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.

Countdown to our 2nd Annual Nightlight Halloween Party.


8pm - 12am October 27th 2018
Halloween at the Nightlight


For one night only, the Nightlight will be transformed into a ghoulish pop-up inspired by the ghost with the most.

Beetlejuice on the big screen at 9:45 PM ( only a few tickets left, buy yours before they're gone!)

Seberg x The Sweetest Chill takeover Lounge 237 to bring you;
"What would Lydia wear?"

A spooky vintage shopping experience inspired by Lydia Deetz

An eerie soundtrack G. S. Schray
Costume Contest at 11:30
(with prizes donated by Akron Coffee, Nightlight, and Square Records)
Spook-tacular cocktails crafted at the bar all night long

*** the event is free, however, film and drinks are not

Bring all of your ghouls. This will be a Halloween to remember.

Thank you for everyone who joined us for our first collaboration and event Spoke & Reel, amazing cocktails, influential cinema, inspirational fashion and wonderful people.
What a night. We couldn’t be more happy with the turn out. Thank you Akron. @middlewestspirits @akroncoffeeroasters @_seberg @cavbeer

Our latest and upcoming titles have all been women directed features. We are proud to show the world the power of equality on screen.

Tonight is your last chance to see the 97% rating on rotten tomatoes, debut feature of I AM NOT A WITCH, also the documentary on the “voice” WHITNEY.

Tomorrow begins our week run of LOVE, GILDA and HAL.

Tickets, synopsis’ and showtimes are available on

Reserve your tickets now for this Thursday October 18th!

October's edition of Third Thursday brings a partnership between The Nightlight Cinema, Akron Coffee Roasters, and Middle West Spirits to bring Downtown Akron the "Spoke and Reel" social.

Using the inspiration of Middle West Spirits finesse and Akron Coffee Roasters forte, the event will include artfully crafted cocktails with an Italian twist.

Thank you for the beautiful graphics work, Cory Sheldon.

Love, Gilda (2018)

LOVE, GILDA opens a unique window into the honest and whimsical world of beloved performer Gilda Radner, whose greatest role was sharing her story. Working with the Radner estate, D’Apolito unearthed a collection of diaries and personal audio and videotapes documenting her childhood, her comedy career, her relationships and ultimately, her struggles with cancer. These never-before-seen-or-heard footage and journal entries form the narrative spine of the documentary, allowing Gilda to tell her own story – through laughter and sometimes tears.

Tickets are now available for this documentary starting this Friday!

HAL (2018)

Although Hal Ashby directed a remarkable string of acclaimed, widely admired classics throughout the 1970s—HAROLD AND MAUDE, THE LAST DETAIL, SHAMPOO, COMING HOME, BEING THERE— he is often overlooked amid the crowd of luminaries from his generation. Amy Scott ’s exuberant portrait explores that curious oversight, using rare archival materials, interviews, personal letters, and audio recordings to reveal a passionate, obsessive artist. Ashby was a Hollywood director who constantly clashed with Hollywood, but also a unique soul with an unprecedented insight into the human condition and an unmatched capacity for good. His films were an elusive blend of honesty, irreverence, humor, and humanity. Through the heartrending and inspiring HAL, you feel buoyed by Ashby ’s love of people and of cinema, a little like walking on water.

Tickets are LIVE and available now, BELIEVE IN CINEMA this Friday

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Jim: “You're tearing me apart!”
Carol: “What?!”
Jim: “You, you say one thing, he says another, and everybody changes back again!”
We have one more screening of Nicholas Ray’s Rebel Without A Cause (1955) at 6:30 PM tonight. It’s incredibly potent and beautiful on the big screen. Don’t miss your chance to see it!

“Whitney wasn’t just some icon,” her sister-in-law, Pat Houston, says in a news release. “This documentary shows her human side. … Things your mother or father or sister or brother or child may have gone through, Whitney went through all of that.” Tonight at 8PM, see that side in the critically acclaimed documentary Whitney (2018)

“Perhaps more beautiful and strange than wholly satisfying, it’s nonetheless easy to see why Rungano Nyoni’s debut film arrives in the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar of Cannes trailing ribbons of new-discovery buzz. A defiantly uncategorizable mix of superstition, satire and social anthropology, it tells the story of a small Zambian girl who is denounced as a witch and exiled to a witch camp, where she is alternately exploited and embraced. Singular as that story might be, what makes “I Am Not a Witch” unique, however, is Nyoni’s abundant, maybe even overabundant directorial confidence.”

