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MFAH Films Overview
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The film exhibition program at the MFAH offers moviegoers a unique venue for appreciating both classic and contemporary films. These screenings include premieres of significant new independent productions. Films are often presented within a theme that focuses on a certain country or region, a specific actor or director, or a particular topic.

In conjunction with the film screenings, the Museum frequently schedules appearances by media artists, critics, and scholars, whose perspectives add fresh insights.

The mission of the MFAH film department is to exhibit and promote film and other moving image as a fine and popular art to the broadest possible audience. In furtherance of its mission, the department’s goals are to introduce and/or expose audiences to the genius of the moving image; to deliver state-of-the-art presentation; to respond to an evolving medium; to stimulate communication and/or dialogue through the shared experience of watching films and video on a big screen; and to inspire the next generation to value film and other screen arts.

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MFAH Films Calendar

Pick up the latest issue of the printed MFAH Films calendar on your next Museum visit! Calendars are also available at coffee shops, bookstores, movie theaters, and restaurants around town.

December 2015/January 2016/February 2016

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Brown Auditorium Theater

The film exhibition program at the MFAH presents more than 200 screenings annually. The Museum is the oldest repertory cinema in Houston and has sponsored the exhibition of film since 1939. Brown Auditorium Theater, designed by renowned Bauhaus architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, opened in the mid-1970s and screenings have been presented continuously ever since.

This unique venue offers a superb movie-going experience with stadium seating, Dolby digital sound, and projection capabilities ranging from 35mm reel-to-reel to state-of-the-art digital formats. It was named Houston’s “Best Place to See Vintage Flicks” by the Houston Press two years in a row. The Museum’s film program was honored by the Houston Film Critics Society in 2008 and the Cinema Arts Festival Houston in 2010.

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Celebrate at the Movies with MFAH Films

Make your next special event even more memorable by inviting your guests to join you. Brown Auditorium Theater is an acoustically pleasing venue, designed in the Bauhaus style, and is the perfect place to impress guests and enchant loved ones.

Select a screening from the MFAH film schedule as the backdrop to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion. For a $500 contribution, you will receive:

• Complimentary tickets for your entourage
• On-screen and verbal acknowledgments of your event
• A swag bag with unique, film-related items

For all the details, contact the MFAH film department at or 713.639.7531.

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Mailing Address
P.O. Box 6826
Houston, TX 77265-6826

Street Address
1001 Bissonnet Street
Houston, Texas 77005

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Supporters of MFAH Films

Underwriting for the film department is provided by:


Salle and James Vaughn

Generous funding is provided by
Nina and Michael Zilkha
James V. Derrick
The ILEX Foundation
Franci Neely
Lynn S. Wyatt

Additional generous support is provided by
L'Alliance Française de Houston
The French Embassy/French Cultural Services
Chao Center for Asian Studies
Turkish Cultural Foundation
Sylvia and Gordon Quan
Raquel and Andrew Segal
Ms. Geraldine C. Gill
Catherine and Cenk Ozdogan
Texan-French Alliance for the Arts
Mrs. Joan Schnitzer Levy
The Consulate General of Israel to the Southwest

Ultimate Film Buffs
Catherine Brown
Ms. Lois C. Chiles and Mr. Richard Gilder
Susie and Sanford Criner
James V. Derrick
Lacey Neuhaus Dorn and Tucker Dorn
Karen Fang
Mr. and Mrs. Carlos Fernandez
Martha and Richard Finger
Neil Goldstein
Ms. Melanie Gray and Mr. Mark Wawro
Mr. and Mrs. Meredith J. Long
Gail Merel and Chris Dack
Franci Neely
Catherine and Cenk Ozdogan
Raquel and Andrew Segal
Mr. James Harold Taylor
Gary Tinterow and Christopher Gardner
Salle and James Vaughn
Lynn S. Wyatt
Nina and Michael Zilkha

Houston’s Film Organizations

The culture of art and film in Houston is enriched by the work and dedication of film organizations and theaters. In 2011, the Houston community grew with the addition of Sundance Cinemas in downtown Houston. At the grand opening preview, Robert Redford welcomed guests with this video greeting. He elaborates on the culture of film in Houston thanks to efforts of organizations such as the MFAH film department and Houston Cinema Arts Society.

The MFAH wishes to acknowledge the following organizations in Houston, and beyond, as valued partners:
Aurora Picture Show
Cinema Arts Society Houston
14 Pews
Houston Film Commission
Rice Cinema
Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP)
Sundance Cinemas Houston

Women in Film and Television, Houston
WorldFest Houston