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.

About Art House Theater Day

Art House Theater Day celebrates the legacy of independent theaters as advocates for cinema arts. In an age where media has become more digital than tangible, more solitary than social, art house theaters remain the physical spaces where film lovers congregate and connect with intrepid, creative filmmaking. They are the beating heart for new and exciting cinema that is shaping the future of the medium.

In recent decades, a colorful constellation of art houses has emerged across the globe. This art house movement has nurtured a flourishing ecosystem of adventurous audiences, independent productions, and an incredible diversity of original filmmaking. Art House Theater Day is a worldwide celebration in honor of this movement, a day to celebrate cinemas that stand the test of time and the tremendous film culture that art house theaters promote.


Every theater is unique, and the Art House Theater Day celebrations will reflect that. But one invariable is that every event will be special. Several film distributors are offering exclusive programs that you will only be able to see on Art House Theater Day at participating theaters (keep an eye on our news feed for announcements).

Participants will also have special film ephemera and other exclusive items to giveaway. Add to that your own locality’s unique filmmaker visits, live music and parties, and there is an abundance of festivities to look forward to on September 24!

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors