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.

A lot of you asked if we would be holding more screenings of The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) and well, we proudly are.

Coming back to the Nightlight Cinema for ONE WEEK ONLY starting 7/26.

This film is absolutely glorious on the big screen and we thank all of you for your continuous support! Tickets will be available soon!


We are wishing a happy 77th birthday to Harrison Ford today. Next Friday at the Nightlight Cinema we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with a national screening of ARMSTRONG (2019)

Interviews and never-before-seen footage highlight the incredible life of astronaut Neil Armstrong -- from his near-death experiences as a fighter pilot and test pilot to his historic Apollo 11 mission to the moon.

Tickets are LIVE :

HALSTON (2019)

The life and work of fashion designer Roy Halston Frowick, known simply as Halston, who dominated the fashion scene in the 1970s. During the Wall Street era, Halston was forced to take risks in order to protect his clothing empire.

"A genuine, intelligent appreciation of Halston’s brilliance as a designer, the influential way he altered and sleekened the silhouette of American women’s formalwear in his pomp, and his unique technical facility with fabric: Minnelli herself best describes the lithe, swirling movement and surprisingly athletic glamour of his creations with her observation that “Halston’s clothes danced with you.” - Guy Lodge, Variety

Friday 7/19 at the Nightlight Cinema,

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ #comingsoon #marianneandleonard #nightlightakron

We are still holding MidSommar for you proud and strong. If Jordan Peele, Director of US and Get Out feels this way, maybe you should really take the time and come see Midsommar at the Nightlight.

#advancingcinemaandcommunity #midsommar #film #a24 #horror #jordanpeele #cinema

Our photos are live from our 5 year anniversary party. Still waiting on our film roll to be developed but my goodness we can’t get over all the love in all of your faces! Thank you to every single one of you who made our party such a special celebration. 🎉🎉🎉

📸 by our Cinema Explorers! You can check out the full album here :

#advancingcinemaandcommunity #filmforever #nightlightakron #love #cinema #thankyou #nightlight5 #akronohio #arthousecinema #arthouseconvergence @ The Nightlight

Super proud to be leading this wonderful place with you Akron! Thank you @cleinstituteart for the interview!
#5yearsout #5yearanniversary
#Repost @cleinstituteart with @get_repost
Since graduating from CIA in 2014, Brittany Dobish has become the artistic director for @nightlightakron. She says, “I feel honored to be a leader in providing the community a diverse selection of cinema that otherwise would not show in this area.” Visit the link in our bio to see what else she’s been up to.

[07/09/19]   While we are waiting on Janus to release a retrospective trailer on the films of Abbas Kiarostami, we thought this video essay did a wonderful job on just giving us the essence of the great Iranian directors films.

Tickets are now LIVE for our one-time screening of his greatest film CLOSE-UP (1990)

for more information on this event please visit

to reserve your spot please head to our ticketing website

We know you had a busy weekend, make room to see Midsommar, we have 5 dollar glasses of punch all night!

We are hoping you are having a wonderful weekend too, Akron. ❤️🍿🎉

A night well spent. Thank you everyone for coming to celebrate our 5th year anniversary. We love all of you so much.

We are open today for your MIDSOMMAR viewing pleasure if ya need a place to cool off 😎

Cocktails and snacks 🥃🍿

flashback to our fantastic yelp culture club event ! 📸 @elizabethsturmphoto @yelpcleveland

Happy 4th 🤘🏻

#advancingcinemaandcommunity #filmforever #cinema #akron #midsommar #cocktails #craftcocktails #concessions #supportlocal

We welcome you warmly to the Nightlight Cinema and MidSommar.

#advancingcinemaandcommunity #midsommar #A24 #nightlightakron #filmforever #akron

In less than one hour we begin our celebration of MidSommar.


#advancingcinemaandcommunity #nightlightakron #midsommar #ariaster #a24

Tomorrow, we will be happy to have you.


#advancingcinemaandcommunity #nightlightakron #akron #akronfilm #a24

This WEDNESDAY at the Nightlight Cinema.


Get inspired by the looks, language, dance, and determination of the ’80s Harlem drag-ball competitors chronicled in Jennie Livingston’s landmark and in a brand-new digital restoration.

Today presented by the Nightlight Film Society, PARIS IS BURNING (1990)

Dear Patrons, The Last Black Man in San Francisco will only be playing on 7/5 for attendants of our 5-year anniversary party.

Reserve your spot now! Catered by Crave, a live performance from Theron Brown, 2 free drinks, a silent auction, and a special reveal.

