Past Events

Ithaca Sustainable Seafood Week 2016 Screening

Sunday, October 2nd at 2:30 pm
featuring Q & A w/ director Mark Titus

Ithaca Sustainable Seafood Week 2016 kicks off with a special screening of The Breach—discover a trail of human hubris, historical amnesia and potential tragedy looming in Alaska – all conspiring to end the most sustainable wild food left on the planet.

Death Makes Life Possible – Film Screening to Benefit Hospicare

Tuesday, October 18 at 7pm
Post-show discussion
$15 in advance / $20 at the door
Portion of Proceeds to Benefit Hospicare


This groundbreaking film, by Deepak Chopra MD and Marilyn Schlitz PhD, seeks to transform the fear of death into an inspiration for living.

Local Filmmaking Duo return for Encore of Film on Fireworks

Wednesday, October 19 at 7 pm
featuring Q & A with filmmakers Jesse & Jeremy Veverka

Passfire is an independently produced feature documentary about the world’s most amazing fireworks, the people who make them and the cultures behind them. Don’t miss your 2nd chance to see it on the big screen!

Celebrate Silent Movie Month with Special Screenings

Wharton Studio Presents:
Buster Keaton Shorts
Saturday, Oct 15 at 2 pm
$6 General Admission
(12 & under free)
The Flying Ace
w/ intro and Q & A by historian Barbara Tepa Lupack
Saturday, Oct 22 at 2 pm
FREE Admission

League of Women Voters Presents Film on Gun Violence

Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA
Monday, October 24 at 7 pm
screening followed by presentation by NYS Assemblywoman, Barbara Lifton

Slingshot Hip Hop Screening Moved to I.C.

The screening originally promoted as occurring at Cinemapolis has changed venues to Textor Hall on the Ithaca College campus.

Finger Lakes Independence Center presents Fair Pay Documentary

Bottom Dollars
Tuesday, November 1 at 7 pm
FREE Admission

In 2016, nearly 250,000 people are legally paid less than the minimum wage, on average, less than $2 an hour. “Bottom Dollars” is an hour long documentary that exposes the exploitation of people with disabilities through personal stories and expert interviews.

PuppHitz presents Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Dreams

PuppHitz presents Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Dreams
Volume VII

Tuesday, November 8 at 7 pm

Handmade Puppet Dreams showcases the fresh voices of independent puppeteers who embrace film to explore a spectrum of live-action puppetry styles. Volumes in the series have toured since 2005, screening throughout North America as well as in the Czech Republic, India, the United Kingdom, Israel, and Prague.

Ithaca Fantastik returns to Cinemapolis for 5th Annual Fest

Ithaca Fantastik will unleash its fifth annual film festival Nov. 9–13 in Ithaca, NY. The IF team has carefully crafted a lineup to offer something for every fantastic film lover.

Tompkins Public Library Explores Human Origins

Tuesday, November 29 at 7 pm
Screening of PBS Series “First Peoples”
co-presented by WSKG

Part of a 3 month community wide exploration of human origins and what it means to be human, presented by Tompkins County Public Library and the Paleontological Research Institute


Cinemapolis celebrates its 30th Anniversary this fall! Throughout the month of November, we’ll feature special one-night only screenings of key movies from the past three decades.

Southside Community Center presents Queen of Katwe

Queen of Katwe
Special ONE DAY ONLY Screening
Saturday, December 3rd at 2 pm
General Admission – $7, Youth/Students – $5

Panel discussion to follow facilitated by Dr. Nia Nunn, with special guests including Thia Harriet (SSCC) and students from Ithaca City School District and Ithaca College.

Citizen Clark Screening w/ director Joseph Stillman

Sunday, December 4 at 2 pm
featuring Q & A with director Joseph C. Stillman
General Admission – $10

This feature documentary details Ramsey Clark’s lifetime commitment to justice and human rights. As the highest law enforcement officer of the land under LBJ, Clark supervised the drafting and the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Civil Rights Act of 1968, two key milestones in the history of the United States.

Women’s Wisdom: A Multi-Media Performance Piece

After TWO SOLD OUT performances, it’s back!
Tuesday, December 6 at 7 pm
General Admission – $10

Writer/director Sue Perlgut presents two multi-media performances of her celebration of women’s advice and wisdom.

British Stage on Screen with NTL and GOS

This summer, we continue our tradition of live theater events on screen with the launch of a new season of productions from Shakespeare’s Globe and a special season of encore productions from National Theatre Live. Combined, the two programs give cinema-goers from Ithaca and beyond a chance to see world-class theatre without the pesky intercontinental airfare!

