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.

Happy 330 day, we are so happy to be a part of this wonderful community!

Everyone who comes and sees a film at their neighborhood theater today gets one of our new 1” buttons!

US (2018) is on our screens until Thursday !

#330 #akron #akronlove #akronlife #cinema #nightlightakron #filmforever #local #comevisit #arthousetheater

Agnes Varda (1928-2019)

Miss Agnes Varda, lively, witty, a forefront in the French New Wave. “Because of her gender, she became a champion of the rights of women and their place in the male-dominated world of film.” -Henry Chu, Variety

This is a loss to all of us. Your charm, intelligence and eye live on in your works that blend many different genres and give us a new understanding on the art of Cinema.

“In my films I always wanted to make people see deeply. I don't want to show things, but to give people the desire to see.” - Agnes Varda


Of all the things to scream of excitement over lately, this tops it all.

Plus Tilda Swinton, Tom Waits, Adam Driver, Chloë Sevigny, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi, and so, so, so many more.

A Letter to Variety

A letter to Variety in response to their “Inside indie movie theaters battle to survive,” from all of us independent Art Houses.

“At the same time, in the face of our current social and political polarizations, independent theaters including the Nickelodeon Theatre (Columbia, SC), FilmScene (Iowa City, IA), and the Nightlight Cinema (Akron, OH) are giving audiences the opportunity to see films from countries including Palestine, Kenya, Lebanon, and Colombia. These screenings are indispensable invitations to encounter diverse perspectives while enlarging one’s understanding of the world, not just presentations of “obscure foreign language movies” as Variety describes.”

We are dedicated to you Akron, to be alive and thriving as much as the art of Cinema is. We show films for you to experience diverse voices. The Nightlight is here to stay. To the Editor: Re “Inside Indie Movie Theaters’ Battle to Survive” (Variety Feature) Brent Lang and Matt Donnelly are right, thousands of screens in the United States are operated by independents. However, the depiction of these theaters as imperiled is incomplete and inaccurate. Throughout th...

We are here at @clefilmfest ready to talk about film inclusiveness, your experience at the festival, and your next visit to the city of Akron!

#clevelandinternationalfilmfestival #cinema #advancingcinemaandcommunity #akron #akronohio #cleveland #greatercleveland #representationmatters #filmforever



Tomorrow, our first community partner film, LAND OF GLASS (2018) plays at 11:55 AM, then again Friday, March 29th at 4:50 PM and Saturday at the Near West Theatre at 1:40 PM.

"His dad’s demanding work schedule leaves 13-year-old Jas home alone for the weekend. Left to his own devices, Jas spends time in the massive, glass greenhouse in his backyard, letting his imagination flourish as it did when his mother was still alive. On one fateful day, Jas finds old, frail Alva and a young girl, Neia, hiding in his family’s barn. The pair come from the forest, but they are on the run from a dangerous threat and cannot return home. Curious about these peculiar strangers, Jas invites them inside for food, warmth, and safety from whomever they say is after them. Much to his surprise, Jas soon discovers his new friends are actually elves who possess coveted pearls with life-saving healing powers. Knowing these precious pearls must be protected, Jas must do everything he can to save Alva and Neia from imminent danger. A family-friendly fantasy, LAND OF GLASS tells a tale of daring bravery, loyal friendship, and a quest to free the soul." (In Danish with subtitles) —A.B.

Come represent the Nightlight Cinema and Akron; support the Cleveland International Film Festival for continuing to bring inclusive cinema to the Greater Cleveland area.

Purchase tickets here and at the box office :

"The story we discovered was inspiring, heart-wrenching, and infuriating all at once, and it subverted virtually every stereotype and prejudice we held concerning homelessness. Oftentimes, we weren’t even aware that we held a certain preconceived notion as it was subverted, which was in and of itself a valuable lesson." - PressureLife Productions

We are so thankful for the support of our community in the endeavor of getting their voices heard. Only a handful of tickets left for the additional screening of INSIDE AKRON'S TENT CITY (2019) SUNDAY MAY 12TH at 6:30PM

Kevin Naughton, the filmmaker/editor/producer, will be introducing the film.

Reserve them NOW!

Everybody Knows (2018)

Next Friday at the Nightlight, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz star in Asghar Farhadi's latest thriller, EVERYBODY KNOWS (2018)

The film follows Laura (Cruz) on her travels from Argentina to her small home town in Spain for her sister’s wedding, bringing her two children along for the occasion. Amid the joyful reunion and festivities, the eldest daughter is abducted. In the tense days that follow, various family and community tensions surface and deeply hidden secrets are revealed.

