The Nightlight

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.

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Due to technical difficulties, Jazz On A Summer’s Day is being rescheduled for a later date. Ticket holders have been no...
09/18/2021

Due to technical difficulties, Jazz On A Summer’s Day is being rescheduled for a later date. Ticket holders have been notified. We can’t wait to bring this classic back to the theater for a fantastic evening of music – we’ll keep you posted!

Due to technical difficulties, Jazz On A Summer’s Day is being rescheduled for a later date. Ticket holders have been notified. We can’t wait to bring this classic back to the theater for a fantastic evening of music – we’ll keep you posted!

Coming Soon! The Velvet Underground (2021) arrives at The Nightlight Cinema on 10/22The Velvet Underground explores the ...
09/17/2021

Coming Soon!
The Velvet Underground (2021) arrives at The Nightlight Cinema on 10/22

The Velvet Underground explores the multiple threads that converged to bring together one of the most influential bands in rock and roll.

"It's a dark, disturbing and glorious film about a dark, disturbing and glorious band, and another sign that Haynes knows how to put music onscreen in a way that few other directors do."

- Steve Pond, TheWrap

"A brilliantly told story, which causes hearts to soar and break in equal measure. Haynes' evocation of the band, and the time is vivid and loving. If you love music then you'll love this film."

- Jo-Anne Titmarsch, HeyUGuys

Coming Soon!
The Velvet Underground (2021) arrives at The Nightlight Cinema on 10/22

The Velvet Underground explores the multiple threads that converged to bring together one of the most influential bands in rock and roll.

"It's a dark, disturbing and glorious film about a dark, disturbing and glorious band, and another sign that Haynes knows how to put music onscreen in a way that few other directors do."

- Steve Pond, TheWrap

"A brilliantly told story, which causes hearts to soar and break in equal measure. Haynes' evocation of the band, and the time is vivid and loving. If you love music then you'll love this film."

- Jo-Anne Titmarsch, HeyUGuys

My Name is Pauli Murray provides a look at the life and ideas of non-binary Black lawyer, activist and poet Pauli Murray...
09/16/2021

My Name is Pauli Murray provides a look at the life and ideas of non-binary Black lawyer, activist and poet Pauli Murray who influenced both Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Thurgood Marshall.

Directed by the directors of RBG (2018)

Opening tomorrow at The Nightlight Cinema! Reserve your tickets now on nightlightcinema.com

My Name is Pauli Murray provides a look at the life and ideas of non-binary Black lawyer, activist and poet Pauli Murray who influenced both Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Thurgood Marshall.

Directed by the directors of RBG (2018)

Opening tomorrow at The Nightlight Cinema! Reserve your tickets now on nightlightcinema.com

Just added to The Nightlight’s schedule for this September. A handful of men search for rare, expensive and delicious wh...
09/15/2021

Just added to The Nightlight’s schedule for this September. A handful of men search for rare, expensive and delicious white Alba truffles deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy.

Two showtimes only!

Saturday 9/25 and Sunday 9/26

Tickets will be available on nightlightcinema.com

Just added to The Nightlight’s schedule for this September. A handful of men search for rare, expensive and delicious white Alba truffles deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy.

Two showtimes only!

Saturday 9/25 and Sunday 9/26

Tickets will be available on nightlightcinema.com

09/15/2021

They are one of the most influential figures in American 20th century history. It’s time you learn their name. My Name is Pauli Murray is coming to The Nightlight Cinema this Friday.

Fifteen years before Rosa Parks refused to surrender her bus seat, a full decade before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned separate-but-equal legislation, Pauli Murray was already knee-deep fighting for social justice. A pioneering attorney, activist, priest and dedicated memoirist, Murray shaped landmark litigation—and consciousness— around race and gender equity. As an African American youth raised in the segregated South— who was also wrestling with broader notions of gender identity—Pauli understood, intrinsically, what it was to exist beyond previously accepted categories and cultural norms. Both Pauli’s personal path and tireless advocacy foreshadowed some of the most politically consequential issues of our time. Told largely in Pauli’s own words, My Name is Pauli Murray is a candid recounting of that unique and extraordinary journey.

