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I’ve seen the theater’s film schedules hanging on Ursuline’s corkboards all three years I’ve attended Ursuline College. I’ve even leafed through it to check out what foreign films I could catch on a lazy day. But, I’ve never actually made it to the Cinematheque just recently. Let me tell you, I was missing out!
Located inside the Cleveland Institute of Art, The Cinematheque is a 616-seat theater showing everything from experimental films like Scorpio Rising to Ninotchka, a revived classic. Most films are shown in their original format – off 16 and 35 mm film.
I was actually able to explore the projection booth while Tom, the man in charge of running the film, prepared for the next movie. Talk about a cool experience; actually seeing a show start by counting down 5-4-3-2-1 took me back to what it must have been like before DVDs and Internet streaming. Tom used to run film back in the day at Brush High School, where students could pay a nickel to view 20-minute movie segments during lunch.
The Cinematheque – Behind The Screen from Ursuline College on Vimeo.
Here’s an interesting tidbit – Charles Brush (yes, the namesake of Brush High School) refined the arc light, creating an effective lighting system that enabled us to have film projection and high energy light sources. How about that for Cleveland born!
John Ewing started up The Cinematheque 27 years ago. You can still see him running the show each night. He personally picks each movie shown throughout the week. I’m pretty happy with his wide variety of films that you probably wouldn’t see at Regal or Cinemark. I watched a brilliantly directed film featuring actors like James Franco and Amanda Seyfried (who starred in Mean Girls, Red Riding Hood and Mama Mia).
Admission is only $6.00 for those 25 and under. There’s free parking available and even free movie posters when you first enter the actual theater. There’s definitely no reason not to check out the Cinematheque during down time in the week or on the weekends.
Just so you know, they only accept cash or check!