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Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque

Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the Cinematheque is widely regarded as one of the best repertory cinemas in the country, yet it operates in relative obscurity in its hometown. (To wit: Even The New York Times recently acknowledged their greatness.) They're your one-stop-shop for an inconceivably wide range of movies: from "mainstream" art house stuff you won't find elsewhere in town to weeks-long celebrations of fantastic filmmakers from across the globe. The Cinematheque goes to great lengths to procure restored versions of foreign films and aged classics, often taking them out on loan from embassies or other film conservatories. It's a labor of love for founding director John Ewing, a cinematic treasure hunter who drops the spoils of his quest at your feet every week.

11141 East Blvd., Cleveland, 216-421-7450, cia.edu/cinematheque

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