The Museum's Brown Auditorium Theater provides the perfect setting to enjoy a lively selection of new and classic movie adventures on the big screen. Unless otherwise noted, these films are suitable for family members of all ages.

Past Events in This Series

Party Mix 2015



Recommended for ages 9 to adult Free with Museum admission on Tuesday and Friday. Free on Thursday. Old fables and myths are given a new twist in Mythopolis and Tigers Tied Up in One Rope. Fate is in the hands of some surprising characters in Johnny Express and In the Beginning. The human spirit, guided by music, soars against harsh realities in The Trumpeter and Layla’s Melody. The Single Life strikes a playful note when it imagines music as means[…]

Looney Tunes



This Spring Break, audiences of all ages can enjoy classic Looney Tunes antics of Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Sylvester, and Elmer Fudd, among others. Drop in, this Family Flicks screening is free with general admission!

Linnea in Monet’s Garden


Lena Anderson and Christina Bjork

Complementing the Museum’s exhibition Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River, this animated short film brings to life a popular children’s book about a little girl's love affair with Claude Monet's paintings. Linnea and her friend Mr. Bloom visit Paris and then the artist’s garden in Giverny, discovering the locations that inspired their favorite paintings.

Best of NYICFF: Party Mix



Recommended for ages 8+. The New York International Children's Film Festival is North America's largest festival of film for children and teens, and stands at the forefront of a movement to define a new, more provocative and compelling film for kids. Each year the festival presents a carefully curated collection of the best new animation, live action and experimental film from around the world in an exhilarating festival atmosphere with all the immediacy and excitement of a Cannes or Sundance.[…]

The Painting


Jean-Francois Laguionie

This family film is recommended for ages 7+. Admission These screenings are included with your Museum admission. General admission to the MFAH is free on Thursdays, courtesy of Shell. In this wryly inventive parable, a kingdom within a painting is divided into three castes: the impeccably colored Alldunns, the incomplete Halfies, and the barely outlined Sketchies, who are treated as outcasts. Chastised for her forbidden love of the dashing Ramo, Claire runs away into the cursed forest. Ramo and his[…]

Best of the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival



Ten entertaining, multicultural short films challenge and engage children's creativity. Selected especially for ages 5 to 9, the lineup is a mix of animated and live-action shorts: • Domo-Kun and the Egg (Japan, 2005, 5 min.) • Luka (Ireland, 2004, 3 min.) • Mondo's Myths: Where Did the Night Come From? (Brazil, 2005, 8 min.) • Nineteen (Colombia, 2005, 8 min.) • Egghunt (USA, 2005, 4 min.) • The Mantis Parable (USA, 2005, 8 min.) • Do Other Things (USA, 2005, 4 min.) • The Magic Lio (Canada, 2004, 7[…]

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T


Roy Rowland

Dr. T (Hans Conried) is a mad music teacher who runs a school where 500 boys are forced to play the piano 24 hours a day—all part of a diabolical effort to rule the world. If the boys try to run away, they are blocked by an electric fence and sent to a dungeon. Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) wrote the story, composed the songs, and designed the set of this spectacularly imaginative family film.

Creature from the Black Lagoon (3-D)


Jack Arnold

3-D glasses included! Scientists track a prehistoric monster in the South American jungle while it tracks them. The explorers capture the mysterious creature, but it breaks free. The Gill-Man returns to kidnap the lovely Kay, one of the scientists, with whom it has fallen in love. “Interestingly enough, Creature from the Black Lagoon was inspired by a Mexican folk tale. Producer William Alland recalled (in Tom Weaver's collection of interviews, Monsters, Mutants and Heavenly Creatures) a dinner with Orson Welles,[…]

A Cat in Paris

2010, dubbed in English

Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol

The Academy Award-nominated A Cat in Paris is a beautifully hand-drawn animated caper set in the shadow-drenched alleyways of Paris. Dino the cat leads a double life: By day he lives with Zoe, a little girl whose mother is a detective in the Parisian police force; at night, Dino sneaks out the window to work with Nico—a slinky cat burglar with a big heart, whose fluid movements are poetry in motion as he evades captors and swishes across rooftops. A[…]

The Thief of Bagdad

Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, and Tim Whelan

Handsome Prince Ahmad (John Justin), the rightful King of Bagdad, has been blinded and cast out as a beggar. Now a captive of the wicked Grand Vizier Jaffar (Conrad Veidt), he is cast into a dungeon where he meets Abu (Sabu), the best thief in all Bagdad. Together they escape and embark on a series of escapades that involve a wish-granting genie in a bottle, a mechanical flying horse, an all-seeing magic jewel, a flying carpet, and a beautiful princess[…]

Jason and the Argonauts


Don Chaffey

The legendary Greek hero (Todd Armstrong) leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the renowned Golden Fleece. Jason assembles a sailing crew of the finest men who are under the protection of Hera (Honor Blackman), queen of the gods. Their voyage includes battles against harpies, a giant bronze Talos, a hydra, and an animated skeleton army, all brought to life by the special-effects wizardry of the late Ray Harryhausen (1920–2013). Rated G for some intense action[…]