Black Cinema House

Black Cinema House hosts screenings and discussions of films by and about Black people and the issues shaping our lives. BCH also offers community video classes for youth and adults, encouraging our neighbors to explore their creativity, tell their own stories, and develop the skills to shape their own media images. BCH welcomes a diverse range of audiences, film artists, experts, enthusiasts, and collaborating organizations to engage in lively conversation about the past, present and future of moving images.

Black Cinema House has evolved from outdoor screenings in the backyard behind Archive and Listening Houses on Dorchester Avenue, to a dedicated indoor space across the street, to a large screening room housed in a former Anheuser-Busch distribution facility. In 2016, Black Cinema House programming expanded to sites across the South Side, including BING Art Books and the Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative.

Note: All Friday screenings at the Stony Island Arts Bank will now be Arts Bank Cinema. To stay in the loop about weekly Arts Bank Cinema screenings, follow @rebuildfoundation. Stick with @BlackCinemaHouse to keep informed about the traveling cinema experience curated by Theaster Gates.


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Pioneers of African-American Cinema

Black Cinema House presents selected films from the Pioneers of African-American Cinema collection in the Glass Lantern Slides Room. Among the most fascinating chapters of film history is that of the so-called “race films” that flourished in the 1920s-40s. Unlike the “black cast” films produced within the Hollywood studio system, these films not only starred…

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