The Block Museum'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.

Screenings are free. 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


Security Sound and Vision: Tony Cokes

Block Cinema welcomes acclaimed video artist Tony Cokes for a screening and discussion. Since the late 1980s, Cokes’s work has addressed questions of security by questioning state-imposed forms of visibility, with a particular emphasis on marginalized communities and media technologies in the post-9/11 “War on Terror.”

Migrating Berlin: Multinational Perspectives on Germany’s Years of Reunification


Timed with the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, Northwestern doctoral candidates Evelyn Kreutzer and Esra Cimencioglu have curated a series of stylistically diverse films that promise to shed new light on this crucial moment in European history. Migrating Berlin reveals fascinating “micro-histories” that unsettle established East/West narratives about this period of cultural and architectural transformation.

Soleil O

Personal Passages: African Filmmakers in Europe

This film series responds to the concurrent Block exhibitions Caravans of Gold and Isaac Julien: The Leopard (Western Union Small Boats)by illuminating 20th and 21st century migrant experiences across the Mediterranean. The films in this series, made by Tunisian, Mauritanian and Malian emigré filmmakers, all provide more intimate perspectives on these experiences of displacement and diaspora.
Crime + Punishment

New Docs

Two brand new documentaries with filmmakers in person.

Reproductive Systems: Gender, Power and Society

Block Cinema continues its year-long series of programs inspired by One Book One Northwestern’s 2018-2019 selection, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, with a selection of films that engage the theme of reproduction.
Mouth Harp

Mouth Harp in Minor Key: Hamid Naficy on/in Exile

A new documentary about Iranian film scholar and Northwestern Professor Hamid Naficy's life and experience living in exile.
What TIme is it There?

What Time Is It There?

Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-Liang’s masterful, melancholy ode to missed connections in the age of globalization.
Princess Cyd

Made in Chicago

Most movie-goers are familiar with the blockbuster films that use Chicago for a backdrop to action sequences, but they are less aware of the independent film production that happens here every year. Made in Chicago is a year-long program showcasing the film production that happens in our backyard. Filmmakers in person.
Young Soul Rebels

Young Soul Rebels

The riotous debut feature film from internationally acclaimed artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien.