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


A Magnificent Obsession: Henri Langlois and the Cinémathèque Française


2014 marks the centennial of Henri Langlois, one of the most important figures in the history of cinema. Langlois was a co-founder, director and curator of the Cinémathèque Française, one of the world’s most important and celebrated film archives. Throughout Langlois’ 40-year career, he was responsible for saving countless films, whether from destruction by the Nazis or from decay due to indifference and neglect. Langlois was brilliant, charming, eccentric, obsessive, and at times difficult, but always passionate about the art of cinema. Block Cinema will pay homage to Langlois through an eclectic selection of works showcasing many of the films and filmmakers he championed.

New Film Added!

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Fantastic Voyages


This fall the Block Museum’s main gallery will showcase the work of Kenyan-born artist Wangechi Mutu, whose work explores the intersections of gender, the environment, colonialism, the black female body, and science fiction, to name a few. To coincide with the exhibition Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey, Block Cinema will screen two 1970s films that touch upon some of these themes including the Afrofuturist classic, Space is the Place, starring the inimitable Sun Ra, and Fantastic Planet, an animated cult film set in a terrifying future world.  Fantastic Planet inspired Mutu’s first video piece, The End of eating Everything which features musician Santigold.


Special Programs

In October Block Cinema will present several special film events, including a visit from renowned British experimental filmmaker, John Smith who will appear in person to screen and discuss his work. We’ll also present a screening of the acclaimed new documentary, In Country, about Vietnam War reenactors, with co-director Mike Attie in person. The series opens with an archival print of the rarely seen independent film, Julius Caesar (1950) starring a young Charlton Heston and shot in and around Chicago and Evanston!


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

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.