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.

Current Series

Jeanne Dielman

The Cinema Of Chantal Akerman: Time, Borders, Politics

Chantal Akerman died in October 2015 at the age of sixty-five, leaving behind a body of work that spans five decades and stands as one of the most significant contributions to modern cinema. Positioned in between fiction and documentary, Akerman’s films give visibility to those people and places that our culture overlooks or relegates to the margins because of gender, race, or age; or simply because they have found themselves on the wrong side of history.
Los Muertos

Los Muertos

4/7/17 7PM FREE

A haunting, quiet film about the physical and psychic journey of a man recently released from prison. Already on the fringes of society, Vargas moves further into the untamed jungle and waterways as he travels to find his adult daughter.

In Person: Lisandro Alonso


Cameraperson with director Kirsten Johnson

5/5/17 6:30PM FREE
A boxing match in Brooklyn; life in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina; the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife; an intimate family moment at home: these scenes and others are woven into Cameraperson, a tapestry of footage captured over the twenty-five-year career of documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson.
The Loving Story

The Loving Story

5/11/17 7PM FREE
In conjunction with the exhibition If You Remember, I’ll Remember, curator Janet Dees will introduce 2010's The Loving Story.
This House is Mine


6/7-6/9/17 7PM FREE
Northwestern University’s MFA in Documentary Media program is proud to present the thesis films of its second graduating class. Please join us to watch a great selection of new short documentaries, engage in dialogue with the filmmakers, and celebrate their accomplishments.


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.

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.