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

And I Make Short Films

Ministry of Light: Experimental State-Sponsored Films from India, 1968-1975

Films Division, the Indian government organization charged with showcasing the country’s progress and development, rebelled against traditional, dry documentary form in the 1960s and 70s. This series highlights Films Division works which began presenting a more diverse and experimental vision of the country.
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Songs of Innocence and Experience—Visionary Cinema in the 1960s & 70s

Two programs presented in conjunction with the Block Museum’s exhibition William Blake and the Age of Aquarius look at the connections between Blake's work and American experimental film of the late 1960s and early 1970s.
I Am Not Your Negro

New Docs

A film series surveying the contemporary field of professional documentary with filmmakers present for Q&A. Co-presented by Northwestern’s MFA in Documentary Media program.

Nigeria in Self-Conversation: The Films of Femi Odugbemi

In collaboration with the Program of African Studies the Block hosts Lagosian filmmaker and leader of the Nollywood film industry, Femi Odugbemi.
Hans Richter, Filmstudie, 1926

Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation 2017

The Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation returns to the Block Cinema for its eighth annual festival.The 2017 program includes work by Hans Richter, Barbara Hammer, Pat O’Neill, Run Wrake, and more.


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.