Event Series

Athens International Film + Video Festival

April 6-12, 2020 Founded in 1974, the AIFVF has been presenting the best in international film for 46 years. Known globally as a festival that supports cinema from underground and marginalized populations,... [read more]

Beat the Heat $2 Days

During the summer the Athena Cinema presents BEAT THE HEAT $2 DAYS. Every year, the summer series showcases children’s and family-friendly films on Saturday afternoons with discounted admission. Get out of the... [read more]

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Appalshop: STRANGER WITH A CAMERA

During the 1960s, filmmakers from around the world came to Appalachia to document the dire conditions of the region’s poorest residents. Media focused the nation’s attention on economic justice and helped to... [read more]


Yang Miller hosts Drop Your Shorts, a short film event celebrating the talent of local and regional filmmakers. It gives participants the chance to see their original work on the big screen.... [read more]


“Fantastic Fungi,” the critically lauded and audience-loved documentary makes its return to The Athena Cinema for one night only in a worldwide streaming event. A simulcast featuring director Louie Schwartzberg, mycologist Paul... [read more]

Film Division Screenings

The Ohio University Film Divison fosters an educational environment of creativity, diversity, and excellence. Our students are passionate and disciplined; their styles are eclectic. The only Ohio filmmaking formula is the convergence... [read more]

Food on Film

What’s for breakfast, lunch and dinner are universal questions, and what’s on your plate reveals much about your culture and society. The Food on Film series serves up films that highlight not... [read more]

Halloween Programming

Whether it’s for the little ghouls and witches or the late show zombies, the Athena has tricks and treats in store for all walks of life… including the walking dead, of... [read more]


Support Athens Food Pantries! Celebrate the holidays with loved ones! Enjoy the nostalgia of classic films on the big screen!   It’s the 8th annual Holiday Film Series & Canned Food Drive!... [read more]

Music & Film Series

Presented by OU Performing Arts, join us for music-themed events throughout the... [read more]

One Night Only: BLACK & BLUE

BLACK AND BLUE is a fast-paced action thriller about a rookie cop (Naomie Harris) who inadvertently captures the murder of a young drug dealer on her body cam. After realizing that the... [read more]

OU Family Weekend Movies

Bring your Mom, Dad, sister or brother to a movie at Athens’ historic theater. Established in 1915, the Athena Cinema is a great place to make memories with your... [read more]

Science on Screen®

Creative pairings of current, classic, cult, and documentary films with lively introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine. Since 2012, the Athena Cinema has been proudly participating... [read more]

Spring Sustainability Series

Environmental Studies and the Alden Library present the seventh year of the Sustainability Film Series, working in partnership with the Athena Cinema and many sponsors. Our vision and goal are those of... [read more]

The Met: Live in HD

The Met: Live in HD is the Metropolitan Opera’s Peabody Award– and Emmy Award–winning series of opera performances transmitted live from the stage of the Met into movie theaters worldwide. Experience extraordinary... [read more]

Universal Premieres

The Athena Cinema partners with Universal Studios to provide Athens with one-night only free screenings of select popular films before they are released... [read more]

Women Pioneers: Celebrates 100

This spring, the Athena is proud to present four profound films celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. All shows feature intros and post-show talks. Free admission to all screenings! This series... [read more]