The 23 theaters selected for the Sundance Institute Art House Project applied for this recognition and were found to meet high standards including: quality programming, deep involvement with their local communities, strong financial standing, and recognition from their peers and their communities. The program is a unique opportunity for theaters interested in further engaging with the Art House Convergence and Sundance Institute.

In creating this benchmark of excellence, the Art House Convergence and Sundance Institute can continue to build the foundation of a rapidly growing movement of community-based, mission-driven independent theaters.

a/perture cinema

a/perture cinema

Winston-Salem, NC

a/perture cinema enriches the community of Winston-Salem, NC through the art of film. With both narrative and documentary film, a/perture showcases educational, thought-provoking and inspiring films. a/perture strives to celebrate and promote the diversity in our community and the artistic heritage that abounds in the City of Arts & Innovation. For the past six years, we have also been a key venue for the RiverRun International Film Festival, hosting over 70 films and events each year.

Amherst Cinema

Amherst Cinema

Amherst, MA

Amherst Cinema is an independent, nonprofit arts and education center brimming with world class programs – thanks to support from our patrons, Members and donors! Our comfortable, fully accessible theater offers state-of-the-art projection and sound and is a welcoming crossroads for all. We present over 200 films a year on four screens in more than 20 languages, plus a stunning array of plays, dance and music performances in HD from internationally known artists and companies.

Art Theater Co-Op

Art Theater Co-Op

Champaign, IL

The Art Theater Co-op, currently housed in a 101-year-old movie theater in the heart of downtown Champaign, IL, is guided by its mission of “building community by preserving and promoting a space for the shared cinema experience. A community-driven organization, the Art Theater Co-op is a vibrant & welcoming space where audiences new & old can enjoy a classic cinema experience. Our mission is to cultivate engaged audiences for art house, independent, and foreign films.

Belcourt Theatre

Belcourt Theatre

Nashville, TN

The Belcourt Theatre is a unique Nashville treasure with a vibrant historic past and deep roots in the community. It is dedicated to presenting the best of independent, documentary, world, repertory and classic cinema. The Belcourt provides opportunities for people of all ages to discover, explore and learn through the power of film. At the same time, we work with community partners throughout Nashville to bring inspiring films to children and young people with our Mobile Movie Theatre.

Cable Car Cinema

Cable Car Cinema

Providence, RI

The Cable Car Cinema and Cafe is a single screen operating for almost forty years showcasing the best independent and art­house films available. Housed in a former garage across the street from the Rhode Island School of Design it has been known as “the theater with the couches”. The Cable Car has been recognized by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly and Yankee Magazine among other publications for its dedication and commitment to film as art.

Center for Contemporary Arts Cinematheque

Center for Contemporary Arts Cinematheque

Santa Fe, NM

Since 1982, the CCA Cinematheque has celebrated the movies in their many forms, using films and videos to deepen our appreciation of the art of cinema, to provide a thought-provoking gathering place for Santa Fe audiences and broaden our understanding about the crucial issues of the day. The Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA), an arts and culture hub for northern New Mexico's diverse communities, draws more than 60,000 visitors annually for exhibitions, independent films, performances, and education/public programs.

Coral Gables Art Cinema

Coral Gables Art Cinema

Coral Gables, FL

The Coral Gables Art Cinema is a state-of-the-art theater that opened in October of 2010 and is one of the best, most comfortable and highest grossing art houses in South Florida, presenting first-run and regional premieres of quality American independent and international features, both fiction and documentary, in addition to classic films, special programs and film festival events, which speak to the multilingual and multicultural diversity of the region.

Enzian Theater

Enzian Theater

Orlando, FL

Enzian is Central Florida’s only full-time alternative cinema and home of Eden Bar and the Florida Film Festival. It is a member supported, non-profit cultural organization and all proceeds from membership fees, ticket sales, and food and beverage go toward supporting its mission. Enzian is a single-screen cinema café offering mostly independent & foreign films with two unique dining options and a variety of special programming.

Film Streams

Film Streams

Omaha, NE

Film Streams is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the cultural environment of the Omaha-Council Bluffs area through the presentation and discussion of film as an art form. As a nonprofit committed to screening films based on their creative, artistic, and social merits, Film Streams depends on the support of our membership program, individual donors, grants from foundations, corporations and government organizations, and community volunteers.

Gateway Film Center

Gateway Film Center

Columbus, OH

Every week Gateway Film Center invites you to be a part of our maverick mix of movies: a unique lineup of the world's best blockbusters, indies, docs and locally-grown films, presented together in one modern, thriving film center. Enjoy a craft beer tasting in The Torpedo Room, our undersea bar and galley. See a film festival-style series. Join a conversation with an up-and-coming filmmaker. Or just come over and watch a GFC Exclusive with us, and talk about it afterward.

The Grand Cinema

The Grand Cinema

Tacoma, WA

The Grand Cinema is the South Sound’s non-profit home for independent, foreign and local film. The Grand Cinema enriches lives and enhances the cultural vitality of the Greater Tacoma community through the art of film. As a non-profit, we are supported by loyal patrons, volunteers, small staff and Board of Directors. The Grand is also the host of the Tacoma Film Festival, Tacoma Film Camp, 253-Second Film Viewing Party and many other unique film programs and special events.

