtual cinema" offerings varies (see individual listings), and regrettably, there are no member discounts.

Single Film

General Admission: $10
Member: $7 (includes CIA & CSU I.D. holders)
Age 25 & under: $7 (proof of age required)
Additional film on the same day: $7 or the member price for that film

The Cinematheque accepts Visa, MasterCard, and Discover as well as cash and checks. Tickets are sold at the door and in advance on this website; consult listings for individual films. Special events cost more. Sellouts are rare.

Membership Information

You can support independent cinema while saving at least $3 off regular admission prices for one full year when you become a member.

Donate to the Cinematheque

To make an online donation to the Cinematheque, click on the link and choose “Cinematheque” from the drop-down menu. 


at the Cleveland Institute of Art
11610 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

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