The Nightlight

The Nightlight Cinema is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit movie theater dedicated to advancing cinema and community in tandem. 30 N High St / Akron, OH.

Another breathtaking masterpiece for a private rental of our Lounge 237 space for Mother’s day by @leaf_ebt_akron 🌿🌿❤️


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It's good to be selective. #HerSmell is now playing in additional cities:

"Like an angry Lioness ripping through a slab of raw meat." Variety, HER SMELL (2018)


Becky Something arrived LOUD and full of chaos in HER SMELL.

Now playing at the Nightlight Cinema.

Nightlight Cinema Public Survey 2019

Members, patrons, friends of the Nightlight! May is our annual survey month. We are in need of your feedback, it will help us improve our organization and hear your voices!

Please share with everyone you have brought as a guest too! Thank you so much! Hello! We are asking our members, friends, Akronites, and visitors to assist us in our mission of advancing cinema and community in tandem. This is a public survey open to all whether you are an avid fan of the Nightlight or have never visited us at 30 N. High Street in downtown Akron. We are a 501c...

Inside Akron's Tent City - Episode 1 - 'A Different Kind of Shelter'

We are now less than two weeks away from our screening of Inside Akron's Tent City.

To get a small taste of the full documentary :

We will be showing the full documentary starting Friday, May 10th

We have limited tickets available and they are going quick!

Produced, Shot, & Edited by Kevin Naughton Written by Jason Dunlap, Kevin Naughton, and Jeff Steinwachs Sound by Ian Douglas and Eric Kish Additional Writing...

We have partnered with yelp as part of their culture club!

Next Wednesday’s 7pm showtime will be closed only to people that register at this link below:ête-at-the-nightlight

Themed cocktails, conversation, and a screening of HER SMELL (2018) come visit us! It will be a fun evening of chaos, music, film, and everything Nightlight.

How Courtney Love, 'Spider-Man' And 'Showgirls' Inspired 'Her Smell'

"Music movies have taken center stage lately. With varying degrees of success, “A Star Is Born,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Vox Lux,” “The Dirt” and “Teen Spirit” pose questions about what it means to be a pop star in this modern world. But with all due respect to Jackson Maine, the best of the bunch is “Her Smell,” an electrifying grunge epic in which Elisabeth Moss plays a Courtney Love type whose primary condition is chaos."- Matthew Jacobs, HuffPost A deep dive with director Alex Ross Perry on his blistering new rock-star masterstroke starring Elisabeth Moss.

Infinite Fest: Station to Station on Notebook

“Can we, like the underground musicians of the ‘80s who constructed today’s touring circuit one phone call and van at a time, build a viable network of alternative film communities and venues operating outside the stranglehold of the mainstream pipeline? “

-Yes, as we are the stand alone art house of the city of Akron, we have a beautiful film community.

“What’s brewing for cinephiles in your city?”

- We are curating quality programming focused on inclusivity. Cinephiles in our city will feel proud to be from here. We encourage diverse voices and give a welcoming atmosphere to all who attend our screenings.

-What’s brewing? A sense of community only cinema can bring. With independent American cinema in a state of confusion, how can we create alternative, sustainable film communities?

Mark your calendars!

Our schedule and tickets will be launched for the first annual Bechdel Festival tomorrow May 1st at 3:00 PM.

Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival

Thank you forever.

Thank you for giving us great stories! RIP John Singleton.


An "emotional hurricane" lead by Elisabeth Moss, HER SMELL is one of our most anticipated films of the year.

Reserve your tickets NOW!

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This High Life High Ball is springy and otherworldly with rose simple syrup.

Here until Thursday folks, come see us.

[04/27/19]   Bursting with the colorful street style & music of Nairobi’s vibrant youth culture, RAFIKI is a tender love story between two young women in a country that still criminalizes homosexuality. Kena and Ziki have long been told that “good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives” - but they yearn for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls encourage each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, Kena and Ziki must choose between happiness and safety.

Initially banned in Kenya for its positive portrayal of queer romance, RAFIKI won a landmark supreme court case chipping away at Kenyan anti-LGBT legislation. Featuring remarkable performances by newcomers Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva, RAFIKI is a hip tale of first love “reminiscent of the early work of Spike Lee” (Screen Daily) that’s “impossible not to celebrate” (Variety)!

One of the best films screened at the Cleveland International Film Festival. Tickets are now available for the Akron debut!

"Denis is regarded among cinephiles for her signature trope, a non-linear, elliptical approach to storytelling, withholding or leaving out crucial information in favor of a lyrical, poetic style that is at once moody, meditative, and mysterious. High Life, which moves back in forth in time, is no exception.