Hollywood Theatre

Hollywood Theatre

Portland, OR

The Hollywood Theatre is still a movie palace, but it’s become much more than that. The Theatre has earned a national reputation for its unique combination of award-winning film programming, innovative educational programs and support and fiscal sponsorship for local filmmakers. Each year we screen nearly 300 of the best films from all over the world. We also provide educational opportunities for over 1,500 young people and support multiple Oregon-based, independent film projects.

Loft Cinema

Loft Cinema

Tucson, AZ

The Loft is a local nonprofit cinema dedicated to creating community through film, honoring the vision of filmmakers, celebrating ideas and promoting the appreciation and understanding of the art of film. The Loft Cinema has been a mission-driven, membership-supported nonprofit arts organization since November 2002. The Loft’s signature events are screenings with filmmaker Q&As, with more than 450 film industry professionals and scholars visiting the theatre to date.

Railroad Square Cinema/Maine Film Center

Railroad Square Cinema/Maine Film Center

Waterville, ME

Railroad Square Cinema is a three-screen, independent, art house cinema owned and operated by the Maine Film Center, a non-profit organization whose mission is to enrich, educate and entertain the community through film and art. From the year-round programming at Railroad Square Cinema to the annual offerings of the Maine International Film Festival, the Maine Film Center is dedicated to exhibiting the best of independent, documentary, repertory, and classic cinema.

Michigan Theater

Michigan Theater

Ann Arbor, MI

Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater combines living history with a singular dedication to the finest film and live entertainment available today. We offer two auditoriums: Historic Theater and the Screening Room. View the theater today after its loving restoration, and learn about its history and about a Michigan treasure: the Barton Theatre Pipe Organ, one of the only theater organs in existence that is still played in its original home on a regular basis.

Music Box Theatre

Music Box Theatre

Chicago, IL

For the last two decades, the Music Box Theatre has been the premiere venue in Chicago for independent and foreign films. It currently has the largest theater space operated full time in the city. The Music Box Theatre is independently owned and operated by the Southport Music Box Corporation. SMBC, through its Music Box Films division, also distributes foreign and independent films in the theatrical, DVD and television markets throughout the United States.

Nickelodeon Theatre

Nickelodeon Theatre

Columbia, SC

The Nick’s programming is comprised of a mix of first run independent films, special curated series, and one-off screenings of films of relevance to our community. As believers in creating engaging film-going experiences, the Nickelodeon often provides opportunities for conversation before and after screenings, pulling together experts and community members as speakers. It is also the presenter of the Indie Grits Film Festival and home to the Helen Hill Media Education Center.

O Cinema

O Cinema

Miami, FL

O Cinema is a cutting-edge, non-profit, independent cinema with THREE locations in the greater Miami area- Wynwood Arts District, Village of Miami Shores & North Beach (Miami Beach). We showcase first-run independent, foreign, art, & family films. Aside from a regular schedule of revolving new works, special programs that speak to the needs and interests of children, families, young adults, and seniors are presented to engage new audiences while remaining true to our artistic vision.

Park City Film Series

Park City Film Series

Park City, UT

Established in 1999, the Park City Film Series is a vital, contributing member of the Summit County arts community. Our vision is to use film as a medium to entertain, inspire and educate our patrons, helping Park City remain a well informed and engaged mountain community; our mission is to create community through film. As a single screen Art House Cinema, the Film Series screens independent, foreign and documentary films each weekend and programs Q&A’s and panel discussions as a means to deepen the community dialogue around the issues raised by the films we show. In addition, we provide opportunities for emerging filmmakers to showcase their work and support area non-profits through film-based fundraisers and free community screenings that help communicate our partner’s missions through film.

Pittsburgh Filmmakers

Pittsburgh Filmmakers

Pittsburgh, PA

PF/PCA is committed to the artist and the advancement of artistic excellence in visual arts –specifically film, digital video, photography, media, and fine and creative arts and crafts; the provision of equipment and facilities for artists; the conduct of instructional programs; and the stimulation of public understanding and awareness through exhibitions, demonstrations, and sales. It is Southwestern Pennsylvania’s leading contemporary arts organization in these areas.

Tampa Theatre

Tampa Theatre

Tampa, FL

A catapult for the imagination since 1926, Tampa Theatre is a symbol of our city’s glorious past and bright future. Tampa Theatre is a passionately protected landmark and one of America’s best-preserved examples of grand movie palace architecture. The mission of the Tampa Theatre is to protect, preserve and program the Theatre as a creative film and cultural center for our community. Tampa Theatre also hosts a number of guest organists each year for concerts and special silent film events.

Texas Theatre

Texas Theatre

Dallas, TX

Oak Cliff’s legendary Texas Theatre was the site of the Lee Harvey Oswald arrest on 11-22-1963. Oswald snuck into the theater’s screening of WAR IS HELL but was noticed by the nearby shoe store manager, John Brewer, who recognized him from a radio broadcast description. He was arrested shortly thereafter. Now operated by Aviation Cinemas, their mission is to revive and continuously upgrade the historic Texas Theatre as a premium destination for movies, music and events, while building an enhanced infrastructure for independent film and continued pursuit of sustainability for exhibition in The North Texas community and beyond.

UWM Union Cinema

UWM Union Cinema

Milwaukee, WI

Since 1972 the Union Cinema has been providing UWM and the local community with a diverse, entertaining, and intellectually engaging film and video program. During the academic year, the Union Cinema offers first-run foreign, domestic, documentary and experimental films, as well as “cinema classics” from all over the world. The Cinema strives to help develop a broader understanding and appreciation of the universal language of film and is a vital and unique venue for film and video.