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

Rogers Park

Rogers Park


Local filmmaker and Northwestern professor Kyle Henry’s Rogers Park captures the life, diversity, and flavor of the northside Chicago neighborhood in its story of two couples as they attempt to keep their relationships afloat.

The Arboretum Cycle

The Arboretum Cycle


Since the 1960s, experimental filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky has been making a distinctive and stunning body of work. The Arboretum Cycle is comprised of seven of Dorsky’s films, all completed in 2017, and charts “the world of light and plants” over the course of a year.

Mexico: The Frozen Revolution

CompaƱero: The Radical Life and Films of Raymundo Gleyzer

Between 1963 and 1974, Argentinian insurgent filmmaker Raymundo Gleyzer made over a dozen documentaries and one narrative featre film, each one a powerful commentary on Latin American political and social realities. Over two nights, the Block will screen the director’s most radical and enduring films, joined by Juana Sapire, Gleyzer’s collaborator and biographer.
Call Her Ganda

New Docs


Two brand new documentaries with filmmakers in person.

Tender Game

Designers in Film: The Cinematic World of the Goldsholls


This film series complements and extends the Block’s exhibition Up Is Down: Mid-Century Experiments in Advertising and Film at the Goldsholl Studio with five programs of films produced by the Chicago-based Goldsholls, their collaborators, influences, and contemporaries.

Night of the Comet

Women at the End of the World

Inspired by Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, the novel selected for Northwestern’s yearly campus-wide One Book One Northwestern program, this series brings together cinematic visions of dystopia and apocalypse featuring women at their center.
Baghdad in No Particular Order

Baghdad in No Particular Order

In 2002, artist Paul Chan was working as a member of the Iraq Peace Team, formed by the Chicago-based activist group Voices in the Wilderness (now Voices for Creative Nonviolence), which was on the ground in Bagdad to protest the imminent Iraqi war. Chan captures the calm before the storm in this “ambient video essay,” with his focus on the routine work and leisure of the Iraqi people. Among the details that are exotic to western eyes, he reveals a shared humanity, one that is under threat of destruction.
Rear Window

Rear Window

Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller is famous for its depiction of a certain kind of voyeuristic looking, but it also features one of the most fascinating soundtracks in Hollywood history. Seven time-Academy Award-winning sound designer Gary Rydstrom (Saving Private Ryan, Titanic, Jurassic Park, Ready Player One, Toy Story, Finding Nemo) will introduce the film.
Distant Constellation

Distant Constellation


Photographer-turned-filmmaker Shevaun Mizrahi profiles the inhabitants of a retirement home in Istanbul in this intimate documentary, which won major prizes at the Venice and Locarno international film festivals.


Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation


Called "the premier presenter of avant-garde animation from around the world" by Hyperallergic, Eyeworks is a curated festival that showcases abstract animation and unconventional character animation.

The Feeling of Being Watched

The Feeling of Being Watched

A filmmaker digs into tales of surveillance inside her Arab neighborhood in Chicago’s south suburbs and discovers that her hometown was the subject of the largest FBI terrorism investigation conducted before 9/11.