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What is the IU Cinema?

The Indiana University Cinema is a world-class facility and curatorial program that is dedicated to the scholarly study and highest standards of exhibition of film in both its traditional and modern forms, advancing the University’s long-standing commitment to excellence, research, and public engagement in the arts by providing educational, entertaining, and enriching cinematic experiences. This is your place for film!

When are screenings and how do I find out what you are showing?

The best way is to visit our website (like you are doing now!) at, www.cinema.indiana.edu. Our calendar can be found at www.cinema.indiana.edu/calendar. You can also call the CINE hotline at 812-856-CINE to hear about this week’s showings, learn about parking, or connect with a staff member.

How many screenings are shown per semester?

Each fall and spring semesters, we screen more than 100 film titles, host dozens of filmmakers, scholars, and actors, and present other unique cinematic experiences. Over the summer, we typically have four screenings a week, and we are dark in the months of June and July for maintenance and other administrative activities.

What kinds of movies do you show?

Everything! We show documentaries, comedies, foreign-language films, cult classics, sneak peeks of new releases, classic films, and everything in between. Whoever you are and whatever you like, the IU Cinema has something for you!

What does THX Certified mean?

THX Certification is proof that the performance of this cinema meets a set of very high presentation standards. THX Certification is for the Cinema itself—not the movies shown at the venue.
THX Certification means that what you see and hear will be an accurate representation of what the filmmaker saw and heard during postproduction. This is because:

  • The architectural design and construction of the venue conform to best practices, resulting in a space with excellent sight lines and acoustics.
  • System components like projectors, sound processors, amplifiers, and loudspeakers all meet a very high standard, and are appropriate for the venue.
  • System components were correctly installed and calibrated.
  • The venue passed a number of technical tests that measure system performance.
  • Certification is renewed annually, to ensure that the cinema continues to meet or exceed the THX standard.
How does a THX Certified Cinema differ from a home theatre with THX Certified products?

THX Certification on a home-theatre product means that that product meets a high set of standards for less-demanding consumer applications.

While using THX Certified products in the home would be a fine choice, doing so would not automatically guarantee that the overall system will perform to the THX Cinema standard, because the following factors must also be taken into account:

  • Strict architectural design and construction requirements must be satisfied before a professional cinema can earn THX Certification. For example, the design must aim to yield excellent acoustics, and the size of the screen must be appropriate for the size of the venue.
  • The equipment selected must be correctly matched to the technical demands of the application. For example, our amplifiers and loudspeakers are capable of filling our space with clear, distortion-free sound – even at very high levels. During planning stages, THX reviewed and approved the selection of these products. Likewise, the consumer must consider all aspects of the project, and then carefully select the best match from the numerous THX certified amplifiers, speakers, etc.
  • Finally, all THX Certified Cinemas are calibrated and tested to ensure that the actual construction of the space and the integration of the components work together to produce a result that meets or exceeds the THX performance standard.
  • Certification must be renewed annually. This ensures that any changes to the space and/or system do not negatively impact system performance.

For more information check out this link.

What if a movie is too loud or too soft?

Film is a creative medium. There are no absolutes. Just as visual design and narrative content are subject to a filmmaker’s taste, the same is true for its soundtrack. The dynamic range of modern film soundtracks is considerable—the filmmaker can choose to increase the level of music and sound effects far above that of normal dialogue. Loudness is subjective. What a director deems “perfect” may be “too loud” for your taste. By the same token, another patron may think it should be even louder!

IU Cinema is a calibrated environment. Our top priority is to present films as they were meant to be experienced. The acoustic response characteristics conform to a standard that is set by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE). Professional mixing studios (called “dubbing theatres” or “dub stages”) also conform to SMPTE standards. As a result, there is a close match between what we hear in the theater versus what the filmmaker(s) heard when the soundtrack was finalized. THX Certification is proof that the venue complies with SMPTE standards for both picture and sound.

As to the limited volume control we have, most filmmakers and audio professionals agree that dialogue is the most critical sound component of the motion picture soundtrack. So, when our projection crew tests a film before it is publicly screened, they are primarily focused on the intelligibility of normal, spoken dialogue (not shouts, screams, or whispers). Turning the volume up and down for different scenes is not an option, as raising the playback level for quiet scenes and lowering it for loud passages would amount to compressing the dynamic range of the work and remixing the soundtrack.

