Cinematheque Celebrates Its 32nd Anniversary With Special Screenings

Since 1986, the Cleveland Institute of Art & Cinematheque has been the go-to place to catch classic, indie and foreign films that the mainstream theaters don't give a crap about. This week, the theater celebrates its 32nd anniversary with a series of special screenings. 

 Three of the six flicks are exclusive Cleveland premieres, and two will be shown in old school analog 35mm film. One of only four venues in greater Cleveland that still has the capacity to project actual film, the Cinematheque regularly makes use of that ability. It would make Quentin Tarantino, a renowned advocate for the format, proud. 

 The schedule includes Saving Briton, a documentary about the long-lost films that Iowa farm boy William Franklin Brinton screened throughout the American heartland from 1897 until 1908. It screens at 8:50 p.m. on Thursday and at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. 

 That Summer, a foreign film from the guy who directed the terrific documentary The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975, offers a portrait of Jackie O's aunt and cousin Edith and Edie Beale (of Grey Gardens fame). It screens at 9:20 p.m. on Friday and at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. 

 At 5 p.m. on Saturday, the Cinematheque offers a special 35mm screening of Henri-Georges Clouzot's Manon, a drama about a young woman accused of being a Nazi collaboratorAt 7 p.m. on Saturday, another 35mm film, The Smallest Show on Earth, screens. The comedy centers on the shenanigans that take place at a run-down British theater that needs some serious renovation. 

 Tale of Cinema, the sixth film from revered South Korean filmmaker Hong Sang-soo, screens at 9:05 p.m. on Saturday and at 8:15 p.m. on Sunday. It's about two men who get involved with the same woman. 

 And finally, a new digital restoration of the obscure 1946 film That Brennan Girl, screens at 4:15 on Sunday. The movie centers on an unloved teenager (Mona Freeman) who picks up some pretty lame life lessons from her prostitute mother before she falls for a con man (James Dunn) and winds up becoming a bad mother herself.

 All the films will show in the Peter B. Lewis Theater of the Cleveland Institute of Art. Check the Cinematheque website,, for more information, including ticket prices.  — Jeff Niesel