Tickets are available now on nightlightcinema.com

Join us at The Nightlight for a showing of The Lost Leonardo followed by a very special in-person Q&A with Producer Mark...
09/14/2021

Join us at The Nightlight for a showing of The Lost Leonardo followed by a very special in-person Q&A with Producer Mark Mitten, who happens to be Akron born and raised. Read below for more info on Mark and why you shouldn't miss this!

The Q&A will be taking place following the 6pm showing on Thursday 9/16 and following the 4pm showing on 9/18.

Mark Mitten is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning producer who has created a variety of media and entertainment projects.

His latest documentary, “The Lost Leonardo” about the painting that set a new record for most expensive painting ever sold at public auction, premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival to critical acclaim with 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer.

He also originated and produced the internationally acclaimed documentary “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” directed by Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”), which premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. “Abacus” was nominated for the 2018 Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary and was named best Political Documentary by the Critic’s Choice Awards. Mark is producing the feature version of “Abacus” with Participant Media (“Green Book”, “Roma”, “Spotlight”) and Justin Lin (“Fast and Furious”).

He was an executive producer on “Finding Yingying” which won the 2020 Chinese Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Documentary and was the executive producer and co-producer on Steve James’ Roger Ebert documentary, “Life Itself” which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was named as the best documentary of the year by the National Board of Review and the Producers Guild of America. Rotten Tomatoes rates it as the 4th best reviewed documentary of all-time.

In addition, Mark worked as a producer on Seasons 2 and 3 of “The Apprentice”, one the highest rated TV shows in history.

Mark is a graduate of Firestone High School, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University.

Join us at The Nightlight for a showing of The Lost Leonardo followed by a very special in-person Q&A with Producer Mark Mitten, who happens to be Akron born and raised. Read below for more info on Mark and why you shouldn't miss this!

The Q&A will be taking place following the 6pm showing on Thursday 9/16 and following the 4pm showing on 9/18.

Mark Mitten is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning producer who has created a variety of media and entertainment projects.

His latest documentary, “The Lost Leonardo” about the painting that set a new record for most expensive painting ever sold at public auction, premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival to critical acclaim with 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer.

He also originated and produced the internationally acclaimed documentary “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” directed by Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”), which premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. “Abacus” was nominated for the 2018 Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary and was named best Political Documentary by the Critic’s Choice Awards. Mark is producing the feature version of “Abacus” with Participant Media (“Green Book”, “Roma”, “Spotlight”) and Justin Lin (“Fast and Furious”).

He was an executive producer on “Finding Yingying” which won the 2020 Chinese Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Documentary and was the executive producer and co-producer on Steve James’ Roger Ebert documentary, “Life Itself” which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was named as the best documentary of the year by the National Board of Review and the Producers Guild of America. Rotten Tomatoes rates it as the 4th best reviewed documentary of all-time.

In addition, Mark worked as a producer on Seasons 2 and 3 of “The Apprentice”, one the highest rated TV shows in history.

Mark is a graduate of Firestone High School, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University.

This weekend we screen some of the most incredible music documentaries ever made at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens.Friday Sep...
09/13/2021

This weekend we screen some of the most incredible music documentaries ever made at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens.

Friday September 17th, Wim Wender’s impactful Buena Vista Social Club, a tribute to Cuban musicians, sponsored by @squarerecords

Saturday 9/18 Bert Stern’s Jazz on A Summer’s Day (1959) a glorious concert film set at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island sponsored by @rubbercityjazz

Both extremely vibrant films that are beautiful to experience, even more so with Stan Hywet’s gorgeous setting.

Immerse yourself in brilliant music and culture with us.

Tickets are available now on nightlightcinema.com

Such a great film for an art walk today @summitartspace The Lost Leonardo is Now Playing at The Nightlight Cinema. Reser...
09/10/2021

Such a great film for an art walk today @summitartspace

The Lost Leonardo is Now Playing at The Nightlight Cinema.

