Block's in house cinema screens classic and contemporary films and is dedicated to providing the Northwestern campus, the North Shore and Chicago with a quality venue for cinema. The Block's cinema is sponsored in part by a generous gift from James B. Pick and Rosalyn M. Laudati.

Doors open thirty minutes prior to showtime. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Films are screened in the Block Museum’s Pick-Laudati Auditorium. See Directions and Parking for information on how to get to the Museum. Parking is free in the lot south of the Block after 4 p.m. weekdays and all day on weekends.

Current Series

The Rabbit Hunt

New Docs

A film series surveying the contemporary field of professional documentary with filmmakers present for Q&A. Co-presented by Northwestern’s MFA in Documentary Media program.
Salamander Syncope

Dig This! Films By Hamid Naficy

“Dig This” is the first public presentation of four newly preserved film and video works made between 1969 and 1971 by Northwestern University professor of film and media studies, Dr. Hamid Naficy. Made during the heyday of the counterculture movement in southern California, they provide insight into the social and political concerns of the time.
Inextinguishable Fire

Inextinguishable Fire: Retrospective of filmmaker Harun Farocki (1944-2014)


Over his 50+ year career, German documentary filmmaker and essayist Harun Farocki's films made astute and brilliant observations of the contradictions of German society, politics, and economics, and how these national issues are situated in a global context. This quickly distinguished him as a unique and passionate critical voice in world cinema. The film series Inextinguishable Fire provides a concise introduction to the work of this prolific artist through a representative cross-section of his films, from his rebellious 1960’s agit-prop short films to later works—biting critiques of the media, consumerist society, and representations of war. 

Presented in collaboration with the Goethe Institut and the Northwestern Department of German