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Block Cinema

Block Cinema screens classic and contemporary films and is dedicated to providing the Northwestern campus, the North Shore and Chicago with a quality venue for cinema. Block Cinema is sponsored in part by a generous gift from James B. Pick and Rosalyn M. Laudati.


Current Series

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Lay of the Land: New Documentaries


Our focus on new documentaries returns this winter with a diverse selection of recent films that shine a light on contemporary issues from the environment to homelessness, the economy, and more. The theme that unites the films in this series is the idea of land and place, whether it’s the search for home, work, or community; the fight to preserve the environment and natural landscapes; and the dilemmas faced by communities overtaken by outsiders, whether jobseekers, corporations seeking to exploit natural resources, or even those looking for a respite from the rest of world (or the end of the world as we know it).

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Framing the Himalayas: Kashmir and Tibet on Screen


This winter Block Cinema presents a film series linked to the exhibit Collecting Culture: Himalaya through the Lens, which looks at European and American representations of Kashmir and the Himalayas, and the exhibit Collecting Paradise: Buddhist Art of Kashmir and its Legacies, an original and innovative look at Buddhist art from the region of Kashmir, as well as ways it has been “collected.” The companion film series includes classic and recent films that are set in the same region, both real and imagined.


Special Programs


This winter Block Cinema presents an eclectic assortment of one-night screenings including two recent documentaries (Through a Lens Darkly and The Stuart Hall Project) that investigate representations of race, colonialism, and cultural theory, respectively. Also screening is the acclaimed new French film, Girlhood, about a black teen coming of age in Paris. We also welcome two special guests, 3-D scholar Kristen Whissel who will discuss the format in the classic film,  Creature from the Black Lagoon, and finally, we welcome a leading light in Greek cinema's renaissance, filmmaker Athina Rachel Tsangari (Attenberg) who will appear in person to present two of her most recent short works.

Sneak Preview


The Block Museum is pleased to present a sneak preview of Saving Mes Aynak, the new documentary by Northwestern Assistant Professor Brent Huffman. The film follows an Afghan archaeologist as he races against time to save a 5,000-year-old archaeological site in Afghanistan from imminent demolition by a Chinese state-owned mining company.

Sneak Preview courtesy of Kartemquin Films.


Unless otherwise noted:

  • $4.00 for Block members; University faculty, staff and students with valid WildCARD; students from other schools with valid college/university ID; seniors 60 and older
  • $6.00 for the general public
  • $20.00 for a quarterly pass

Doors open one hour prior to showtime and space is limited. Please arrive early to purchase your tickets.

Block Cinema films are screened in the Block Museum’s Pick-Laudati Auditorium. See Directions and Parking for information on how to get to the Musuem. Parking is free in the lot south of the Block after 4 p.m. weekdays and all day on weekends.