Citizens’ Climate Lobby presents Years of Living Dangerously

Free Screening of Years of Living Dangerously Episode on Bipartisan Climate Solutions (*Followed by Discussion with Ithaca’s Citizens’ Climate Lobby Chapter)
Wednesday, December 14, 2016, from 7-9 pm

Family Classics Picture Show returns for a 2nd Year of Family Fun at the Movies

The Family Classics Picture Show finishes its 2nd year on Sunday, December 18th at 2pm with a screening of It’s A Wonderful Life. Discounted tickets for these special Sunday events are just $3 for adults, $2 for kids, or $10 for an entire family. FCPS is made possible by lead sponsor Wells Fargo Advisors, with additional support from Mama Goose.

2016 Christmas Day Benefit Brunch at the Movies

At noon, on Christmas Day (Sunday, December 25th), join other Cinemapolitans for a special Thai brunch and movie to benefit the theater’s Annual Fund.


The experience of award-winning film is great for everyone on your holiday shopping list, and we’re offering some easy ways to give the gift of cinema this year.

Middle Eastern Music Benefit Concert for ICOA

As a benefit for Ithaca City of Asylum, Cornell’s Middle Eastern Music Ensemble will perform a concert of music from Turkey, Greece, Egypt, and Iran at Cinemapolis on Thursday, February 9th at 7pm.

Vitamin L Celebrates “Walk A Mile” Day

The community is invited to a celebration showcasing Vitamin L’s new video of its iconic song “Walk a Mile.”
Saturday, February 11 at 2 pm
Tickets – $7 suggestion donation

Darwin Days 2017 Screening – Inherit the Wind

Sunday, February 12 at 2 pm
Tickets – $7 General Admission

Join the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) for a screening of the 1960 film Inherit the Wind, a fictionalized account of the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial.

Film Screening presented by New Jim Crow Community Book Read

free screening
Saturday, Feb 18 at 2pm

in conjunction with the New Jim Crow Community Book Read and in anticipation of director Dawn Porter’s appearance at the State Theater on Tuesday, Feb 21st.

Talkback led by Eric Kofi Acree, Director of the John Henrik Clarke Africana Library at Cornell University

2017 “And The Winner Is…” Gala Event

On February 26th, Cinemapolis is celebrating another year of great cinema and hosting Hollywood’s biggest award ceremony on the big screen.
Lots of fun with Food, Drink, Raffles, Silent Auctions, and a “Guess the Winners” Contest for our signature fundraising event!

Starting at 7:30pm until best picture is announced!

4th Annual Streets Alive! Film Festival

Thursday, March 2nd at 7 pm
Presented by BikeWalk Tompkins
Free popcorn to the first 75 through the door

An evening of eclectic inspiring short bike-themed films! Be inspired! Help build a community where biking and walking are normal and fabulous ways to get around!

Stewart Park Benefit Event

Thursday, March 9, 7:30 pm

The Ithaca Native Landscape Symposium is sponsoring a benefit presentation by Prospect Park Alliance Vice-President and Landscape Architect Christian Zimmerman, FASLA, about the restoration of Prospect Park.

Ithaca Native Landscape Symposium 2017

March 10 & 11, 2017

The Ithaca Native Landscape Symposium was founded in 2009 by Rick Manning, L.A., and Dan Segal, Owner of The Plantsmen Nursery. The purpose of INLS is to educate professionals from various fields, as well as enthusiastic homeowners and gardeners, about native plants in the wild, and their role in sustainable landscapes.

PPSFL presents Wonder Women!

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines
Wednesday, March 22 at 7 pm
General Admission – $7 • Students – $5

As part of their Centennial Celebration, Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes presents WONDER WOMEN! Panel discussion to follow the screening, led by Ithaca College Professor Katharine Kittredge and including I.C. Professor Chrissy Guest, comics creator Ten Van Winkle, and author Pete Sandifer.

Live Multi-Media Comedy Show

Evil Cycborg Sea Monsters!
Wednesday, March 29th at 9 pm
$8 in advance • $10 at the door

Comedian + Cartoonist, Mike Capozzola’s multimedia live stand up comedy show about superheroes, action movies, sci-fi, monsters and secret agents.

Diane Ackerman Book Signing and Discussion

The Zookeeper’s Wife
Special Screening w/ discussion & book signing
featuring Diane Ackerman
Friday, March 31st at 4:15 pm

Celebrate the Ithaca premiere of The Zookeeper’s Wife with the author herself!

