About CC

Fort Wayne Cinema Center, Inc. is a nonprofit organization serving northeast Indiana.

MISSION: Cinema Center, Fort Wayne’s center for film, provides unique opportunities to explore our world through the art of film.

VISION: Cinema Center is the premier cultural center for the presentation of independent, foreign and documentary films in Northeast Indiana. Through special programming, outreach and education programs, Cinema Center provides a hub for filmmakers and film lovers to share and discuss the craft.  We strive to engage our community with programming that stimulates, expands thought, inspires the spirit, promotes discussion and fosters empathy through artistic and cultural experiences.


Our History

Cinema Center was founded in 1976 by a dedicated group of film enthusiasts after The Spectator Theater, Fort Wayne's last art and specialty movie house (located on The Landing), lost its lease. Our first film was "The Big Sleep," the great film noir classic directed by Howard Hawks, a Hoosier born just down the road in Goshen, Indiana. The film was shown in the Fort Wayne Art School auditorium in West Central on September 11, 1976.

During its first 15 years, Cinema Center was an itinerant organization, finding homes as needed. After the Art School, movies were shown at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, the Allen County Public Library, One Summit Square, and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

In 1991, with the generous support of Arts United, the Foellinger Foundation, the Lincoln Foundation and many other organizations and individuals, Cinema Center found a home of its own in the Hall Community Arts Center at 437 E. Berry St. A permanent home allowed us to grow into a 126 theater, boasting bright, crisp digital projection and Dolby digital sound.

Today, after more than 40 years of great films and community service, we are more passionate than ever about the joyous, transformative powers of film. Cinema Center is still community owned and locally programmed, and we remain the only theater in Fort Wayne dedicated to showcasing film as an art form. For more information, e-mail us at movies@cinemacenter.org.

 


LOCATION

437 E. BERRY ST.
FORT WAYNE, IN 46802

TICKET INFO

$10 General Admission
$8.50 Seniors / Students
$6 CC Members
$5 Senior CC Members

MATINEE PRICES
(weekdays before 5 PM):
$8 General Admission
$6.50 Seniors / Students
$4 CC Members
$3 Senior CC Members

Cinema Center accepts
credit card, cash or
checks for tickets
and concessions.

 
 
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Our People


Staff

The Executive Director works closely with both the staff and the board to oversee the direction of Cinema Center. The Cinema Center staff is responsible for the day-to-day management of the theater.

Interim Executive Director: Art Herbig

Director of Office Administration:
Tammara Cornett

Manager of Operations & Guest Services: Jack Ellsworth

Box Office Manager: Alan Gick

Guest Services Staff: Cindy Douglas, Andrew Frieden, Caleb Meyer

Board

The Board of Directors governs Cinema Center. Board members share an interest in film but are diverse with regard to age, religion, concerns, and interests. The Board is responsible for determining the priorities and policies of Cinema Center.

President: Geoff Gephart
Vice President: Derek Devine
Secretary: Bessie Makris
Kathy Bock
Beth Heironimus
Art Herbig
David Lupke
Craig Nix
Ed Strubel
Christine Taylor


 
 
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Rental Spaces

 

Currently located on the Arts United Campus at 437 E. Berry, Cinema Center found a home of its own in the Hall Community Arts Center at 437 E. Berry St. A permanent home allowed us to grow into a 126 theater, boasting bright, crisp digital projection and Dolby digital sound.

 

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The Theater

Our theater seats 126 people with a digital projector. Available for private film screenings or events. ($500 for 3 hours)


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Spectator Lounge

The newly renovated Spectator’s Lounge is our secondary screening area. Available for private film screenings or events. ($150 first hour, $75 each additional — 2 hour minimum)


 
 
 
 

Space Rental Inquiries

We'd love to host your event! Please fill in the form and a staff member will be in touch within 3 business days.

 
 
 
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