Discover I Am Not A Witch tonight at the Nightlight at 6:00 PM

Night Tide (1961)

“Night Tide is about people in temporary places— a sailor on leave, a woman in a carnival, beatniks on the beach. How do we become who we are? Is it within us all along, or do we live up to other people’s definitions of us? Night Tide seeks an answer to this mystery, and invites along on the journey.” - Cir L'Bert Jr, curates this series!

Our 2 Friday film series is Women's lead horror films. Tomorrow night at 10:30 PM we begin with Night Tide (1961) from the American Genre Film Archives.

A thriller film, and one of Dennis Hopper's first appearances. Lure your friends in for a Late Night at the Nightlight Cinema.

Tickets are available here:

Emma Thompson & Stanley Tucci Finally Share The Screen In 'The Children Act' | Entertainment Weekly

Tonight is your last chance to see Richard Eyre’s film The Children Act at the Nightlight.

Check out this fantastic interview from entertainment weekly starring the lead actors and director themselves.

Reserve your tickets for our 6:45 PM and 9 PM showings here:

Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci and director Richard Eyre discuss their upcoming film 'The Children Act'. Subscribe to ►► Watch intervi...

The Nightlight Cinema is the smallest movie theater in town - and wants to keep it that way

We love our small theater and being a part of this powerful community. Thank you Zachariah Durr for making us smile and shedding light on our home. Brittney Dobish is the artistic director of Akron's only art house movie theater, the Nightlight. Its small size is a big asset when it comes to the unique experience you'll get when watching a movie.

You and your friends are coming to see the weekend screenings of Rebel Without A Cause (1955), right? Part of the Nightlight Film Society.

You have four chances to see this on the big screen! Saturday 10/13 at 1:00 PM, and 8:45 PM and Sunday 10/14 at 1:00 PM and 6:30 PM

Tickets are going fast and are still available! Come and spend your weekend with us!

An Art-House Experience at the Foot of the Rockies

We believe in America's Art Houses, more or less because we are part of a team that continues to have faith in the movie-going experience. Cinema has always brought together friends for a night on the town, exposed other businesses in a downtown area and continues to show impacting stories that create conversation.
We are proud of our friends over at the Roxy in Missoula Montana for setting an example. We want to be an anchor for our community. To our patron's; for the love of Cinema.

Check out the Roxy's story here: A vibrant movie theater in the college town of Missoula, Montana, takes the spotlight in the Criterion Channel series Art-House America.

"The Bicycle Thief" is so well-entrenched as an official masterpiece that it is a little startling to visit it again after many years and realize that it is still alive and has strength and freshness." Roger Ebert

Have you reserved your tickets yet to our October 18th event Spoke and Reel?

The Cinephile, $25.00 includes a specialty cocktail, a fashion expo on 1940's Italian fashion (yes we encourage you to dress like that era!)

The Socialite, $15.00 includes a specialty cocktail and the fashion expo, without the film.

Tickets are going fast, we have also added tickets for attendee's who only want to see the film (no drinks, no fashion expo)

"Eerie, strange, macabre! Lovers caught in a dark side of sinister terror!" and George Romero’s film about feminism in its Women’s Lib phase.

Late Friday Night's at the Nightlight in October are Women's themed horror titles!

We encourage you to take part in our bimonthly themed cult classics screenings from the American Genre Film Archive to see unheard of gems!

This Friday we screen Night Tide (1961) at 10:30 PM . While on shore leave, sailor Johnny Drake (Dennis Hopper) becomes enamored of Mora (Linda Lawson), a young woman who works as a "mermaid" at a sideshow attraction. But for Mora it's no act. She actually believes that she really is a mermaid who is destined to murder men on the night of a full moon. Drake is still captivated by the mysterious woman, however, and begins to suspect that her boss, Capt. Murdock (Gavin Muir), may have something to do with Mora's murderous thoughts.

Tickets for Night Tide are available now!

On October 26th we screen George Romero's film after Night of the Living Dead, Season of the Witch (1972) Jan White, an East Coast soap actress also commercial model sought out by Romero for the lead role, plays an upper-middle-class homemaker who’s defined almost entirely as a wife and mother, but those definitions have started to lose their meaning. Her husband is often away on business, and her college-age daughter pays no mind. Staring down middle age, Joan starts to wonder who she is, even though her dreams provide an answer she doesn’t want to hear.

Tickets will soon be available for Season of The Witch, tomorrow at noon!

"Rungano Nyoni’s debut feature, the story of a girl in Zambia accused of witchcraft, is comic, tragic – and captivatingly beautiful"- Mark Kermode, The Guardian,

Critics are captivated by this directorial debut, and we cannot wait for it to screen at the Nightlight this Friday.

