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About CC

Fort Wayne Cinema Center, Inc. is a not-for-profit film society serving northeast Indiana. We are guided by our Mission statement, which reads:

Fort Wayne Cinema Center, a not-for-profit cultural organization, is dedicated to bringing the best of independent, foreign, documentary, classic, and specialty films that otherwise might not be shown in northeast Indiana, through a variety of films, special events, educational programs, and community outreach.

Our purpose is to fulfill this mission. We strive to increase understanding and enjoyment of film as an art form and to give viewers of all ages opportunities to become enlightened consumers of this increasingly influential and popular medium. We pursue this mission at our location downtown at 437 E. Berry St. in the Hall Community Arts Center, which is part of the arts campus in downtown Fort Wayne.

Looking to the future, we have a Vision as well. The vision of Cinema Center is to be a wildly popular destination in Fort Wayne’s revitalized arts campus downtown — attracting diverse new audiences, partners and sponsors; showcasing the true artistry of film; and offering people the best moviegoing experience in the region.

 

Our History

Cinema Center was founded in 1976 by a dedicated group of film enthusiasts after The Spectator Theater, Fort Wayne's last art and specialty movie house (located on The Landing), lost its lease. Our first film was "The Big Sleep," the great film noir classic directed by Howard Hawks, a Hoosier born just down the road in Goshen, Indiana. The film was shown in the Fort Wayne Art School auditorium in West Central on September 11, 1976.

During its first 15 years, Cinema Center was an itinerant organization, finding homes as needed. After the Art School, movies were shown at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, the Allen County Public Library, One Summit Square, and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

In 1991, with the generous support of Arts United, the Foellinger Foundation, the Lincoln Foundation and many other organizations and individuals, Cinema Center found a home of its own in the Hall Community Arts Center at 437 E. Berry St. A permanent home allowed us to grow into a 126 theater, boasting bright, crisp digital projection and Dolby digital sound. 

Today, after more than 40 years of great films and community service, we are more passionate than ever about the joyous, transformative powers of film. Cinema Center is still community owned and locally programmed, and we remain the only theater in Fort Wayne dedicated to showcasing film as an art form. For more information, e-mail us at movies@cinemacenter.org.

Our Staff

Executive Director: Jonah Crismore

Director of Theater Operations: Amanda Neumann

Director of Office Administration/Bookkeeping: Tammara Cornett

Box Office Manager: Alan Gick

Box Office Staff: Amanda Hille

Box Office Staff: Brett Yeoman

Box Office Staff: Shanel Turner

Box Office Staff: Elana Merritt

Box Office Staff: Andrew Frieden

Box Office Staff: Jake Miller 

 

Our Board

The Board of Directors governs Cinema Center. Board members share an interest in film but are diverse with regard to age, religion, concerns, and interests. The Board is responsible for determining the priorities and policies of Cinema Center. Board members serve three-year terms and are eligible to serve two terms.


Interim President: Matt Geyman & Brent Ecenbarger

Vice President: 

Treasurer: Bryce Roebel

Secretary: Bessie Makris

Derek Devine

David Lupke

Craig Nix

Kathy Bock 

Geoff Gephart

Beth MacAvoy

Christine Taylor

Ryan Krueckeberg

Ed Strubel

Dawn Moore -  Board Intern