The Nightlight Cinema
The Nightlight is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit movie theater dedicated to advancing cinema and community in tandem. Our presence has made cinema a fundamental part of the Akron art scene and that of surrounding communities. Through prolific, high-caliber programming, and the vitality of those behind the operations of cinema, we build meaningful, individual experiences that enhance the lives of our patrons.
The Nightlight Cinema developed from Akron Film+Pixel, which founder Rob Lucas started as “The Akron Independent Film Festival” in 2002 as a student at the University of Akron. He operated the event at UA’s Student Center that year and the next. Through 2006-2007 the UA student filmmaking organization “The 2380 Project” hosted the festival at the Student Union Theater.
In September 2007, a brand-new team, including Steve Felix, Mike Honeck, Kendra Minadeo, Rob Lucas, and Sara Lucas, incorporated the festival and achieved 501(c)3 nonprofit status. The resultant 2008 fest, hosted by the Bang and the Clatter Theatre in the Summit Artspace, was our largest success yet thanks to the turnout of filmmakers and film buffs from Akron and beyond.
In 2011, to match the changing medium, we became “Akron Film+Pixel.” Later that year, we took office on the renovated second floor of the Summit Artspace. Our programs at the Akron Art Museum became monthly, and we sought to open our full-time venue. With the opening of The Nightlight in mid-2014 thanks to funding from Knight Foundation, GAR Foundation, The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, and patrons, we are now a renown art house cinema.