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“Hope is the thing with feathers.”
– Emily Dickinson

“Hope is a verb as much as a virtue. Hope is as much a consequence of your action as it is a source of your action.”
– Cornel West

At the risk of sounding like a Hallmark greeting card, we are both hopeful — and grateful.

  • In April 2021, we reopened our doors. Audiences returned, first with trepidation, then with greater confidence.
  • Film archives around the world are reopening. Once again we have access to rarely seen and newly restored classics for our repertory programming.

Last year, during a perilous time, we received larger contributions than ever before. The generosity of our supporters was a critical component in our reopening.

Please help us continue to recover.
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Thank you.


  • “As winter looms, there are real reasons for optimism. Nearly 70 percent of adults are fully vaccinated. Federal regulators could soon authorize the first antiviral pill for Covid-19.”
    The New York Times (Oct. 15, 2021)
  • Filmmakers are travelling again. We are hosting more in-person events. 


left to right: ballerina Merrill Ashley, filmmaker Connie Hochman & dance historian Jennifer Homans appeared with Hochman’s IN BALANCHINE’S CLASSROOM.


Nigerian filmmaker Arie Esiri appeared with his film EYIMOFE.

  • “There’s a special way things can be sexy, funny and exciting on the big screen, and a particular delight in buying a ticket and sitting through a whole movie, without the option of pausing, skipping ahead or returning to the main menu.”
    – A.O. Scott, The New York Times

On the trail of the elusive snow leopard: THE VELVET QUEEN opens December 22.

A HERO by Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi opens January 7.

THE AUTOMAT opens in early 2022.

  • “In times of mass grief, we need art, with its truths that cut through the banalities of thoughts and prayers. Art is all about reaching for things beyond ourselves…to other people. It’s not just our experiences that shape us, it’s how we make meaning of them, how we frame the traumas we witness, how they so often prompt gratitude for our own relative privilege. Art lends us a frame.”
    – Megan O’Grady, The New York Times

Help us continue to show movies that give meaning to our lives — at a time when we reconsider priorities and give thanks for what continues to nourish us. We all hope for the return of stability and health for everyone.

NINA MAE McKINNEY, Hollywood’s first Black star, is celebrated in November on our repertory screen.

2022 retrospective subjects include: ISABELLE HUPPERT...

...and MONTGOMERY CLIFT. Also in the works, festivals of: Mifune, Mai Zetterling, Sidney Poitier, and Spike Lee’s documentaries.

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