Check out Mark's full review of I Am Not A Witch (2018) here:

Plan your weekend now with fantastic cinema and conversation :

"Whitney (2018) is a must see..."

"3 Places to sing from...heart, mind, guts. She learned them all." Kevin MacDonald's documentary shows Whitney Houston as the living legend that was, and the trials that come along with it.

Hear her story from the people who were closest to her, with limited showtimes starting this Friday!

[10/08/18]   "Whitney Houston broke more music industry records than any other female singer in history. With over 200 million album sales worldwide, she was the only artist to chart seven consecutive U.S. No. 1 singles. She also starred in several blockbuster movies before her brilliant career gave way to erratic behavior, scandals, and death at age 48. The documentary feature Whitney is an intimate, unflinching portrait of Houston and her family that probes beyond familiar tabloid headlines and sheds new light on the spellbinding trajectory of Houston's life. Using never-before-seen archival footage, exclusive demo recordings, rare performances, audio archives and original interviews with the people who knew her best, Oscar (R)-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald unravels the mystery behind "The Voice," who thrilled millions even as she struggled to make peace with her own troubled past."

For one week only starting this Friday 10/12 with limited screenings, we bring her story to the Nightlight.

Tickets and showtimes available here:

I Am Not A Witch (2018)

Next Friday 10/12 Rungano Nyoni's highly acclaimed debut film I Am Not A Witch (2018) arrives at the Nightlight Cinema.

After a minor incident in her village, nine-year-old Shula is exiled to a travelling witch camp where she is told that if she tries to escape she will be transformed into a white goat. As she navigates through her new life, she must decide whether to accept her fate or risk the consequences of seeking freedom.

"A remarkable, strange and politically potent first film."- Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post

"I Am Not a Witch approaches real-life injustices with a beguiling blend of sorrow, anger, and humor, marking debuting writer-director Rungano Nyoni as an exciting new talent."

Tickets are now available!

Emma Thompson plays Judge Fiona Maye as she is forced to question her beliefs when a teenager refuses cancer treatment because of his religion.

We open A24's The Children Act tonight at 6:45 PM and 9:00 PM!

Reserve your tickets here:

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It is your last chance to see Lizzie at the Nightlight tonight at 6:45PM and 9PM!

Reserve your tickets now!

On the Table serves up discussion on improving Akron-area communities

We were so proud to be amongst amazing advocates in our community. Thank you Akron Community Foundation for hosting such important conversations for #onthetable

The Nightlight looks for any opportunity to give back to its home city, and the community that structures it. It all starts here. NORTON — The informal conversation started with talk about what youths are doing after school.It veered into a discussion about drugs and addiction

The Nightlight Film Society Presents Rebel Without A Cause (1955)

"REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955) was enormously influential at the time, a milestone in the creation of new idea about young people." -Roger Ebert

The Nightlight Film Society presents 63 years after James Dean's tragic death, the unmissable Rebel Without A Cause (1955) directed by Nicholas Ray on October 13th and 14th

After moving to a new town, troublemaking teen Jim Stark (James Dean) is supposed to have a clean slate, although being the new kid in town brings its own problems. While searching for some stability, Stark forms a bond with a disturbed classmate, Plato (Sal Mineo), and falls for local girl Judy (Natalie Wood). However, Judy is the girlfriend of neighborhood tough, Buzz (Corey Allen). When Buzz violently confronts Jim and challenges him to a drag race, the new kid's real troubles begin.

Come and see this instrumental performance on the big screen at the Nightlight.

Tickets are available now!

The Nightlight Film Society's Halloween special, The Creature From the Black Lagoon will play Tuesday October 30th and on Halloween itself on October 31st.

Tickets are on sale now and will go fast!

"On the contrary, The Children Act is worth seeing precisely for the heat of the arguments that you can enjoy after the screening and, above all, for Emma Thompson."

Fans of Emma Thompson will see her in one of the greatest performances in her career.

Coming this Friday to the Nightlight Cinema,

Welcome October, Beetlejuice tickets are now on sale 💚🖤💚 @ The Nightlight

Custom content in the works based on the inspiration of our patrons and the magic of cinema. Thank you to Sarah Gott for the amazing gift I came upon in my office today. -Brittany @ The Nightlight

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Videos (show all)

Love, Gilda (2018)
HAL (2018)
Night Tide (1961)
"Whitney (2018) is a must see..."
I Am Not A Witch (2018)
The Nightlight Film Society Presents Rebel Without A Cause (1955)
The Children Act (2018)
LIZZIE (2018)
The Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival at the Nightlight Cinema
How to Make We The Animals in 60 Seconds
We The Animals (2018)






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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