On Screen

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.

Current Series

WR: Mysteries of the Organism

“The Gay Left”: Homosexuality in the Era of Late Socialism

How do the ideologies of communism, socialism, and capitalism address sexual minorities? Including work from both sides of the Iron Curtain, “The Gay Left” brings multiple perspectives and historical moments into conversation in order to fight against forgetting.
History and Memory

If You Remember, I'll Remember

In conjunction with the exhibition If You Remember, I’ll Remember, curator Janet Dees will introduce two videos by artist Rea Tajiri that highlight very personal experiences of the internment of Japanese Americans during Word War II—History and Memory (1991) and Yuri Kochiyama: Passion for Justice (1994).
Super Up

Japanese Experimental Cinema—Between Protest and Performance, 1960-1975


Presented as a cinematic compliment to the Art Institute of Chicago’s contemporaneous exhibition, Provoke: Photography in Japan between Protest and Performance, 1960–1975, these three screenings provide an opportunity to explore the historical intersection of experimental filmmaking with documentary cinema traditions in a period of radical social and political change. Scholar and curator Hirasawa Gō, and director Masanori Oe, will be present for a discussion moderated by Professor Patrick Noonan.

Dreams Are Colder Than Death

Dreams Are Colder Than Death

What does it mean to be Black in America in the 21st century? In Dreams Are Colder than Death, director Arthur Jafa interviews a host of artistic visionaries, thought leaders and uncommon folks (including Kara Walker, Hortense Spillers, Fred Moten, Kathleen Cleaver, Charles Burnett, Wangechi Mutu, Saidiya Hartman, and Melvin Gibbs, among others) to find out


Unless otherwise noted:

  • $4.00 for Northwestern University faculty, staff and students with valid WildCARD; students from other schools with valid college/university ID; seniors 60 and older
  • $6.00 for the general public
  • $20.00 for a quarterly pass

Doors open thirty minutes prior to showtime. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please arrive early to purchase your tickets.

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