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about a/perture cinema

In January 2010, a/perture cinema opened as a small two-screen art house cinema with the purpose of showcasing independent, foreign, documentary, local and festival films. At the time of opening, a/perture became a destination for non-commercial and artistic films that were not offered elsewhere in Winston-Salem and the surrounding communities. Located in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem, a/perture revived the theatrical experience in the central business district. Over the past seven years, a/perture has become a space to enjoy and celebrate art on film while fostering social capital and shared experiences. In 2013, a/perture expanded to add two additional screening rooms and now on an annual basis provides the community a home for more than 4,000 film screenings and events per year, with over 700 titles screened to date. a/perture is open 365 days a year.

Downtown Winston-Salem Community Cinema (DWSCC) was formed June 23, 2016, to assume operations of a/perture cinema. DWSCC will continue and expand  a/perture’s mission of engaging and entertaining the community through the art of film by showcasing informative, educational, thought-provoking and inspiring films – films that enrich lives, engage minds, promote diversity and build community. As a non-profit cultural entity, DWSCC will follow a new sustainable model advocated by a national group of Art House Theaters known as the Art House Convergence. DWSCC will be better equipped to work for and respond to the community directly with programming and community initiatives that connect audiences to the world at large and fostering conversations with filmmakers and audience members.

photos by staff member Kristen M. Bryant – click here to see more of her work.

Downtown Winston-Salem Community Cinema

Board of Directors


Alan Davis – Novare, LLC

Sandlin Douglas – Wells Fargo Private Bank

Jimmy Eggers – SmithLeonard, Treasurer

Richard Emmett – Blue Ridge Music Center/Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

Heather Freeland – Reynolds American

Harris Henderson – Kilpatrick Townsend

Julie Hutton – Community Volunteer, Secretary

Matt Jamison – thirty six | thirty, Vice-Chair

Seton McGowan – Mullen Lowe

Ken Millett – Community & Business Development, City of Winston-Salem

Stuart Parks – The Arden Group

Stacy Petronzio – Community Volunteer

Dale Pollock – UNCSA, School of Filmmaking

Graydon Pleasants – Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, Chair

Nadiyah Quander – Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts

Kate Reece – The Wake Forest University Center for Private Business

Lawren Desai, ex-oficio – a/perture



Please read the following before you purchase your tickets.

Ticket prices (including sales tax):
Adult (regular admission) – $10.00
Student (with college id) – $9.00
Military discount – $9.00
Senior (60+) – $7.50
Kids (12 & under) – $7.50
Matinee (any show before 4:30pm)- $8.00
Morning Matinee (Saturday and Sunday before 11:30am) – $7.00
S/uper Tuesday – all tickets $7.50 on Tuesday
Special Events – $12.50
a/v society members – $7.00 (not available online)
The box office is open one hour before the first screening each day.

1. Tickets purchased online are subject to the same rules and regulations as regular tickets. The ticket is good only for the date and show time purchased.

2. Our theatres are general admission, so purchasing a ticket guarantees you a seat, but not your choice of seats. If you require your choice of seats or want to insure seating together with the others in your party you might want to arrive early.

3. If you are a Senior citizen over 60, a COLLEGE student with a college ID, a child 3-12, or are coming to a matinee show before 5pm you may select a discounted ticket on the ticket purchase page. PLEASE NOTE: The theatre staff will verify that you are eligible for the discount when you pick up your tickets at the theatre. College students MUST have a valid college ID for EACH discount ticket.

4. After you have purchased your tickets you should print out the confirmation page and bring that printout and the credit card you used to purchase the tickets to the theatre.

5. In general, there are NO REFUNDS FOR ONLINE TICKET SALES !!! Please make your purchase carefully.




a/perture is proud to provide access to all of our patrons, including those who have special requirements. We have restrooms located on the first floor of our building, and have handicapped access via our elevator available for those viewing films in s/tudio 3 and petit a/.

Additionally, through the generous gift provided by Carolina Hearing Doctors, we provide closed captioning service to our hearing impaired customers via the Doremi Captiview system in studios 1 and 2!
Click here to view Captiview’s User Instructions.

As a nonprofit, a/perture cinema is happy to consider requests from other nonprofit organizations in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County for donations of tickets to silent auctions or other similar events.

Please complete and submit the form, and you’ll hear from us soon.



NOTE: a/perture receives many requests for donations and we cannot accommodate them all.

Thank you for your interest in a rental at a/perture cinema. Because we screen films for the community 365 days a year, our availability for private rentals and special events follow strict guidelines. 


a/perture cinema has the following screens available for rent:

  • s/tudio 1 and 2 – 75 max capacity (rentals range from a minimum of $200 per hour to a maximum of $800 per hour)
  • s/tudio 3 – 45 max capacity (rentals range from a minimum of $150 per hour to a maximum of $600 per hour)
  • petit a/ – 24 max capacity (rentals range from a minimum of $100 per hour to a maximum of $450 per hour)



We do not offer rentals for s/tudio 1 and 2 on Friday or Saturdays after 1pm unless special arrangements have been made.

All rentals are for a two-hour minimum.

When evaluating rental time, please allow 3o minutes more than the length of the film.

Gathering space in the a/trium or party room can be added to the rental for an additional fee, capacity of 25.

Rentals must be finalized and secured via deposit at least one month in advance.

a/perture can accommodate the following formats – blu-ray, dvd, ProRes/H264 or similar computer-based files. DCP format is available in s/tudio 1 and 2 for an additional fee. 

Some rentals may require additional staff costs.

Other restrictions/requirements may apply.

a/v society members are given preference. click here for more information on membership

If you are interested in a rental, please email rentals@aperturecinema.com with the following information:

Date Request + Backup Date

Time requested – please provide a 4 hour possible window

Studio(s) requested and maximum capacity

Please allow at least a week for review and response.