The Art Theater, and its parent organization the Art Film Foundation, strongly believe that cinema can foster community, dialogue, education, and positive change. To that end, the Art Theater is dedicated to the following vision as its guiding principles:
The Art Theater will always foster a vibrant community and welcoming space.
The Art Theater will be a place and space where audiences new and old enjoy a classic cinema experience.
The Art Theater will proactively cultivate, grow, and engage audiences for art house cinema.
The Art Theater will afford a place and space for local filmmakers find an audience.
The Art Theater will remain dedicated to growing and strengthening the cultural landscape of Champaign-Urbana.