Annual Membership

A community-driven organization, the Art Theater 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 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.

Membership Program:

The Art Theater Annual Membership Program directly supports the operational and programming growth of the Art Theater as a community-focused, patron driven, full service theatrical environment.

For a $50 annual fee, members are entitled to two free movie tickets, discounts on the Art Theater’s special event programming roster, free access for you and a guest to exclusive screenings, and 15% off your bill at Miga restaurant. Memberships expire one calendar year after purchase date, and can be easily renewed here. If you wish to pay in cash or check, you may renew in person at the theater.

The Art Theater is a program of the Art Film Foundation, an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. As such, your membership cost is fully tax-deductible under IRS guidelines.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are the benefits of membership?

When you purchase an Art Theater Annual membership you receive: 2 free movie tickets, discounts on special events, and free access for you and a guest to member screenings events, and 15% off your bill at Miga restaurant. These benefits renew every year you retain active membership status.

How long will my membership last?

Each membership is valid for one calendar year, beginning on the date of purchase.

How can I purchase a membership?

You can purchase a membership here. by visiting our website You may also purchase a membership at the Art Theater itself. Any staff member will be able to help you with your membership purchase.

When do I get my membership card? 

Anyone who purchases a membership will receive their membership card between 5-7 business days later. Your two free movie passes are electronically loaded onto your member card.

Do you offer household memberships?

We do not offer household memberships. Each membership is specific to the purchaser.

Does being a member entitled me to discounts on tickets or concessions?

The only tickets discounts available to members are on special event tickets. Membership does not entitle you to a discount on concessions.

Do I need my membership card to purchase tickets?

To purchase regular tickets you do not need your membership card. However, when purchasing special event tickets be sure to present your member card to receive your discounted admission price.

If I leave Champaign-Urbana, can I transfer my membership to another party?

Memberships are non-transferable.

Can I bring a non-member guest to member’s only events?

Yes. Each member is entitled to bring one non-member guest to members-only events.

How do I renew my membership?

You can renew your membership here.

What happens if I lose my membership card?

If you lose your membership card simply drop in to the theater and we can reissue you a new card with your same member number.

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