Thank you to @daisycakes_cakepops for creating these unbelievably adorable cake pops for the Nightlight Cinema.

Patrons, what businesses do you recommend that we showcase their artisan creations at our concessions bar? Is there a personal favorite of yours that you would like to see?

Comment below!

"Structured like a home-invasion drama, “Us” is a horror film—though saying so is like offering a reminder that “The Godfather” is a gangster film or that “2001: A Space Odyssey” is science fiction. Genre is irrelevant to the merits of a film, whether its conventions are followed or defied; what matters is that Peele cites the tropes and precedents of horror in order to deeply root his film in the terrain of pop culture—and then to pull up those roots." Richard Brody

Have you seen US at the Nightlight yet? Why not? We have it all this week, and next.

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Wow, thank you to everyone for supporting. We welcome you to attend and discuss in our Lounge 237 space with the filmmakers after the panel discussion.

We will be adding another showtime for Sunday, May 12th at 6:30PM, this will just be the screening of the documentary.

Tickets will be available soon here:




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It was an absolute pleasure to meet Priya last night and to find out she is a huge film fan and loves Kathryn Bigelow. We love Knight Foundation and all that they have provided us and the city of Akron with. We are excited to see what Priya does to further create meaningful connections within our Arts Community.


Priya and Adam are still in town and want to hear from you! Check them out at one of their Information Sessions. Check out the details here:

The Bechdel 48hr filmmaking challenge is TOMORROW!!

“We hope to see you at the @nightlightakron at 6pm tomorrow for the kickoff event! @bechdelfest”

#bechdelfest #assemble #filmforever #48hourchallenge #cinemaforchange #nightlightakron #awareness #womenempowerment #womenshistorymonth #bechdelfest

“There was a French movie that Chantal Akerman made, called “Jeanne Dielman”, that is a lot of a woman alone in her apartment. You see her washing her dishes for 10 minutes, and it was interesting how not boring it was. You really feel like you’re alone with this woman, and it’s fascinating. So we had that in mind. It was an experiment to see if you felt like you were alone with him, or if it was just boring.

For the visual style of Somewhere, Sofia Coppola discussed Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) with cinematographer Harris Savides.

“The main thing was to tell the story really simply and let it play out in long beats and have the audience discover the moment.”

Jeanne Dielman for one night only, this Sunday 3/24 at 6:00 PM

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)

"A true action movie..." - IndieWire

"A singular work in film history, Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles meticulously details, with a sense of impending doom, the daily routine of a middle-aged widow, whose chores include making the beds, cooking dinner for her son, and turning the occasional trick. In its enormous spareness, Akerman’s film seems simple, but it encompasses an entire world. Whether seen as an exacting character study or as one of cinema’s most hypnotic and complete depictions of space and time, Jeanne Dielman is an astonishing, compelling movie experiment, one that has been analyzed and argued over for decades."

For Women's history month, the Nightlight Film Society brings forth Chantal Akerman's restored masterpiece to our intimate theater. This screening will be an important landmark in the existence of the Nightlight Cinema.

Akron's own Kate Tucker will introduce this film, the legacy of Women Directors and the importance of Women in Art. Kate Tucker is a Nashville-based songwriter, singer, guitarist and producer. She fronts Kate Tucker and the Sons of Sweden and is also one half of the pop duo Little Reader. Tucker’s solo work ventures from shimmering indie pop to explore deeper shades of rock, reflecting early Stones, The Velvet Underground and Courtney Barnett, with occasional forays into a land inhabited by Cat Power, Mazzy Star and David Lynch.

This Sunday, reserve your tickets now and spend your entire evening with us, we will make sure that you don't forget it!

“This is an absolutely extraordinary film… Guerra and Gallego’s film is no dusty period piece, it is wildly alive, yet it reminds us that no matter how modern we are, there are ancient songs our forebears knew whose melodies still rush in our blood.” – Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

Only two more chances to see BIRDS OF PASSAGE (2018) at the Nightlight, don’t miss this fantastic cultural masterpiece on the big screen.

#nightlightakron #awareness #colombia #cinema #internationalcinema #representation #foreignfilms #akron #akronfilm

Our @clefilmfest CIFF43 Pre Game Social was extremely successful. Thank you so much to everyone who came out and pre planned their CIFF schedule!

