Cinema

Block's in house 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. The Block's cinema is sponsored in part by a generous gift from James B. Pick and Rosalyn M. Laudati.

Doors open thirty minutes prior to showtime. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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



Current Series

A Time for Drunken Horses

Life on the Border: The Cinema of Bahman Ghobadi

5/23-25/18

The Middle East and North African Studies Program & Block Cinema present a series of screenings & discussions with one of Iran’s leading filmmakers, Bahman Ghobadi. This program was made possible by the Iranian American Fund for Cultural Programming.

A Perfect Image?

Hank Willis Thomas: Different Image

4/13-5/31/18

The subversions of commercial imagery in Hank Willis Thomas’s Unbranded series serve as a launching pad for this cinema series featuring films that explore and dismantle socially-imposed images and identities of race, class, gender and sexuality. The series’s title comes from Alile Sharon Larkin’s singular, underseen 1982 film A Different Image, in which a young Black woman confronts sexual objectification in both her environment and in her relationships with friends and coworkers. A mixture of mainstream, independent and experimental cinema, the films in this series share strategies for creating disobedient, self-determined representations.

NU Docs

NU Docs

6/13-6/15/18
Northwestern University’s MFA in Documentary Media program is proud to present thesis films produced by its third graduating class. Please join us to watch a great selection of new short documentaries, hybrid films, and even an interactive project.  Stay after the show to engage in dialogue with the filmmakers and celebrate their accomplishments.
Block's in house 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.