What can I do if I think the movie is too loud or too soft?

If a movie is too loud for your taste, by all means let us know. If many people complain, we will likely make an adjustment. However, we feel it would be wrong to presume that one person’s opinion applies to all patrons.

It is also worth observing that the perceived level will be lowest at the rear of the cinema, getting louder as one approaches the screen. Where you sit makes a difference, so we suggest that whenever possible, consider choosing a seat in the theater that corresponds with your preferences.

How do you select the films you screen?

Within our mission, IU Cinema strives to satisfy multiple audiences. We are trying to be Bloomington’s arthouse cinema, provide film festival-like experiences on an ongoing basis (which includes an abundance of visiting filmmakers), support the work of IUB students and alumni, and be academically relevant. Every semester we set aside dozens of slots for academic and community partnerships. Organizations and departments submit applications to be considered for these screenings, and our Program Advisory Board chooses those partnerships each semester. During that process, we are also in communication with the filmmakers who will visit the IU Cinema, scheduling dates and films shown. For more information, check out this link.

After those two elements are in place, we program the films in our continuing series (Monday Matinee Classics, International Arthouse Films, CINEKids, etc.). Only after we have satisfied these parts of our program do we see if there is room for any “extras!”

Why is the program book arranged by series instead of chronologically?

We believe that one of the most important aspects of the IU Cinema is its carefully-curated programming. Often in partnership with our collaborators, we typically formulate a series to elucidate a topic, examine the craft of a filmmaker, inspect different sides of the same story, and/or expand the horizons of our audiences. This careful curation is less apparent when the connected films are in separate places in the book. We encourage you to utilize the calendar view in the back of the program book if you prefer a chronological format.

Why do you show new films so much earlier or later than the commercial movie theaters?

Films shown EARLIER than commercial movie theaters are typically “sneak previews.” Occasionally, the IU Cinema has the opportunity to show a movie a week or so before its national release. Because the film studio gives us these “sneaks” to increase their own advertising, there is no cost for admission. A sneak preview is shown only once, and the film studio typically requires us to hand out passes a week before the preview. It is very important to note that a pass does not guarantee admission to the film. To ensure that we have a full house, we are required to give out more passes than the theater can accommodate. When you show up to the theater, you can exchange your pass for an admission ticket, which does guarantee admission to the film.

Films are sometimes shown LATER than commercial movie theaters for many reasons, including scheduling (for instance, a filmmaker might only be able to visit a particular week, which is then blocked out for his/her films), our desire not to compete with other movie theaters in town, or because we as a non-profit theater might not be allowed to show a particular film during its commercial run. Each studio or distributor has their own way of dealing with university cinemas like the IU Cinema.

Why do you show fewer films during the summer and during IU breaks?

As an IU entity, we are dark on campus holidays. In addition, we are dark the months of June and July for needed maintenance, training, and administrative work in the Cinema (just changing all the lightbulbs out takes about a week).

Is the IU Cinema ADA accessible?

Yes! We have a ground-level elevator entry, wheelchair-accessible seating, companion seats, and hearing assist devices. Please let our staff know if there is anything we can do to help you. You can also email iucinema@indiana.edu or call 812-856-CINE to let us know ahead of time that you will be arriving with special needs.

I’m not an IU student. Can I come to the IU Cinema?

The IU Cinema is for students, community members, IU faculty/staff, children, adults, teenagers, you name it! This is your place for film!

How much are tickets?

More than half of our screenings are free of charge to everyone. The remainder are typically either $4 or $4 for IUB students/$7 for non-students. Occasionally we show a special event with a higher cost. Please note that you WILL need tickets for all IU Cinema screenings, even those that are free of charge, unless otherwise noted. You can find out the ticket price for your screening when you click on the title at www.cinema.indiana.edu/calendar.

How do you get tickets?

We offer ticket purchases in three ways:
1) Online, through www.cinema.indiana.edu/tickets. Note that there is a $1 surcharge per ticket on online orders.
2) At the IU Auditorium Box Office using their guidelines and procedures, listed below.
3) In the lobby of the IU Cinema, one hour before each film screening.

How do I get tickets at the IU Auditorium Box Office?

