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Cinestudio was founded in 1970 by a group of students at Trinity College. The students converted a large lecture hall in the college’s Clement Chemistry Building into a recreation of a 1930s film house. The theater was created as a cooperative, with students overseeing all aspects of the theater’s operation. Cinestudio made its mark early by showing controversial films and debuting future cult classics, including The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Cinestudio has continued largely as a cooperative operation. Two founding members, James Hanley and Peter McMorris, have guided the theater since its inception and now manage its day-to-day operation, including all nightly projection. A staff of approximately 50 student and community volunteers run showings seven days a week.

In 2002, Cinestudio incorporated as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arts organization. The theater now is independent of Trinity College, although it still occupies space in the college’s chemistry building.

In 2007, the theater’s ticket booth was renamed the Fred Pfeil Memorial Ticket Booth in honor of late Trinity College professor and long-time Cinestudio volunteer and board member, Fred Pfeil.

Upcoming Events at Cinestudio


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Recent News

Lots of films on screen At Cinestudio

MOONAGE DAYDREAM Oct. 21 -Oct. 27 Moonage Daydream is an unconventional take on the life and genius of David Bowie, one of the most creative and influential artists of our time. But for many, Bowie was more than a songwriter and performer: he…

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What's Up Next At Cinestudio - June 4, 2022

In-Person Feature Films @ Cinestudio CLICK HERE FOR THE COMPLETE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA Friday, June 17 -Thursday, June 23 with a special Tuesday 3pm matinee Book Tickets Online TOP GUN: MAVERICK Coming later in June …

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What's Up Next At Cinestudio

Last chance to see TALE OF KING CRAB Wednesday, June 1 & Thursday, June 2 @ 7:30 pm ITALIAN CINEMA: NEW RELEASE The Tale of King Crab delighted audiences at the Cannes Film Festival who hailed its mix of Italian folklore and the…

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What's Playing at Cinestudio

EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE Friday, April 22 - Thursday, April 28 Directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, collectively known as Daniels, the film is a hilarious and big-hearted sci-fi action adventure about an exhausted Chinese…

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Cinestudio Weekly Newsletter January 27, 2022

Parallel Mothers New Release! Friday, January 28- Thursday, February 3 Mid-pandemic, Penelope Cruz got a promise from her eight-time collaborator Pedro Almodóvar: “I am writing something for you.” What he wrote resulted in a…

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Reminder: On Screen at Cinestudio

Covid-19 Health and Safety Policy Those coming to Cinestudio will need to comply with Trinity College’s requirement that those 12 years of age or older be “Fully Vaccinated”. Proof of vaccination with ID is required at the box…

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Cinestudio Paradiso: Celebrating Cinestudio’s 50th Anniversary in Italy March 17th - March 27th 2022

Cinestudio supporters in celebrating our theater's 50th Anniversary with a trip to Italy! We will experience the food, culture and history of cinema as we travel through Turin, Bologna, Florence, and Rome. Italian cinema has always been important to…

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Cinestudio News - Welcome Our New Executive Director: Lew Michaels

“I am honored and humbled to be joining Cinestudio as its next Executive Director. Cinestudio has been a leader in the art of cinema and a beloved institution in the Greater Hartford community for more than 50 years. I look forward to building…

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Cinestudio Weekly Newsletter July 7, 2021

MILKWATER THU, JUL 8 - 7:30 Shot on location in Brooklyn, Morgan Ingari’s first film is funny, bittersweet and lives in the sweet spot of the changing zeitgeist. Molly Bernard (Younger) plays Milo, a single New Yorker who feels less…

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Connecticut 34th LGBTQ Film Festival!

Welcome to the 34th Connecticut LGBTQ Film Festival! At this year's festival, which runs for a full 10 days from June 4-13, you can enjoy a wide variety of in-person screenings at Cinestudio. Click Here for More…

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Promising Young Women

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Cinestudio : Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM (R) FRI APR 30 - 7:30 SAT MAY 1 - 2:30 & 7:30 The final performance of 43-year-old Chadwick Boseman, in a film based on the play by August Wilson is a cinematic event that deserves to be seen on the big screen. Viola…

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April In Paris 2021

APRIL IN PARIS 2021 Grâce au Cinéma… Welcome back to April in Paris, the Festival of French and Francophone Cinema that for 21 years has announced the arrival of Spring to Hartford! After having to cancel last year, we are…

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Cinestudio : Wonder Woman 1984

We’ve had to wait far too long for the pandemic-delayed release in 4K to cinemas of Wonder Woman 84, but right now it’s breezy, uplifting (and badass) heroine is just what the doctor ordered. First thrilling (especially female) fans in…

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Happy Holidays from Cinestudio - December 15, 2020

We write today to wish you well and to invite you to spend some of your holiday season with us at Cinestudio. We know this December feels anything but normal, so to get you in the holiday spirit we are proud to bring you at least one holiday…

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