Art houses nationwide set screenings of '1984' for April

Cinemas News

On April 4, 2017, almost 90 art-house movie theatres across the country in 79 cities and in 34 states, plus one location in Canada, will be participating collectively in a “National Event Day” screening of the 1980s movie 1984, starring John Hurt, who died last month.

The date was chosen because it’s the day George Orwell’s protagonist Winston Smith begins rebelling against his oppressive government by keeping a forbidden diary.

In a joint statement on behalf of all of the theatres involved in this event: “Orwell’s novel begins with the sentence, ‘It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.’ Less than one month into the new presidential administration, theatre owners collectively believe the clock is already striking thirteen. Orwell’s portrait of a government that manufactures their own facts, demands total obedience and demonizes foreign enemies has never been timelier. The endeavor encourages theatres to take a stand for our most basic values: freedom of speech, respect for our fellow human beings, and the simple truth that there are no such things as ‘alternative facts.’ By doing what they do best—showing a movie—the goal is that cinemas can initiate a much-needed community conversation at a time when the existence of facts, and basic human rights, are under attack. Through nationwide participation and strength in numbers, these screenings are intended to galvanize people at the crossroads of cinema and community, and bring us together to foster communication and resistance against current efforts to undermine the most basic tenets of our society.”

The theatres also professed their support of the National Endowment for the Arts and their view that any attempt to scuttle that program is “an attack on free speech and creative expression through entertainment.”

Participating theatres that charge admission will be donating a portion of the proceeds to local charities and organizations, or using the proceeds for the purposes of underwriting future educational and community-related programming.

Dylan Skolnick of the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, NY, and Adam Birnbaum of Nova Theater Circuit, based in Stamford, CT, are spearheading efforts to enlist other theatres to join them. They can be reached for further statement at

For additional information about this event and a screening of the film in your area, visit You can also find out more specific details on a venue-by-venue basis about special guest speakers and moderators, as well as charitable groups who will be participating and/or to which contributions will be made.

As of Feb. 17, the undersigned venues have already committed to this event (sorted by state):

Gold Town Theater, Juneau, AK

Capri Theatre, Montgomery, AL

Alamo Drafthouse Chandler, Chandler, AZ

Loft Cinema, Tucson, AZ

Balboa Theater, San Francisco, CA

The Cinefamily, Los Angeles, CA

El Rey Theater Alliance, Chico, CA

Frida Cinema, Santa Ana, CA

Lark Theater, Larkspur, CA

Palm Cinema, San Luis Obispo, CA

State Theatre, Modesto, CA

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

International Film Series, Boulder, CO

Avon Theatre Film Center, Stamford, CT

Yale Film Colloquium, New Haven, CT

All Saints Cinema, Tallahassee, FL

Coral Gables Art Cinema, Coral Gables, FL

Movies of Lake Worth, Lake Worth, FL

O Cinema Wynwood, Miami, FL

Stonzek Theatre of the Lake Worth Playhouse, Lake Worth, FL

Sun-Ray Cinema, Jacksonville, FL

Ciné, Athens, GA

Doris Duke Theatre / Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI

FilmScene, Iowa City, IA

Wilmette Theatre, Wilmette, IL

Art Theatre, Hobart, IN

Cicada Cinema, Bloomington, IN

Cinema Center, Ft. Wayne, IN

Beacon Cinema, Pittsfield, MA

Images Cinema, Williamstown, MA

Triplex Cinema, Great Barrington, MA

Old Greenbelt Theatre, Greenbelt, MD

Railroad Square Cinema, Waterville, ME

Cinema Detroit, Detroit, MI

Vickers Theatre, Three Oaks, MI

Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul's St. Anthony Main Theatre, Minneapolis, MN

Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet, Kansas City, MO

Cinema St. Louis (in partnership with the St. Louis Public Library), St. Louis, MO

Art House Cinema & Pub, Billings, MT

Fine Arts Theatre, Asheville, NC

Rialto Theater, Raleigh, NC

Putnam Screening Room, Keene, NH

Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, NM

Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY

Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington, NY

Cinemapolis, Ithaca, NY

Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York, NY

GE Theatre at Proctors, Schenectady, NY

IFC Center, New York, NY

Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, NY

Little Theatre, Rochester, NY

Nitehawk Cinema, Brooklyn, NY

Picture House Regional Film Center, Pelham, NY

The Moviehouse, Millerton, NY

Upstate Films, Rheinbeck, NY

Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

Athena Cinema, Athens, OH

Little Art Theater, Yellow Springs, OH

Circle Cinema, Tulsa, OK

The Royal, Toronto, ON, ON

Bijou Art Cinemas, Eugene, OR

Cinema 21 Theatre, Portland, OR

City Lights Cinemas, Florence, OR

Colonial Theatre, Phoenixville, PA

Hollywood Theater, Pittsburgh, PA

Midtown Cinema, Harrisburg, PA

Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Pittsburgh, PA

Row House Cinema, Pittsburgh, PA

Small Star Art House, York, PA

Cable Car Cinema, Providence, RI

Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center, Newport, RI

The Nickelodeon Theatre, Columbia, SC

Cinema Falls, Sioux Falls, SD

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema-Mason Park, Katy, TX

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema-Montecillo, El Paso, TX

Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, Austin, TX

Texas Theatre, Dallas, TX

Park City Film Series, Park City, UT

Salt Lake Film Society - Tower Theater, Salt Lake City, UT

Byrd Theatre, Richmond, VA

Grand Cinema, Tacoma, WA

Pickford Film Center, Bellingham, WA

Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle, WA