The IU Auditorium Box Office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Box Office is closed on weekends, national holidays, the week of IU spring break, and during the IU winter break.
During most days the Box Office is open, patrons are permitted to park on the front curb of the Auditorium for up to 15 minutes in order to purchase tickets. When passing the parking attendant in front of the Indiana Memorial Union on 7th St., simply let him or her know that you are purchasing tickets and you should be waved through.

Do I need to get a ticket for someone who does not need a seat (child in arms, person in a wheelchair, willing to stand, etc.)?

All patrons, including infants, must have a valid ticket for all ticketed events at IU Cinema. This allows us to adhere to fire code and keep track of the number of patrons present in the auditorium during all events.

If I want to bring a large group, can I pick up tickets for everybody at the same time?

For paid events, yes, but for free events, you will need to go through a special process—there is a limit of four tickets per person for each free event. This is to give everybody who wants to attend a chance to get their ticket. If you have a class, club, or large group that wishes to attend a free event, please email us at iucinema@indiana.edu or call 812-856-CINE and press 4 to be connected to a staff member. We would be delighted to help!

When do tickets go on sale?

Tickets for each semester’s programs are available for in-person and online sales by the first day of classes for that semester. In spring semester, due to the University holiday break, online ticket sales may open before in-person sales. Specific ticket on-sale dates will be announced in our weekly email list, on our website cinema.indiana.edu, and via IU Cinema’s social-media channels.

Where do I park if I don’t have an IU parking pass?

If you are a regular attendee of IU events, we highly recommend you consider purchasing an Auditorium (AU) permit, available for the 2017–2018 year at $32 for July–June. It allows you to park free of charge in any non-“24-Hour Tow Zone” EM-P, EM-S, or ST space on evenings and weekends of IU Auditorium, IU Theater, Musical Arts Center, or IU Cinema events. This would allow you to park anywhere in the upper level of the Jordan Avenue garage (without paying an hourly rate), the lower level of the Jordan Avenue garage, or in many of the surface lots near the Cinema. Please note, however, that these passes are NOT valid for Monday–Friday matinee screenings.

Parking is available near the IU Cinema on the top level of the Jordan Avenue Garage. Fees are listed below. Please note, however, that at this time, some spots on the top level of the Jordan Avenue parking garage are designated ‘EM-P’ spots (the north, west, and east perimeters and the first internal row on the north side) and are therefore reserved for people with parking passes. From Friday at 6 p.m. through Monday at 7 a.m., non-24 hour spots in all parking lots are open to all visitors.

How much is it to park in the Jordan Avenue garage?

Monday–Friday (until 5 p.m.): Rates begin at $1.50 for 30 minutes and max at $26 for after 3 ½ hours.
Maximum of $10 for vehicles entering after 5 p.m.
Friday (after 5 p.m.) – Sunday: Free

I parked to see a film and got a ticket! What do I do?

Most people who spend time on campus make a mistake at some point and find that yellow envelope tucked under their windshield. First, note why the spot was illegal and try to avoid parking there next time. Note that at this time, some spots in the Jordan Avenue parking garage are designated ‘EM-P’ spots (the north, west, and east perimeters and the first internal row on the north side) and are therefore reserved for people with ‘EM-P’ parking passes. Second, if you believe your citation was issued in error, you can submit a citation appeal within 14 days of the day the citation was issued at http://www.parking.indiana.edu.

Where’s the concessions stand?

The IU Cinema does not sell any concessions, in accordance with our strict “No Food or Drink” policy, excepting bottled water.

Why can’t I bring my own popcorn?

We take great pride in our facility, and not allowing food or drink helps it remain in near-pristine condition. We also feel that this policy creates a better environment for the audience to become immersed in the films. Please respect this policy and enjoy the advantages it entails!

What if the event is sold out?

If all tickets have been issued for a free event, IU Cinema will recognize a standby line before the film starts and will fill empty seats before the film begins. No standby line is recognized for sold-out paid events. Please note that in a sold-out situation, patrons are only guaranteed a seat if they have been seated at least five minutes before the screening is scheduled to begin. In most situations, we are able to get nearly all standby patrons in seats.

How do I get your amazing weekly email newsletter, telling me about everything that is happening at the Cinema that week?

Go to this link and sign up in the box on the right side. We’ll take care of it after that!

Please feel free to call (812-856-CINE) or email us if you have any further questions. We look forward to seeing you at the Indiana University Cinema!