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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.

Block Cinema will be returning to the screen in late September 2016 with programs including an extensive series of Iranian films related to the Salaam Cinema! 50 Years of Iranian Movie Posters exhibition, two screenings with Northwestern alumni Fred Williamson in person, the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation, and a recently-restored short film featuring Hairy Who artist Karl Wirsum (with Wirsum and other special guests in person).

Current Series


Keep the Shadow



Exploiting Who? Fred Williamson’s Revolutionary Heroes in 1970s Blaxploitation Film

10/13-10/14/2016 FREE
Join us for this celebration of the many talents of Northwestern University alumnus Fred Williamson, professional football player-turned-actor/filmmaker.
Summer of Goliath

Summer of Goliath with Nicolás Pereda in person

10/28/16 7PM FREE for NU students

Karl Wirsum (1973) with Wirsum in person

11/4/16 7PM FREE
Suzanne Simpson’s little-known 1973 film Karl Wirsum peeks into the sun-dappled California studio of a young artist as he embarks on an extraordinary career. Artist and filmmaker in person.

Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation 2016

The Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation returns to the Block Cinema for its seventh annual festival. Showcasing abstract animation and unconventional character animation, Eyeworks combines a love for animation, avant-garde cinema, and alternative comics. The 2016 Eyeworks screenings at the Block will feature two programs of short films, with classic and contemporary films programmed side-by-side. In addition, this year the festival will include Habfürdő, a dazzling 1979 Hungarian feature by by György Kovásznay.


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.