Art House Theater Day celebrates the art house theater and the cultural role it plays in a community. It is a day to recognize the year-round contributions of film and filmmakers, patrons, projectionists, and staff, and the brick and mortar theaters that are passionately dedicated to providing access to the best cinematic experience.

News & Announcements

2016 Art House Theater Day in Photos Thanks to the 200 theaters and 60,000 attendees who helped us celebrate on September 24, 2016!

Official Art House Theater Day Poster Thanks to Kyle T. Webster for his beautiful poster design. Follow Kyle on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Time Bandits and Phantasm: Remastered to play in cinemas on Art House Theater Day EW can exclusively reveal that a 2K restoration of Terry Gilliam’s family-friendly fantasy-adventure Time Bandits and filmmaker Don Coscarelli’s horror film Phantasm: Remastered will both play in cinemas as part of the inaugural Art House Theater Day, which takes place Sept. 24.
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First Art House Theater Day Announced for September 24, 2016 The Art House Convergence, an international consortium of independent, community-based, mission-driven movie theaters, is pleased to announce the first Art House Theater Day, taking place on Saturday, September 24, 2016. Over 160 theaters will participate in this nationwide celebration of the cultural and community growth that art house theaters promote.
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Jason Reitman on Film as a Collective Experience
Filmmaker Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air) discusses the communal experience of watching film in a theater. Join Jason and art house theaters all over the country in celebrating Art House Theater Day on September 24, 2016.

A LETTER BY GARY MEYER Do you remember your first Art Film Experience?
Mine was an accident. I was about eleven years old. Our family was in San Francisco and it was my turn to decide what we would do that evening. I loved movies and was an amateur magician. The decision was easy when I looked at the movie guide in the San Francisco Chronicle. A film called The Magician was playing at the Esquire Theatre on a double bill with something named Wild Strawberries.
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For director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, Rachel Getting Married), Art House Theater Day is a dream come true. Find out why in this short clip! Follow Art House Theater Day on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to receive more announcements!

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