Reserve your tickets now on nightlightcinema.com

Such a great film for an art walk today @summitartspace

The Lost Leonardo is Now Playing at The Nightlight Cinema.

Reserve your tickets now on nightlightcinema.com

Art Walk is back! Shout out to @summitartspace for making it happen! The Lost Leonardo opens Friday night, come see the ...
09/10/2021

Art Walk is back! Shout out to @summitartspace for making it happen! The Lost Leonardo opens Friday night, come see the film after you eat food and enjoy art!

Happy 10th Anniversary @gcuffcleveland!!! Check out their lineup this year and go support!
09/09/2021

Happy 10th Anniversary @gcuffcleveland!!! Check out their lineup this year and go support!

Happy 10th Anniversary @gcuffcleveland!!! Check out their lineup this year and go support!

A message from our Executive Director:We at The Nightlight are doing everything we can to mitigate risk of COVID-19 expo...
09/07/2021

A message from our Executive Director:
We at The Nightlight are doing everything we can to mitigate risk of COVID-19 exposure at our theater. We have installed extraordinary air-purifying hvac upgrades, we have implemented a mask requirement, and our staff is fully vaccinated.

With this new variant and the rise of cases in Summit County, it is up to us to do our part in keeping the cinema experience safe. At this time, we are requiring proof of vaccine or a negative COVID-19 within the past 48 hours for all indoor events and screenings. You are able to show your card or a photo of your card on your phone along with a photo id.

This policy will be evaluated over time and changes will be made as needed. We value the safety and well-being of our staff, our patrons, our community. This policy is helping us mitigate risk to the best of our ability during this difficult time. This policy is the best way to keep The Nightlight on.

Thank you for supporting cinema,
Jenn

A message from our Executive Director:
We at The Nightlight are doing everything we can to mitigate risk of COVID-19 exposure at our theater. We have installed extraordinary air-purifying hvac upgrades, we have implemented a mask requirement, and our staff is fully vaccinated.

With this new variant and the rise of cases in Summit County, it is up to us to do our part in keeping the cinema experience safe. At this time, we are requiring proof of vaccine or a negative COVID-19 within the past 48 hours for all indoor events and screenings. You are able to show your card or a photo of your card on your phone along with a photo id.

This policy will be evaluated over time and changes will be made as needed. We value the safety and well-being of our staff, our patrons, our community. This policy is helping us mitigate risk to the best of our ability during this difficult time. This policy is the best way to keep The Nightlight on.

Thank you for supporting cinema,
Jenn

This Friday, Leave the Nightlight on…Meet your new favorite action hero. Throughout the 1980s, Black filmmaker and marti...
09/07/2021

This Friday, Leave the Nightlight on…

Meet your new favorite action hero. Throughout the 1980s, Black filmmaker and martial artist William Lee wrote, produced, directed, and starred in dozens of D.I.Y. action epics -- all shot on Super 8 in Ohio and New York City.

Treasure of The Ninja (1987) an inclusive and explosive work that serves as an inspiration for anyone who has an appreciation for spinning kicks and independent filmmaking.

Tickets are available now on nightlightcinema.com!

“The beauty of Tsai's approach, a taste worth acquiring, is the way he builds empathy for his characters by pulling us i...
09/07/2021

“The beauty of Tsai's approach, a taste worth acquiring, is the way he builds empathy for his characters by pulling us into their geographic, temporal, and by extension emotional space” - A.A. Dowd

Tsai Ming Liang’s Days is only here until Thursday at The Nightlight and is not to be missed.

Tickets are available on nightlightcinema.com

“The beauty of Tsai's approach, a taste worth acquiring, is the way he builds empathy for his characters by pulling us into their geographic, temporal, and by extension emotional space” - A.A. Dowd

Tsai Ming Liang’s Days is only here until Thursday at The Nightlight and is not to be missed.

