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The Athena Cinema is the premiere art house in the region and has been in continuous operation as a theater for almost 100 years, making it one of the oldest in the nation. Purchased by Ohio University in 2001 and restored to its original Art Deco style, the cinema features three screens and is fully handicap accessible. The theater is staffed by OHIO students and committed to community and the arts.

The non-profit Athena Cinema’s mission is to serve the Athens and OHIO community by offering a shared space in Uptown Athens where patrons can take part in a wide array of filmgoing experiences and participate in programs that create an atmosphere of dialogue. The Athena Cinema screens documentary, independent, classic, foreign and local films. It hosts OHIO student screenings, environmental panels, and the 41-year-old Athens International Film + Video Festival. It maintains a commitment to sustainability and offers locally grown popcorn and concessions whenever possible.

These community programs are possible through your support. To donate to the Athena Cinema Support fund, click here and select “Make a one-time gift.” Designate the gift to “Other” and type “Athena Cinema Support Fund” into the box below.

Anyone who makes a donation of over $500 is eligible for a dedicated “Thank You” pre-show slide at the theater, featuring their logo, name and any relevant information.