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Welcome to the CSUN Cinematheque

Cinematheque (noun) |sin e mah tek|

a motion picture theater, often part of a university or private archive, showing experimental or historically important films.

The CSUN Cinematheque is an innovative year-round film screening program housed in the Elaine and Alan Armer Screening Room, a state-of-the-art 130 seat motion picture theater on the CSUN campus. Founded by the late Dr. John E. Schultheiss, it is the only venue of its kind in the San Fernando Valley. The Cinematheque presents thematically designed retrospectives of classic films, as well as aesthetically significant contemporary releases--in conjunction with the appearance of featured guest artists for lectures and panel discussions. Conceptual presentations are devoted to: filmographies of important directors, writers, actors, cinematographers; essential genre works; seminal documentaries; major literary, philosophical, narrative themes and traditions; defining technical and artistic models and styles. The Cinematheque is also intended as a regular venue for film organizations, student film competitions, and conferences. Collaboration is encouraged with local studios, guilds, and academies for screenings and related events.

The majority of the screenings sponsored by the CSUN Cinematheque support the academic mission of the Cinema and Television Arts Department. These are provided in conjunction with a class lecture or Q&A. Seating is reserved for those students enrolled in the course.

However, a number of screenings and events are open to the public. Those screenings are listed on the PUBLIC SCREENING SCHEDULE.

The Elaine and Alan Armer Screening Room is located in Manzanita Hall, Auditorium Room 100.