Tickets are available on nightlightcinema.com

Michael K. Williams (1966-2021)
09/07/2021

Michael K. Williams (1966-2021)

Michael K. Williams (1966-2021)

Jean Paul Belmondo (1933-2021)
09/06/2021

Jean Paul Belmondo (1933-2021)

Jean Paul Belmondo (1933-2021)

Thank you to everyone who came out this weekend!
09/06/2021

Thank you to everyone who came out this weekend!

Thank you to everyone who came out this weekend!

09/05/2021
Tonight’s themed drink courtesy of @stanhywet
09/05/2021

Tonight’s themed drink courtesy of @stanhywet

Tonight’s themed drink courtesy of @stanhywet

Do you have your Multipass ready??? The skies have cleared and there are still tickets left for The Fifth Element tonigh...
09/05/2021

Do you have your Multipass ready??? The skies have cleared and there are still tickets left for The Fifth Element tonight at Stan Hywet! Gates at 7 – film begins at 8! There will be concessions available and a bar provided by Stan Hywet. https://nightlightcinema.wildapricot.org/events

The opening-night title at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element has become arguably the most influential science fiction film of the 1990s. Written by Besson when he was sixteen, and inspired by French underground comic-book artists Jean “Moebius” Giraud and Jean-Claude Mézières, who would go on to help create the film’s award-winning design, it follows Korben Dallas (Willis), a down-on-his-luck flying-cab driver, as he encounters Leeloo (Jovovich). As the human form of the “fifth element,” Leeloo is the key to stopping an ancient evil force from destroying Earth, so Dallas embarks on an intergalactic adventure to collect the five elements and thwart the apocalypse. Boundlessly energetic, with exuberant performances by Gary Oldman and Chris Tucker and costumes by Jean-Paul Gaultier, The Fifth Element envisioned a bright, “cheerfully crazy” future, paving the way for the return of colorful, glee-filled sci-fi to the big screen.

The theater is closed today and tomorrow for Labor Day however we’ll be at @stanhywet tonight for The Nightlight Under t...
09/05/2021

The theater is closed today and tomorrow for Labor Day however we’ll be at @stanhywet tonight for The Nightlight Under the Stars showing of The Fifth Element! Tickets still available at https://nightlightcinema.wildapricot.org/events

We’ll be back in the theater on Tuesday 🖤🎞🖤

The theater is closed today and tomorrow for Labor Day however we’ll be at @stanhywet tonight for The Nightlight Under the Stars showing of The Fifth Element! Tickets still available at https://nightlightcinema.wildapricot.org/events

We’ll be back in the theater on Tuesday 🖤🎞🖤

Tickets still available for Sunset Boulevard (1950) – outdoors, tonight at Stan Hywet. As @coryseashell put it – It's po...
09/04/2021

Tickets still available for Sunset Boulevard (1950) – outdoors, tonight at Stan Hywet.
As @coryseashell put it – It's possibly the greatest movie Hollywood ever made about Hollywood, and I couldn't think of a better setting.

Tickets still available at https://nightlightcinema.wildapricot.org/events

Tickets still available for Sunset Boulevard (1950) – outdoors, tonight at Stan Hywet.
As @coryseashell put it – It's possibly the greatest movie Hollywood ever made about Hollywood, and I couldn't think of a better setting.

Tickets still available at https://nightlightcinema.wildapricot.org/events

09/04/2021

Our delightful pre-show animation by @coryseashell

Here are details for the Stan Hywet showings this weekend!Front gates open at 7 – that’s when we start letting people in...
09/03/2021

Here are details for the Stan Hywet showings this weekend!

Front gates open at 7 – that’s when we start letting people in. Park in the main lot. The entrance will be in front of the greenhouse – you’ll see us under the tent!

Feel free to bring your own chairs if you’d prefer! We want you to be comfy! We will have plastic outdoor chairs with arms provided. The ground may be a bit muddy, so we recommend sitting on chairs. If you’re up for adventure and prefer to sit on a blanket, there may be additional space off to the sides so your view isn’t blocked:)

There will be concessions provided by Stan Hywet – no outside food or drink permitted. It will be chilly, dress cozy!