As High Life progresses, and more about the fated crew is revealed, we see fleeting snippets of the inmates' life on earth, and the circumstances behind their incarceration, through a series of grainy 16mm flashbacks recalling the works of Denis predecessor Andrei Tarkovsky. But this is no conventional backstory or flashback."


”Claire Denis' "High Life," about a group of prisoners being used as guinea pigs in a deep space mission, is tailor-made for viewers who like science fiction in a cryptic 1970s art-house mode, and don't care if the movie is of-the-period ("The Man Who Fell to Earth," "Alien," "Silent Running") or consciously aping it ("Under the Skin," "Ex Machina," "Annihilation") as long as it delivers the goods by challenging the audience. There are no laser shootouts, lightsabers, spaceship battles, or talks of imperial succession here—just long, often eerily quiet scenes of adults being adults, in a futuristic environment that turns every situation into a metaphor and every metaphor into a situation.” - Matt Zoller Seitz, 4/4

Spend your weekend with us in deep space,

#highlife #nightlightakron #cinema #akron #a24 #clairedenis #advancingcinemaandcommunity #akronlove

Barry Jenkins interviews French director Claire Denis: 'I accept that I'm an inspiration'

“I think my movies have a certain tenderness, a certain humanity, and that’s what counts for me.”- Claire Denis

Now playing at the Nightlight Cinema, her latest film HIGH LIFE (2019) The filmmaker behind ‘Moonlight’ and ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ speaks to the French auteur about director anxiety and expectations


Nightlight Vertigo Film Reel Exclusive T Shirt

Designed by Cory Sheldon, the exclusive designer of the Nightlight Cinema, printed by Andy Taray of @thesocialdept in Cuyahoga Falls.

We pride ourselves on supporting local businesses and want to lead others towards non mass production quality shirts. Better for the environment ; showcasing what we love most about this life, Cinema, connection and creating a better world.

Made on sustainable 100% cotton. Limited availability! You can purchase yours on our store page (members of the nightlight get 3 dollars off their shirt when logging into our membership site, if you become a member you will also have discounts on upcoming Nightlight merchandise!)

#nightlightakron #filmforever #nightlightcinema #akronlocal #akronlove #akronlife #sustainablefashion

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HER SMELL (2019)

Becky Something (Elisabeth Moss) is a '90s punk rock superstar who once filled arenas with her grungy all-female trio Something She. Now she plays smaller venues while grappling with motherhood, exhausted band mates, nervous record company executives, and a new generation of rising talent eager to usurp her stardom. When Becky's chaos and excesses derail a recording session and national tour, she finds herself shunned, isolated and alone. Forced to get sober, temper her demons, and reckon with the past, sheretreats from the spotlightand tries to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success.

Anchored by a towering, unflinching performance from Golden Globe and Emmy winner Moss, and supported by a stellar ensemblecast, HER SMELL examines the grit, grace and gravitas of an unforgettable fictional rock star crashing down to earth into the harsh realities of mid-life. With his incendiary and deeply humane sixth feature, writer-director Alex Ross Perry (Listen UpPhilip, Golden Exits) pumps up the volume and shines a light on the terrifying moment when superstardom wanes —and quiet becomes the new loud.


Monte (Robert Pattinson) and his baby daughter are the last survivors of a damned and dangerous mission to deep space. The crew—death-row inmates led by a doctor (Juliette Binoche) with sinister motives—has vanished. As the mystery of what happened onboard the ship is unraveled, father and daughter must rely on each other to survive as they hurtle toward the oblivion of a black hole.

A staggering and primal film about love and intimacy, suffused with anguished memories of a lost Earth, High Life is a haunting, thrilling achievement from visionary director Claire Denis.

Arriving at the Nightlight THIS FRIDAY! Tickets and showtimes will be available soon here :

[04/22/19]   VIVA VARDA! This Sunday, the Nightlight Film Society pays tribute to one of the greatest female directors who sadly passed away last month. We honor her legacy and all female filmmakers past and present by screening her landmark film Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962)

"By most accounts, photographer turned director Agnès Varda is considered the archetypal girl who crashed the big boys’ clubhouse, and Cléo from 5 to 7 was the film that paid her membership fee."

Join us in discussion after the film.

If today isn't the perfect day of the year to see THE BEACH BUM then we don't know anything about Cinema.

Just saying, the day fits.

