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.

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.

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

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Houston, Texas 77005

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Supporters of MFAH Films

Underwriting for the Film Department is provided by:
The Vaughn Foundation 

Generous funding is provided by:
Franci Neely
American Turkish Association-Houston
James V. Derrick
Lynn S. Wyatt 
The ILEX Foundation
L'Alliance Française de Houston
Turkish Cultural Foundation

Additional generous support is provided by:
Barbara and Gerry Hines
Catherine and Cenk Ozdogan 
Ms. Melanie Gray and Mr. Mark Wawro
Mrs. Joan Schnitzer Levy
Nina and Michael Zilkha

Ultimate Film Buffs
Susie and Sanford Criner
James V. Derrick
Martha and Richard Finger 
Ms. Lois Chiles and Mr. Richard Gilder
Mr. and Mrs. Meredith J. Long
Mr. and Mrs. Brad Moody
Franci Neely
Ms. Augustina Reyes and Mr. Michael A. Olivas
Catherine and Cenk Ozdogan 
Raquel and Andrew Segal
Mr. James Harold Taylor
Gary Tinterow and Christopher Gardner
Ms. Melanie Gray and Mr. Mark Wawro
Mrs. Karen Fang and Mr. Andrew Wong
Lynn S. Wyatt 
Nina and Michael Zilkha

Houston’s Film Organizations

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

Women in Film and Television, Houston
WorldFest Houston

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