Venue & Technology

The ideal place to see—and show—films

IU Cinema presents films the way they are meant to be seen: in the highest quality, and in an exhilarating space.

Our classic aesthetics and advanced technology make us one of the best cinemas in the country—and give you the best possible viewing experience.

Peter Bogdanovich

I don’t know if I have ever seen my film (The Last Picture Show) look this good.

Peter Bogdanovich, director of The Last Picture Show and Paper Moon

A palace for film

Our venue combines the grandeur of a movie palace with the intimacy of an arthouse cinema.

With a grand Austrian drape, high ceilings, elegant design elements, and four panels of Thomas Hart Benton’s remarkable Indiana Murals, the Cinema is a magnificent place to watch films.

Wherever you sit, you are near the screen and the many filmmakers and other guests who speak and attend screenings here.

The Cinema is accessible for all patrons.

Our venue by the numbers

260comfortable crimson seats

14surround sound speakers

3projectors

1screen

The technology to show multiple film formats in stunning quality

Our projectors and other equipment can present everything from silent classics to the latest in digital experiments. In particular, our 16mm and 35mm changeover film projectors and archival booth practices enable us to show prints from any archive in the world.

Our technology also makes the Cinema a great teaching and lecture space.

Projectors

  • Kinoton FP-38E 16mm and 35mm studio projectors: reel-to-reel, with variable speed controls for silent frame rates controlled to two-tenths of a frame per second
  • Barco DP2K-32B DCI 2K cinema projector, with Dolby Cat. 960-BAR 3D upgrade kit and live 4K streaming capabilities
  • Sony SRX-T420 4K digital video projector

Playback

  • Doremi ShowVault/IMB 4RU 4TB screen server
  • Dolby CP650D digital cinema processor
  • DTS DTS-XD20 5.1 DTS digital audio player
  • Panasonic AJ-HD3700B D-5 digital VTR
  • Panasonic AJ-HD1400 DVCPRO digital VTR
  • Sony SRW-5500 HDCAM-SR VTR

Orchestra pit

A continuation from the building’s years as the University Theatre, the orchestra pit provides space for live musical performances. Each year, we host several silent films with musical accompaniment ranging from solo piano to 15-piece orchestras of musicians from the Jacobs School of Music.

THX® Certified

IU Cinema has been THX® Certified since its opening in 2011. This certification guarantees a high-quality audio and video experience that is as close as possible to the intentions of the film’s creators.