Fool’s Day Flicks Marathon

Fool’s Day Flicks
a full day of comedians and comedy!
Saturday, April 1
sponsored by C.S.P. Management

Join us for the 1st Annual Fool’s Day Flicks Marathon, featuring great films of and about comedians. PLUS the night wraps up with some LIVE stand up comedy, courtesy of our friends from Groundhog Comedy.

EAS presents Film Screening & Speak-Out

VIDEOS AND VOICES: An Abortion Speak Out
presented by EAS (Eliminating Abortion Stigma)
Sunday, April 9 at 2 pm
$10 General Admission • $7 Student/Senior

MRC Screening Series continues in April

Multicultural Resource Center Film Series
Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power
Tuesday, April 18 • 7 pm
Donations Welcome

IPAAFF Celebrates 3rd Year

Ithaca Pan Asian American Film Festival
Thursday, April 20 – Saturday, April 22

The Ithaca Pan Asian American Film Festival is now in its third year of showcasing the beauty and diversity of the Asian American experience through film screenings, academic panels, and live performances. This student-founded and primarily student-organized festival addresses the shortage of Asian American stories in mainstream popular culture.

Cancer Resource Center presents Annual Movie Night

Thursday, April 27 at 7 pm
$10 General Admission
Free popcorn for the first 50 through the door

The Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes presents their 3rd Annual Movie night with a special screening of Pieces of April. Staff from CRCFL will be on hand with info on all the services they provide to our community.

Friends of Stewart Park Fundraiser

Friends of Stewart Park present
Wild in Stewart Park: Sights and Sounds from the Park We Love
Tuesday, May 9. 7:00 – 9:00pm
$20 Suggested Donation ($10 – 100 sliding scale)

MRC Screening Series Continues in May

Multicultural Resource Center presents
Tuesday, May 16th at 7 pm
FREE ADMISSION (Donations Welcome)
Post-Show Discussion w/ Jay Smith

Family & Children’s Services presents Mental Health Month Screenings

presented by Family & Children’s Services of Ithaca
Wednesday, May 17 at 6:30 (w/ panel discussion)
Thursday, May 18 at 7 pm

To honor May is Mental Health Month, Family & Children’s Service will again host an educational film at Cinemapolis.

Short Film Retrospective from Romanian Film Maker

Ioana Turcan
“I create small scale revolutions”
A Retrospective
Saturday, May 20th at 4 pm
featuring an intro by the filmmaker LIVE from Cannes
$8 General Admission

ICUC-ME Film Series Returns for 2nd Year

Ithaca Coalition for Unity and Cooperation in the Middle East (ICUC-ME) presents
Israeli Citizens of Color: From Ethiopia to Chicago

First screening:
Mekonen: The Journey of an African Jew
Wed, April 26 @ 7 pm

Second Screening:
Village of Peace
Wed, May 10 @ 7 pm


8 Borders, 8 Days
Tuesday, June 6 at 7 pm
Talkback to Follow

A fierce single mother of two from Syria decides risking their lives in a raft is safer than staying behind on land. This film is an immersive experience of their eight-day journey to safety.


Wednesday, June 14 at Noon & 7 pm
FREE ADMISSION ($5 donations welcome)

TOMORROW is not just a film, it is the beginning of a movement seeking to encourage local communities around the world to change the way they live for the sake of our planet.

Tikkun v’Or presents Documentary

The Settlers
Thursday, June 15th at 7 pm
presented by Congregation Tikkun v’Or
discussion to follow w/ Rabbi Brian Walt


Thursday, June 22 at 7 pm
featuring Q & A w/ director Hilary Linder
$8 General Admission

Johnson Museum Presents John Waters Film

Thursday, July 13 at 7 pm
$5 General Admission (free for Johnson Museum Members)
featuring rare “Dinny the Dinosaur” videos by Robert Goodnough from the Museum’s collection

Fundraiser for Local Documentary

Sneak Preview Fundraiser Event
Tuesday, July 18 at 6:30 pm
$40 General Admission (includes pre-show reception)


Museum of the Earth presents:
Thursday, July 27 at 7 pm

To celebrate Shark Week, the Museum of the Earth presents a screening of the 1975 classic JAWS. The screening is held in conjunction with their current exhibit: The Buzz Saw Sharks of Long Ago.

Cinemapolis Goes Interstellar w/ New Documentary

Featuring Q & A w/ Nick Sagan
Tuesday, August 22 at 7 pm

THE FARTHEST tells the captivating tales of the people and events behind one of humanity’s greatest achievements in exploration: NASA’s Voyager mission, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this August.

Live Theater on the Big Screen with NTL

National Theatre Live is the groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre live from the London stage to cinemas across the UK and around the world, giving cinema-goers from Ithaca and beyond a chance to see world-class theatre without the pesky intercontinental airfare!

