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Cinematheque . Film Schedule . RIOTSVILLE, U.S.A.

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Cleveland premiere!


United States | 2022 | Sierra Pettengill

RIOTSVILLE, U.S.A. film still

“Riotsvilles” were model towns built by the U.S. military during the late 1960s where law enforcement officers could train for controlling the civil unrest of that explosive era. Consisting entirely of period newsreels and other archival footage, this eye-opening new essay film explores how government officials obsessed with “law and order” opted to militarize the police rather than redress the income inequality, institutional racism, and international policies that provoked the riots. “Mesmerizing…Tracks American anti-Black racism through a wealth of disturbing, at times super-freaky 1960s archival footage.” –NY Times. Cleveland premiere. DCP. 91 min.

General admission $11; members, CIA & CSU I.D.holders, and those age 25 & under $8.

Face masks, though always recommended, must be worn by filmgoers only when the CDC’s community risk level for Covid in Cuyahoga County is HIGH. Visit for the current community risk level and see the “Face Coverings” section for our detailed mask requirements.

As a reminder, filmgoers can park for free in Lot 73 and in the Institute's annex lot, and should enter CIA via nearby Entrance C. Click here for a map.

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Thursday 10/6
Friday 10/7
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at the Cleveland Institute of Art
11610 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

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Single Film Admission

General Admission: $11
Member: $8 (includes CIA and CSU I.D. holders)
Age 25 & under: $8 (proof of age required)
Additional film on the same day: $8 (or the member price for that film)
Note: Certain films cost more. Exceptions are noted.

No refunds unless screening is canceled.