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Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque (Peter B. Lewis Theater)

The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque is one of the country’s best repertory movie theaters, according to The New York Times. Founded in 1986, the alternative film theater shows classic, foreign, and independent films 50 weekends of the year. Screenings take place in CIA's state-of-the-art Peter B. Lewis Theater, which opened in 2015 and features a 36-foot-wide screen, 4K digital and 35mm film projection, and Dolby Digital 7.1 sound.

Everything the Cinematheque shows is a Cleveland exclusive at the time of its showing, and most films show theatrically no place else in the region. The Cinematheque is open to the general public but offers discounted tickets to all CIA students and those age 25 and under. It contributes to the richness of the college’s public programming in the arts.


Prices below are for theatrical screenings. Selected new releases and restored classics can also be watched online in our Virtual Cinema. The price of "virtual cinema" offerings varies (see individual listings), and regrettably, there are no member discounts. Tickets for in-person screenings are sold at the door on show nights and in advance online.

Single Film:

  • General Admission: $11 (unless noted)
  • Member: $8 (unless noted; includes CIA & CSU ID holders)
  • Age 25 & under: $8 (unless noted; proof of age required)
  • Additional film on the same day: $8 or the member price for that film


CIA's campus has three lots. Two of the lots (Lot 73 and the annex lot) are available to Cinematheque patrons, and both are accessed from E. 117th Street, south of Euclid Avenue. Cinematheque patrons should try to park in Lot 73, located in the rear of the complex. It’s the closest lot to CIA building Entrance C. But if Lot 73 is full, there is ample additional parking available in the annex lot on the other side of E. 117th Street. Those who park in the annex lot should also use Entrance C (off Lot 73) to enter the building. Parking is free and monitored by security guards.

Our facilities are fully accessible to the physically challenged. Guests with physical challenges may find it easier to be dropped off at Entrance E, on the east side of our building, off E116th Street, but that entrance will be closed temporarily during summer 2021.

View the film schedule


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