We Rank the Films of Jim Jarmusch From "Heard About It" to "I Plan on Watching That One"

Where are you on this ranking Akron? With the eclectically cast horror/comedy The Dead Don’t Die set to release in June (featuring Iggy Pop, Bill Murray, Tom Waits and RZA to name a few,) we thought it was a good time to revisit the films of Jim Jarmusch. Or, more accurately, the idea of the films of Jim Jarmusch.


"I love the idea of a character arc that doesn’t exist in any traditional sense. Moondog doesn’t change. The world changes around him: his money, his fame, his family, his friends. But he’s consistent, just floating through his world. He’s like the poet of his own life." - Harmony Korine


Reserve your tickets here!

Tonight's first screening of THE FIELD GUIDE TO EVIL at 8:30PM is filling up fast and will most likely sell out.

An evocative and enchanting “folk horror” anthology, THE FIELD GUIDE TO EVIL is eight eerie segments by some of the world’s greatest directors working today in the space between genre and arthouse...and is the follow-up from the creators of the cult classic THE ABCs OF DEATH

This is a Friday night to remember, reserve your tickets now! @ The Nightlight

Tonight's first screening of THE FIELD GUIDE TO EVIL at 8:30PM is filling up fast and will most likely sell out.

An evocative and enchanting “folk horror” anthology, THE FIELD GUIDE TO EVIL is eight eerie segments by some of the world’s greatest directors working today in the space between genre and arthouse...and is the follow-up from the creators of the cult classic THE ABCs OF DEATH

This is a Friday night to remember, reserve your tickets now!

This poster looks so good, we can’t wait for @beachbummovie to arrive on our screens tomorrow!

Tonight at the Nightlight #ZipsInvade
Our evening is dedicated to the students at the University of Akron. Both showtimes get you a free ticket, small popcorn, mock tail and button with your zipscard!
All other patrons! Just expect a busy evening, We will be happy to have you here tonight!
If you didn't know, the Nightlight has a student discount all year, letting you get into our films for $8 instead of the $10 regular admission fee.

We can't wait to see your faces and dance with you to Gloria Bell.

The University of Akron

#ZipsInvade at the Nightlight! Just bring your zipscard !

If you didn't know, the Nightlight has a student discount all year, letting you get into our films for $8 instead of the $10 regular admission fee.

We can't wait to see your faces and dance with you to Gloria Bell.

The next #ZipsInvade is coming at you this Thursday! The Nightlight is inviting Zips to come to two different showings of the film Gloria Bell and giving movie-goers popcorn, a drink, and a cool Nightlight pin. Showings are at 6:30pm and 8:45pm.

The programming schedule for the first annual Bechdel Film Festival will be announced soon. Have you marked it on your calendars? (May 29th - June 2nd)

The Nightlight will be having various films curated before and after to get you pumped up for the women in your lives, the city of Akron, and this amazing festival.


Catch Julianne Moore in "Gloria Bell" at The Nightlight - April 17.

“Still, I would say in this era, we need stories of women who claim their right to be seen, respected and celebrated more than ever.” -Sebastian Lelio


So, this year is just giving us so many good things.

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Are we getting a new Wes Anderson film in 2019? The director has given his first interview about his new movie #TheFrenchDispatch, which will reunite him with some of his most beloved collaborators and newcomers alike, including Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Timothée Chalamet.


Goodnight Bibi, thank you for being such an incredible person on screen. (1935 - 2019)

#bibiandersson #womeninfilm #cinema #filmforever #ingmarbergman #persona @ The Nightlight

Tonight, an absolutely stunning premiere. What are you doing tonight Akron?


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"Having the chance to revisit my own materials, to find a new vehicle to examine what is universal about the original story and to see it reborn with a supreme artist like Julianne Moore was too tempting, too exciting. Having the chance to work with Julianne, John Turturro and the other amazing actors was revitalizing and inspiring.

GLORIA BELL is like the cover of a melody that we created, played again in a new moment, in a new context, and by a new band. We tried to honor the discoveries and DNA of the original film; at the same time, we were searching for new tones, new vibrations, new sparkles. We did it for the joy of making a film, for the excitement of the risk, and for the artistic challenge. It was an act of freedom." - Director Sebastian Lelio

Dance with us, GLORIA BELL begins tomorrow night!

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"Like an angry Lioness ripping through a slab of raw meat." Variety, HER SMELL (2018)
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30 N High St
Akron, OH

Opening Hours

Monday 18:00 - 22:00
Tuesday 18:00 - 22:00
Wednesday 18:00 - 22:00
Thursday 18:00 - 22:00
Friday 18:00 - 22:00
Saturday 18:00 - 22:00
Sunday 16:00 - 20:00
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