About Us

The Art Theater Co-op, currently housed in a 103-year-old movie theater in the heart of downtown Champaign, IL, is guided by its mission of “building community by preserving and promoting a space for the shared cinema experience.”

A community-driven organization, the Art Theater Co-op is a vibrant & welcoming space where audiences new & old can enjoy a classic cinema experience. Our mission is to cultivate engaged audiences for art house, independent, and foreign films. As the only independent theater in our community, we are committed to providing a dynamic environment of alternative theatrical exhibition. We regularly partner with local community groups, cultural institutions, and the University of Illinois & Parkland College communities to maintain program diversity through a broad range of cinema. A sample of these programs includes: the Essential Cinema series, which offers a global roster of must-see films from the history of cinema; Late Nights at the Art, which features new genre films and cult classics; the Brilliant Corners series, which screens experimental, documentary and other alternative film forms; and Women on Top, a monthly series dedicated to celebrating women directors. We host regular discussions, panels, and expert Q&As after screenings of films to celebrate the discussion of film. In recognition of our exceptional programming and commitment to community partnerships, the Art Theater Co-op was named an official member of the Sundance Institute’s Art House Project, joining some of the most prestigious independent art-house theaters in the country at the leading edge of innovative programming and cultural contribution.

We are located at:

The ART Theater Co-op
126 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820

Open 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

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