Art House Theater Day - September 24, 2016





Art House Theater Day celebrates the legacy of independent theaters as advocates for cinema arts. In an age where media has become more digital than tangible, more solitary than social, art house theaters remain the physical spaces where film lovers congregate and connect with intrepid, creative filmmaking. They are the beating heart for new and exciting cinema that is shaping the future of the medium.


In recent decades, a colorful constellation of art houses has emerged across the globe. This art house movement has nurtured a flourishing ecosystem of adventurous audiences, independent productions, and an incredible diversity of original filmmaking. Art House Theater Day is a worldwide celebration in honor of this movement, a day to celebrate cinemas that stand the test of time and the tremendous film culture that art house theaters promote.




Every theater is unique, and the Art House Theater Day celebrations will reflect that. But one invariable is that every event will be special. Several film distributors are offering exclusive programs that you will only be able to see on Art House Theater Day at participating theaters (keep an eye on our news feed for announcements).


Participants will also have special film ephemera and other exclusive items to giveaway. Add to that your own locality’s unique filmmaker visits, live music and parties, and there is an abundance of festivities to look forward to on September 24!


Cinema Center Line Up For Art House Theater Day:

11:00am A Town Called Panic

12:45pm My Blind Brother

2:45pm My Blind Brother

7:00pm Sound & Shadow (METROPOLIS w/ Metavari)

10:00pm Phantasm

Sound & Shadow Silent Film Series


Saturday, September 24th @ 7:00pm

Join us for our silent film series where we couple classic silent films with local artists performing live soundtracks! 


Our first silent film in the series is Metropolis, with live music by Metavari!


Metavari is the moniker of Indiana-based electronic musician, Nathaniel David Utesch. Metavari's music is the intersection of nostalgic electronics, ambient soundscapes and off-kilter pop music. As described by Nathaniel, "My dream is that this all plays out like some sort of midnight joyride in one of those semi-functional, Ferrari look-alike stunt cars from Miami Vice; Edgar from Tangerine Dream at the wheel, David Lynch rummaging the glove compartment for matches and Phil Collins bound in the trunk."


Metavari was initially conceived as a post-rock oriented full band, which lasted from 2008-2012. Nathaniel brought the project back to life in 2015, self-releasing his solo debut, Moonless, in America and on Friend of Mine Records in Japan. Live shows are often accompanied by the bassist from Metavari's full band iteration, Ty Brinneman.


Nathaniel's sophomore effort as Metavari is titled, Symmetri, and is expected to be available in 2017. An extended version of the record is being produced parallel to the work on Symmetri and doubles as an alternate score to Fritz Lang's Metropolis. September 2016, Metavari is performing the score in its entirety alongside Metropolis for National Art House Theater Day.


Ticket Pricing:

$15/General Admission

$10/Member Pricing


Purchase tickets online HERE


Upcoming Sound & Shadows:

October 28th @ 7:00pm: HAXEN with music from Christine Taylor and Andrea Atwood of Lost Lakes

November 11th @ 7:00pm: MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA with music from the Hope Arthur Orchestra

Manhattan Shorts

Saturday, October 1st @ 7:00pm


Audiences in over 250 Cities Spanning 6 Continents Unite for One Week for One Purpose . . . to Judge the 10 Finalists in the 19th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival.

Filmgoers in Fort Wayne will unite with audiences in over 250 cities spanning six continents to view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers from around the world when the 19th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival screens at Cinema Center!


The 10 MANHATTAN SHORT finalists hail from eight countries, with France and Australia represented by two films each. These Final 10 short films represent the best among a record 844 submissions from 52 countries received by Manhattan Short for 2016, testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of the short film genre. In addition, for the first time, all of the Final 10 short films are Oscar-qualified, meaning they are automatically eligible for an Academy Award nomination.

The Coffee Man 

Thursday, October 6th 7:00pm-9:00pm

The Coffee Man follows Sasa from Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee to Seattle, Washington (USA), the home of the specialty coffee movement and host of the World Barista Championship.

From humble beginnings in war-torn Yugoslavia to his adopted home in Australia, Sasa Sestic’s journey to the 2015 World Barista Championships is a long one. But his dedication and pursuit of excellence carries him through as do his family, his staff, coffee growers and roasters and the vendors who travel with him on this remarkable journey. 

