Our mission is to collect and preserve 16mm movies, present films from our archive, educate and entertain our community, and support the appreciation of film as an art form.
As we grow our collection of 16mm films (now 508 and counting) we enrich the cultural life of the Portland by welcoming the public to affordable screenings of rarely seen classic films in friendly venues– each followed by live Q&A or discussion.
We have plans underway to better fulfill our mission by expanding our program into schools, dovetailing with programs in creative writing and the arts, to educate, inspire, and give young people a window into the past that offers perspective on changes in technology, work, fashion, cultural mores, and so much more.
In our collection are many classic silent films, which we screen with the live piano accompaniment that delighted audience of the early days of film. Our plans include extending our reach beyond Portland – to bring the magic of celluloid to audiences of all ages around Maine.