This is how you look telling your friends that MIDSOMMAR tickets are now LIVE and the Nightlight is going with the national release date on July 3rd

Reserve them now for the initial celebration of MidSommar arriving on Wednesday July 3rd, we have a few surprises up our sleeves.

#yeeeees #arthousecinema #midsommar #ariaster #cinema #filmforever #nightlightakron

5 years ago, a team of hardworking film lovers made something possible for a community.

A place where great cinema can be seen, connections can be strengthened, and magic happens.

5 years today, we opened. 5 years of beautiful memories and over 60,000 people seeing independent cinema.

Akron, you are our home. Thank you to every single one of you for making this dream possible.


GAR Foundation

Bronlynn Thurman is an amazing leader in our community and we are so proud of her. Congratulations! 🎉❤️🎉

GAR Foundation is thrilled to announce the promotion of Bronlynn Thurman to Program Officer! Bronlynn joined GAR Foundation in 2016 as a part-time Program Assistant and has worked to advance the Foundation’s strategic priorities through the assessment and review of grant applications. Bronlynn brings a wealth of experience to GAR, particularly in the areas of arts and culture, creative placemaking, and neighborhood development. We are excited about her new role at the Foundation. Please join us in congratulating Bronlynn on her promotion!

The Nightlight Film Society’s 4K Restoration screening of PARIS IS BURNING (1990) in honor of PRIDE MONTH is 3 days away already! Where has June gone?!?

Have you reserved your tickets yet ? @ The Nightlight

Progress of our GEORGES MÉLIÈS inspired celestial photobooth designed by our Cinema Explorers! The full reveal will happen on our anniversary party on July 5th!

#advancingcinemaandcommunity #nightlightakron #filmforever #cinema #cinemaexplorers

Nightlight Cinema celebrates 5 years of bringing independent films to Akron

We will see you at the movies and reserve your tickets for our 5 year celebration here :

Read all about our event, our organization, and upcoming cinema here : As more and more people embrace streaming and bingeing, it’s getting tougher to draw them off their couches and out to actual movie theaters. They

The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019)

Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind. As he struggles to reconnect with his family and reconstruct the community he longs for, his hopes blind him to the reality of his situation.

A wistful odyssey populated by skaters, squatters, street preachers, playwrights, and other locals on the margins, The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a poignant and sweeping story of hometowns and how they’re made—and kept alive—by the people who love them.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Pick up your post cards today at the box office! All proceeds go to our 15k goal!

Postcards! @nightlightakron thank you @thebooksellerinc for the donation of a lovely vintage postcard rack so we can display our new set of postcards designed by artistic director Brittany Dobish. When’s the last time you sent a postcard to someone you love? What if you could do that and support your favorite cinema at the same time? Well now you can.
#spreadtheword #nightlightfilmsociety #nightlightcinema #akronislovely #cinemaandcommunity #snailmailrevival #downtownakron #handwritten #postcards #lovenightlight🦇 @ The Nightlight

Today, in a 4K restoration that premiered at Cannes this year in honor of its upcoming 40th anniversary.

Completely sold out for both screenings this weekend, and many people will be seeing this film for the first time on the big screen.

This is why we do what we do, this is cinema, this is Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece THE SHINING

Thank you Akron for the first sold out Friday of the Summer.
Reserve your tickets for The Dead Don’t Die (2019) now!

#thedeaddontdie #jimjarmusch #filmforever #advancingcinemaandcommunity #nightlightakron @ The Nightlight

Nightlight 5 Year Anniversary Feedback

We want to hear from you on your favorite experiences at the Nightlight over the course of 5 years.

Also, have you ever wanted to see your favorite movie on the big screen?

Let us know what we need to play and make this cinema more magical than it already is!

Fill out this quick form so we can plan ahead for the future!

Back from our yelp event, and boy Elizabeth Sturm Photography hit it out of the park with her photos!

Yelp ft. The Nightlight.

films, popcorn, and craft cocktails. AND IT'S in Akron y'all.

We have a BUSY weekend to say the least! Jim Jarmusch’s THE DEAD DON’T DIE (2019) is NOW PLAYING AT THE NIGHTLIGHT CINEMA!

#advancingcinemaandcommunity #filmforever #jimjarmusch #akron #arthousecinema #thedeaddontdie

How Will Movies (As We Know Them) Survive the Next 10 Years?

We believe in creating an experience for each one of you. As streaming wars escalate, we want you to experience the sense of community that only cinema screened in a theater can bring.