Thank you to @craveakron for always keeping our patrons well fed! @ The Nightlight


"Peele is this generation's Hitchcock, for sure, but also a true American original with introspective themes in hand and suspense to spare." - David Truitt, USA TODAY

AKRON PREMIERE, absolutely huge for the Nightlight Cinema, and Friday's tickets are almost sold out.

Reserve your tickets NOW!

“Just left @nightlightakron after seeing the Apollo 11 documentary. I’m breathless, worn out and in awe by the events captured in this movie. I knew the history, but this experience took it to a whole new level. What an inspiration to see leadership, discipline, and the willingness to be bold and brave! Go visit the Nightlight - one of the beat places in downtown Akron!”

Well @barb_stacy if this isn’t the most flattering, sweetest, and one of the best examples of WHY we exist.

Thank you so much ❤️🥰

#apollo11 #advancingcinemaandcommunity #nightlightakron #neon #cinema #film #akronohio


Crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65mm footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, Apollo 11 takes us straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission.

Only for a limited time, reserve your tickets NOW!

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"A film of both gangsters and spirits. A family film, an ensemble story of strong, intuitive, resilient and powerful women; who wait at home for unconscious, impulsive, fearful men, as they talk, they negotiate, they run around.

Intuition vs. reason; innocence vs. vengeance, word vs. honor. All in telling the great tragedy that would curse us forever. The great taboo that we are not allowed to discuss.

Told, for once, in an intimate, personal way. Our own way. That soft breeze that seemed to come to refresh, and became the ravaging storm that showed us the true face of capitalism, it's purest form, our jayeechi, our birdsong."- Directors Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra

We cannot wait to have this story grace our screens. Reserve your tickets now!

The Devil Strip

That's one of our members, Hayden Gilbert who we love so much! Support your local musicians, filmmakers, and artists and check out this article.

Adam Bonomo wanted to find a way to help Akron’s local musicians and play a role in the DIY scene. So he started Alternative Attic.

Christopher Nolan ‘About to Start Shooting’ Next Film, Rallies Directors to Get Moviegoers Into Theaters

"As the Netflix vs. movie theaters debate continues to escalate, Nolan reminds filmmakers it's on them to give moviegoers a reason to leave the house."

Exactly the reason why we exist, our mission is to give you a reason to come out for the night and "engage with the world of cinema which we all love so much."

Patrons, what are your stances? As the Netflix vs. movie theaters debate continues to escalate, Nolan reminds filmmakers it's on them to give moviegoers a reason to leave the house.

As if landing on the Moon as an idea doesn't fill us with a sense of awe and wonder already...

50 plus years in the making, APOLLO 11 (2019) will be one of the best films we will screen this year. "The mission that made Neil Armstong and Buzz Aldrin household names."

Reserve your tickets for you and your loved ones, these screenings are sure to fill up fast!


We are less than one week away from our highly awaited screening of the official entry from Colombia for Best Foreign Language Film, BIRDS OF PASSAGE (2018)

"This story about drug trafficking has often been told from the outside. It has been told mostly through American films and TV shows, rather than from our perspective as Colombians. What we’ve seen is that all these movies and series act as apologists for major criminals.

Pablo Escobar, who carried out one of the worst genocides of our history, is suddenly seen as a superhero thanks to a show like Narcos.

These stories have been told in gangster films since Scarface and on TV since Miami Vice. These productions often show Colombians as terrorists. BIRDS OF PASSAGE is an answer to the lack of representation of our perspectives on these topics."- Director Cristina Gallego

Tickets are now available for BIRDS OF PASSAGE (2018)

SXSW 2019: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Is Terrifying

"Us is terrifying. It is extraordinarily made, impeccably composed and paced, completely in control of how out of control it gets and genuinely seat-soiling scary." -David Fear, Rolling Stone.

Tickets are available now for our Akron premiere of Jordan Peele's latest and they will sell out, please don't soil our seats. The filmmaker unveils his follow-up to ‘Get Out’ — and delivers a symbolic state-of-the-nation address that’s bone-chilling and heartbreaking

Apollo 11 (2019)


From Director Todd Douglas Miller (Dinosaur 13) comes a cinematic event fifty years in the making. Crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65mm footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, Apollo 11 takes us straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission—the one that first put men on the moon, and forever made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into household names. Immersed in the perspectives of the astronauts, the team in Mission Control, and the millions of spectators on the ground, we vividly experience those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future.

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Everybody Knows (2018)
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30 N High St
Akron, OH

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Monday 18:00 - 22:00
Tuesday 18:00 - 22:00
Wednesday 18:00 - 22:00
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Sunday 16:00 - 20:00
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