About Kinonik

Kinonik is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to enlighten and entertain audiences of all ages through projected screenings of celluloid classic films. Our current archive consists of more than 500 16mm films.

A century into the film industry, digital offers myriad options for viewing media that the pioneers of the film industry surely never envisioned. While the benefits of accessibility can’t be argued – something is missing.

Films have been created to give audiences the shared experience of temporary escape from the mundane into a world of heightened emotions and suspense that give them license to laugh, cry, gasp, chortle, and even shriek together.

The streaming experience is essentially solitary. The theater experience is unfolds with a community of many. The more solitary our world gets the lonelier our world gets and the less we experience common experiences

This is the magic of movies; it’s the difference in nuance between sprocketed frames of real images speeding past the bright bulb of a projector than the digitized experience of pixels on a flat screen.

We’re committed to preserving the film experience through the real-deal – projected screenings of must-see silent and sound classics.

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Kinonik's next film, shown with SPACE, is Alfred Hitchcock's STRANGERS ON A TRAIN. 2/3 at 7 PM. Stay tuned! ... See MoreSee Less

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Monday, January 27 at 7 PM, Kinonik and St. Lawrence Arts Center presents:


Set in 16th Century Prague, THE GOLEM: HOW HE CAME INTO THE WORLD (1920) tells the story of a rabbi, fearing the persecution of the Jews of the city, builds a golem out of clay. But the golem runs goes on a rampage and attacks the ghetto inhabitants. A classic of German expressionism -- cinematographer Karl Freund would go on to METROPOLIS (1927) -- the film's golem influenced horror and was a precursor to Frankenstein monsters. THE GOLEM: HOW HE CAME INTO THE WORLD is the third and last in Paul Wegener's golem films, and it is the only film not completely lost.

Christopher Akerlund will speak before the film about the relationship between it and the stage play from which it is derived. Carolyn Swartz will provide musical accompaniment.

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Happy last day of 2019 to fans, followers, family, friends, film cineastes and everybody else!

This is 𝗞𝗶𝗻𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗸's last appeal for support for 2019. 𝗞𝗶𝗻𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗸 is a nonprofit screening classic and significant films in 16mm format. We have a 500+ films, and we run 2 series concurrently. Last year, we screened silent films, with musical accompaniment, 𝘒𝘪𝘯𝘰𝘚𝘪𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴, at St. Lawrence Arts, and we screened classic noir, 𝘒𝘪𝘯𝘰𝘕𝘰𝘪𝘳, at SPACE.

Thank you to everyone who's attended our screenings! Thank you to Carolyn Swartz and Stu Mahan for providing live music for 𝘒𝘪𝘯𝘰𝘚𝘪𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴!

In 2020, 𝗞𝗶𝗻𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗸 will continue 𝘒𝘪𝘯𝘰𝘚𝘪𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 at St. Lawrence Arts, and we will expand our SPACE programming to include both noir and Alfred Hitchcock films. We plan to begin weekend afternoon screenings of silent comedy for kids (and parents) with live accompaniment this winter. We also plan programs focused on specific directors, like John Ford, Akira Kurosawa, Luis Buñuel and others.

𝙃𝙚𝙧𝙚’𝙨 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙝𝙚𝙡𝙥:

𝗞𝗶𝗻𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗸 plans to expand our programming, to help grow a culture of film appreciation in Portland, Maine for public screenings of films, for discussion, entertainment and education. Donations help us conserve and store films, maintain equipment and screen films.

Can you give to support 𝗞𝗶𝗻𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗸? We are a registered 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax deductible. If you can help us promote a culture of film appreciation in Portland, Maine, whatever the amount, we would appreciate it. Share this, too. Thank you! Here's the safe, secure link to give:

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