Tonight’s show is completely sold out! There will not be tickets available at the door however there are other showings coming up that still have tickets 😉

Thanks in advance for joining us! Say hello, buy a shirt, have a drink, get cozy, and most importantly – enjoy the show!

Here are details for the Stan Hywet showings this weekend!

Front gates open at 7 – that’s when we start letting people in. Park in the main lot. The entrance will be in front of the greenhouse – you’ll see us under the tent!

Feel free to bring your own chairs if you’d prefer! We want you to be comfy! We will have plastic outdoor chairs with arms provided. The ground may be a bit muddy, so we recommend sitting on chairs. If you’re up for adventure and prefer to sit on a blanket, there may be additional space off to the sides so your view isn’t blocked:)

There will be concessions provided by Stan Hywet – no outside food or drink permitted. It will be chilly, dress cozy!

Tonight’s show is completely sold out! There will not be tickets available at the door however there are other showings coming up that still have tickets 😉

Thanks in advance for joining us! Say hello, buy a shirt, have a drink, get cozy, and most importantly – enjoy the show!

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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.

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Got this in my emails today, I hope the Nightlight is one of the locations benefiting from this: Dear Criterion Community, There are more than 150 independent local art-house cinemas all across the country that are on the brink. Closed to slow the spread of COVID-19, cut off from ticket revenue and relying on gift certificate sales and online rentals, these nonprofits and small businesses have already had to cut their budgets to the bone. Without immediate assistance, many are just going to run out of money before substantial government aid kicks in. We can't let the few theaters that still play foreign, classic, art-house, and independent films die off as a result of this crisis. On Monday evening, Janus Films and the Criterion Collection contributed $25,000 each to establish the Art-House America Campaign, a fund to offer immediate assistance paying essential bills and key non-executive staff salaries. Most theaters will benefit from grants of $2,500 or more. We’re off to a good start, with more than 500 small donors having already contributed an additional $35,000—but there are hundreds of theaters in need, so the campaign can use all the help you can offer. Even a small gift could enable a theater to extend employment for a projectionist or a programmer, or pay critical bills. Please give what you can, and please leave a comment to inspire others to understand how essential these theaters are to our culture. No one knows better than the Criterion community why movies matter. Please help independent cinemas survive!
This page seems like such a great community of people, and as a fellow cinema lover I can appreciate the dedication to advancing cinema. One of my goals recently has been to watch more independent films and support more independent filmmakers, so I thought I’d leave you all with an indie sci-fi/thriller film I watched recently called Empathy, Inc. It involves a recently broke venture capitalist who entangles himself with a startup tech company that has invented a new technology known as Xtreme Virtual Reality. The film is definitely inspired by shows like The Twilight Zone and Black Mirror, so if that interests you at all, feel free to check the trailer out on YouTube! Also, if you have any indie film recommendations, feel free to let me know.
Might you have any plans to show 1917? It is supposedly released today (Christmas day), but I literally cannot find a single Ohio venue that is showing it.
I need your help! As a WGA member, I am privileged to be voting for the nominees for Best Screenplay (Original and Adapted) for the WGA Awards. Problem is, I haven't seen a lot of stuff yet this year (I usually go on a run during award season). So I need your help! What movies do you recommend I vote for for Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay. Pretty much all films released in 2019 are eligible. I can vote for 5 in each category. I'm already going to vote for JoJo Rabbit since I've seen that and loved it. But any other suggestions are welcome!
Will you show the new film "Dolemite Is My Name" (which has a Cleveland connection)?
Will you be getting the Linda Ronstadt documentary?
Nightlight people. SEE THIS MOVIE
I had asked about Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love - any chance we will get to see this Roadside Attractions film in your theater? I haven't been able to find a single showtime anywhere in the world, even though it is supposed to start showing on July 5th. I'm desperate to see it.
Are you going to be showing "Marianne and Leonard Word of Love"? Please say yes!
I know it's unlikly due to the limited release on only two dates, but is there any possibility that you might be able to have any showings of "They Shall not Grow Old" in the near future?
Will The Favourite be coming to the best theater in Akron?