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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

Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

Karen Black: Actor for a New Hollywood


Block Cinema is proud to present two films featuring Northwestern University alumnus, Karen Black, in celebration of the recent donation of her papers and memorabilia to the University Archives. Karen Black starred in films made by some of the greatest directors of the 20th century, won two Golden Globes for acting, and co-starred with an overwhelming list of legendary actors.

La Promesse

Geof Oppenheimer: Big Boss and the Ecstasy of Pressures


In conjunction with the Block Museum’s fall exhibition Geof Oppenheimer: Big Boss and the Ecstasy of Pressures, Chicago-based artist Geof Oppenheimer has programmed a series of four films. Each grapples with the slickness of capitalism: through paranoia and suspense (The Conversation), black comedy (The Boss of It All), social realism (La Promesse), and the psychology of mass culture (The Dark Knight).

FIlm #17: Mirror Animations Extended

Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation


Founded in 2010, the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation is an invitational festival focused on abstract animation and unconventional character animation. Concentrating on films made by individual artists, Eyeworks celebrates the enormous potential of the art of animation. This year’s festival features a historical tribute to Cecile Starr and Robert Russett’s influential book Experimental Animation (1976), a screening with visiting artist Takeshi Murata, and two programs of curated shorts from around the world.

MarĂ­a Candelaria

Tribute to Gabriel Figueroa


From the early 1930s through the 1980s, cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa (1907–1997) was instrumental in forging an evocative and enduring image of Mexico. Figueroa worked with leading directors from Mexico, the United States and Europe, traversing a wide variety of genres while maintaining his distinctive and vivid visual style. His precise attention to framing, dramatic use of light and shadow, and signature deep focus compositions are the work of a truly exceptional artist.


Unless otherwise noted:

  • $4.00 for Northwestern 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 thirty minutes prior to showtime. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 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.