The Coffee Man is an intensely personal, observational documentary that will have you biting your nails, standing up and cheering; and wishing that you, too, could experience Sasa’s Holy Grail: the perfect cup of coffee.


There will be an espresso machine demostration by Fort Wayne based espresso machine and brewing system company, Modbar. With complimentary coffee and latte provided by Conjure Coffee and roasted by Counter Culture Coffee, while supply last.


Ticket Pricing:

$10/General Admission

$8/Member Pricing


Purchase tickets online HERE

Surprise Cinema

Thursday, October 13th 6:00pm-10:00pm @ Guldlin Park 

Every piece of information you receive will be a clue as to what movie will be presented that evening. Can you figure it out? Join us for an experience you will never forget!


Join Riverfront Fort Wayne and Cinema Center for a one-of-a-kind immersive movie experience. Surprise Cinema allows you as an audience member the chance to experience a favorite movie first hand. Participate in your favorite scenes, follow your favorite characters from the movie or create your own storyline! Join other movie lovers and experience the unknown. With the purchase of your ticket, you will be informed when and where to arrive, and what your attire should be for the evening.


This experience is rated PG-13 for Sexual Content and some Mature Thematic Elements. $15 per person.


Purchase tickets HERE

Guldlin Park location:






Film Club – Free, Members Exclusive Screenings


Now there is another great benefit of belonging to the area’s only community-supported, independently programmed, art house movie theater.  We are proud to introduce Cinema Center Film Club! On the fourth Sunday of every month, Cinema Center will have a special members only screening of one of our great, full-run films! The best part? This screening is absolutely FREE to all members who attend! You don’t need to do anything additional to be part of the Film Club, just be a current member. Preceding each Film Club showing will be a Members Only Mixer in the Spectator Lounge, where our great community of cinephiles can come together, have a drink from Cinema Center’s excellent selection of beer and wine and discuss all things movies with one another, as well as Cinema Center’s fun and knowledgeable staff.


Have a friend who isn't a Member yet? Bring them along and they can enjoy the screening at Member pricing! 





NSFW is the stuff you weren’t supposed to watch as a kid. It’s the stuff you heard someone describe and it sounded so absurd it couldn’t possibly be real. It’s the place where you can see Rowdy Roddy Piper one night and Jack Nicholson the next. Where people in the high-brow got their start in the low-brow. It’s Black & White, Smell-o-Vision, Red, Green, or Purple Tinted, and Technicolor. From Italy, Korea, the UK, North America, Japan. Dubbed, Subtitled, or Barely Audible. This is the Summit City’s showcase of thrillers, horror-shows, comedies, sci-fi head trips, the overshadowed flicks from burgeoning film titans, and the triumphs of the auteurs of sleaze. Welcome to, “Not Safe Fort Wayne”, bringing new and old cult classics to the three rivers!



Subtitled Sundays


In an effort to make our programming accessible to all audiences, Cinema Center is excited and proud to launch Subtitled Sundays! On the third Sunday of every month, Cinema Center will screen one of our regularly scheduled, full-run films with the captioning enabled. Not only will this benefit the deaf and hard of hearing, but it will help anyone who sometimes has a little trouble discerning dialogue when multiple characters speak, or who miss what is said in very quiet moments.

Past and Annual Events
Each year, more than 50 local artists donate one-of-a-kind hanging art pieces to this fun, festive silent auction. A perennial favorite with the art crowd and holiday shoppers alike. 

Braineaters’ Ball
A part of Downtown Fright Night, the Braineater’s Ball is a spookifying mix of movies, music, dancing, macabre art, a costume contest, and yummy food for the undead. Admission is free.

Oscar Party
Our annual salute to the Oscars! This popular party features a silent auction, live music, Oscar balloting, an Oscar trivia contest with prizes, great food and libations, and the screening of an Oscar-nominated film.

Spinal Tap Party
Nigel Tufnel Day on 11.11.11 was the occasion for this rockin’, one-time-only party. Cinema Center turned it up to 11 with beer, wine and tiny bread, as Christopher Guest fans turned out for a screening of the hilarious cult classic “This Is Spinal Tap.”
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