Cornell Concert Series presents Documentary

Thursday, September 7 at 7 pm

Screening in conjunction with the upcoming Catalyst Quartet concert at Barnes Hall.

Alcohol & Drug Council Hosts Free Film Screening

presented by Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County
Thursday, September 14 at 5 pm
FREE Admission
Followed by Panel Discussion

Ithaca Fantastik Presents Music Doc

Saturday, September 23 at 4:30
presented by Ithaca Fantastik
featuring panel discussion w/ musicians and experts

Art House Theater Day 2017

Art House Theater Day
Sunday, September 24

Cinemapolis is excited to take part in the SECOND annual Art House Theater Day. We’re joining hundreds of community cinemas around the country to celebrate the legacy of independent theaters as advocates for cinema arts.

Filmmaker Presents New Marine Documentary

Tuesday, September 26 at 7 pm
featuring Q & A and book signing with Drew Harvell and Producer David O. Brown
General Admission – $10
in conjunction with the Johnson Museum exhibit, “From The Darkness Of The Sea: The Cornell Collection Of Blaschka Glass Invertebrate Models”

Comedy Fest Brings the Laughs to Downtown

Finger Lakes Comedy Festival
Sept 28 – Sept 30
Downtown Ithaca

The Finger Lakes Comedy Festival is a 3 – day comedy festival that takes place in the heart of Downtown Ithaca.

Outer DOCS Festival Launches This Fall

Sunday, October 8th – 2 pm to 10 pm

The Outer Docs Awards is an annual documentary awards festival presented by Veverka Bros. Productions LLC. Veverka Bros. believes that different is not just a counterpoint to conventional, but synonymous with outstanding. That’s why they’ve worked hard to ensure that Outer Docs is an award festival way outside the herd.​

CULTURA Ithaca Presents 4th Annual Film Fest

4th Annual Cine con Cultura Latin@ American Film Festival
Sept 19 – Oct 15
Screenings at Cinemapolis & Other Locations throughout Ithaca

$8.50 each film / $50 season pass (includes all 12 films)
Students/seniors: $6 each film/ $40 season pass


Tuesday, October 17th at 7:00pm, FREE
presented by Wharton Studio Museum, Polyvinyl Films and Community Arts Partnership
Featuring Q&A with the director

Famed One Man Show Comes to the Screen

Tuesday, October 24 at 7 pm
followed by discussion with political scientist Miram Elman and Women Wage Peace organizer Inbal Shlosberg

BTI Co-Hosts Food Doc

Wednesday, October 25th at 7 pm
featuring Q & A w/ scientists from Boyce Thompson Institute & Cornell University
co-presented by BTI and the Cornell Alliance for Science


October is officially Silent Movie Month in Ithaca! In spring of 2012, October was officially proclaimed Silent Movie Month in the City of Ithaca by Mayor Svante Myrick. Each October, silent film and the role Ithaca’s Wharton, Inc. Studio played in early American filmmaking is highlighted through screenings, presentations and exhibits throughout Ithaca.

This year’s festivities include FOUR events here at Cinemapolis

History Center Presents Suffrage Film

Wednesday, Nov 1 at 6:30 pm
Presented by The History Center in Tompkins County
featuring post-screening discussion by Project Look Sharp
FREE ADMISSION ($5 donations graciously accepted)

Ithaca Fantastik Returns to Cinemapolis

6th Annual Ithaca Fantastik Festival
Friday, November 3 – Sunday, November 12
screenings daily

Ithaca Shakespeare Company Brings the Bard to the Big Screen

The Ithaca Shakespeare Company and Cinemapolis present “Shakespeare The Rest Of The Year”. The series will run once a month from September to May, with each screening beginning at 7 pm. The series kicks off on Wednesday, September 20th with Much Ado About Nothing.

Family Classics Picture Show Returns for 3rd Year of Family Fun at the Movies

The Family Classics Picture Show continues its 3rd year on Sunday, November 19th at 2pm with a screening of Captains Courageous. Discounted tickets for these special Sunday events are just $3 for adults, $2 for kids, or $10 for an entire family. FCPS is made possible by lead sponsor The Ainslie Reilly Group at Morgan Stanley, with additional support from Mama Goose.

TODAY'S SHOWTIMES Wednesday November 22, 2017

Loving Vincent (94 PG-13) 4:45PM  7:05PM  9:10PM  
Lady Bird (93 R) 4:50PM  7:15PM  9:25PM  
Wonderstruck (117 PG) 4:20PM  6:45PM  9:15PM