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About the Athena


Matinee screenings (starting before 6:00) – $5.00
Evening screenings (starting after 6:00) – $6.50

Seniors (age 60 and older) receive $1.00 discount on all evening shows.


History of the Athena Cinema

The Athena opened its doors in 1915, and has played film continuously over the years, placing us among the oldest movie theaters in the nation. Purchased and restored by Ohio University in 2001, the Art Deco-style interior features three screens and is fully handicap accessible. Our friendly staff will be happy to help you in any way. We maintain a commitment to sustainability and offer locally grown popcorn and concessions whenever possible. Our highly trained projectionists pay great attention to offering a quality presentation. Whether you misplaced your umbrella or are curious about coming attractions, you can always expect to see a familiar face at the Athena waiting to assist you in your theater-going experience!

Our Mission

The Athena Cinema is one of downtown Athens unique historic treasures. Our goal as a community- based, mission-driven theater is to bring the finest premiere art house cinema to Southeastern Ohio. Today, we are a nonprofit cultural institution, dedicated
to our mission and committed to creating a wide array of film-going experiences.

Our programming features something for everyone, including documentary, independent, classics, foreign and local films.We believe in creating an atmosphere that fosters discussion between our patrons and provides a venue that welcomes the Ohio University and the greater Athens communities to come together for a shared experience.

Every year we host multiple events including Ohio University student screenings, environmental panels, and the always-anticipated Athens International Film and Video Festival. We attempt to bring the festival atmosphere alive year-round with quality programming and grassroots, community outreach.