“The Nightlight Cinema is a nonprofit devoted to advancing cinema and community. We're building a movie house that's exciting and fun to visit, while also igniting the moral and creative imaginations of those who visit it. Inside that house is a screen that acts as a window into other spaces and times. As Roger Ebert said, "movies allow us to enter other minds, not simply in the sense of identifying with the characters, although that is an important part of it, but by seeing the world as another person sees it.” We seek to push lovingly on Akron's cultural horizons in order to create many new, diverse, and ongoing points of identification, so that, as a community, we can look out into the world and see it as our neighbors might see it. Advancing cinema and community in tandem means that, in identifying with each other, we broaden our own worldviews and ultimately build empathy into our interactions with one another.” -Former Executive Director, Kurtiss Hare.

As uncertain as everything is, there’s probably never been a better time to be a creative person in this business, just because of the near- term demand for programming. It’s going to require great stories for these platforms to survive and get attention. - J. J. Abrams Over the next decade, billions will be spent to remake the movie business. We asked 24 major figures in Hollywood to peer into the future and tell us what they see.

‪Our last screenings of Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir (2019) are today at 6:30PM and 9:00PM ‬

‪Don’t miss out! ‬‬

#joannahogg #a24 #cinema #filmforever #thesouvenir #advancingcinemaandcommunity #nightlightakron

We have plenty of t shirts left! Grab one as a special memento of our 5 year anniversary celebration 🎉

Printed by our friends at @thesocialdept and designed by the Nightlight designer @coryseashell

You can purchase them online here :

We also have Gift Cards, Tote Bags and more! Support your local independent Cinema!

#advancingcinemaandcommunity #nightlightakron #akronohio #arthousecinema

Friday is quickly approaching and seats are filling up! Have you reserved your tickets yet for THE DEAD DON’T DIE (2019) ?!

#advancingcinemaandcommunity #thedeaddontdie #cinema #film #filmforever #akron #jimjarmusch #akronpremiere #focusfeatures


Just booked for the celebration of the Summer, the Nightlight's 5th Birthday.


Dani and Christian are a young American couple with a relationship on the brink of falling apart. But after a family tragedy keeps them together, a grieving Dani invites herself to join Christian and his friends on a trip to a once-in-a-lifetime midsummer festival in a remote Swedish village. What begins as a carefree summer holiday in a land of eternal sunlight takes a sinister turn when the insular villagers invite their guests to partake in festivities that render the pastoral paradise increasingly unnerving and viscerally disturbing. From the visionary mind of Ari Aster comes a dread-soaked cinematic fairytale where a world of darkness unfolds in broad daylight.

Showtimes for THE SHINING (1980) are completely sold out unless you are an Aficionado Member or Cinephile Member.

However, we only leave 4 seats open for these members and it is a first come first serve basis. So, Aficionados and Cinephiles you better reserve them today!

She is grace and everything we love about Cinema. Happy Birthday Gena Rowlands.

Wishing a happy birthday to the incomparable Gena Rowlands, whose mix of fearless vulnerability and radiant strength has resulted in some of the most powerful and breathtaking performances of all time. ❤️

Please help us spread the word!

We have set a new fundraising goal of raising $15,000 during our summer fundraising period.

As you know, we are a 501(c)3 non-profit cinema and our ticket sales alone don't cover the cost of bringing in the essential films that make us who we are. We are so very grateful to all the members who have stood with us and helped us grow during our first five years. We are excited to continue to bring you a wonderful and meaningful movie-going experience for the next 5 years and beyond!

You can donate here to our cause:

Any amount helps, thank you so much for helping us in our mission of Advancing Cinema and Community in Tandem! We want to be here for a long time!

A Newly Restored Paris Struts Back into Theaters

On June 30th, we cannot wait til it struts to our screen! Starting this weekend, Janus Films is putting Jennie Livingston’s extraordinary snapshot of Harlem’s drag balls of the 1980s back on the big screen.

Did you know that the Nightlight's Lounge 237 is available for private events, meetings, private screenings, and so much more?

Complete with full surround sound, screen, and projection. Designed by Karen Starr of Hazel Tree Design, equipped by Eugene Weaver and Media Obsessions, Lounge 237 is a home away from home for all cinephiles and their friends.

For more information please email us at [email protected] to book your next get together!

Photos courtesy of Miriam Bennett and Heidi M. Rolf

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HALSTON (2019)
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019)
A personal invite to the Nightlight Cinema's 5 year celebration




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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