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a/perture cinema

In January 2020, a/perture cinema celebrated its 10th anniversary in Downtown Winston-Salem. For the past decade and more, a/perture has been serving the community the art of film and providing a communal cinematic experience. We screen over 200 films and special events annually, with more than 4,000 screenings and an average 41,000 admissions per year. a/perture is the only dedicated year-round art house cinema in the Piedmont Triad.

Annually, a/perture screens first-run films that include award winners from major international film festivals, significant foreign releases from around the world, essential documentary films and numerous other critically acclaimed films. The majority of these films are not screened anywhere else in the community and many would not be seen by local audiences if not for our programming. Whenever possible, a/perture augments first-run film programming with post film discussions and dialogues, community moderated panels, and filmmaker and guest artist visits.

As an intimate and welcoming communal space, a/perture is constantly building social capital through our films and opportunities for conversation.

our mission

To entertain and engage the community through the art of film by showcasing informative, educational, thought-provoking, and inspiring films—the films that enrich our lives, engage our minds, promote diversity, and build community.