Cornell Cinema has been cited as one of the best campus film exhibition programs in the country, screening close to 200 titles each year, many in conjunction with academic courses. Films are shown five to seven nights a week in the historic Willard Straight Theatre, which is open to the public. Each semester-long schedule features work from the breadth of cinema: silent films with live accompaniment; cult and canonical repertory titles; contemporary Hollywood, documentary, international, art-house, and experimental work; as well as visiting filmmakers, panel discussions, and faculty & graduate student introductions.
Begun in 1970 as a university film society, Cornell Cinema has adapted to address the changing exhibition landscape and to remain vital to campus culture. Throughout its 50-year history the program's primary mission has been educational, with a secondary purpose of providing affordable entertainment for the Cornell & Ithaca communities.
Cornell Cinema collaborates with departments and academic programs across campus, many within the College of Arts & Sciences, and has always attracted a diverse range of students studying a broad cross-section of fields throughout the University.