Dear friends,
----> There are three (just 3) days left to contribute to the Cinema Detroit Relief Fund! Your tax-deductible donation at $20 or any level right now means Cinema Detroit and film culture can continue in the City. If you like what we're doing, please support or share the fundraiser. Thank you!


----> Boy howdy! CREEM: AMERICA'S ONLY ROCK 'N' ROLL MAGAZINE starts Friday, August 7 via Virtual Cinema Detroit. Creem Magazine was born right here in Detroit and eventually took the nation and world by storm. Go behind the scenes to witness the magazine's humble beginnings, its upward trajectory from underground paper to national powerhouse, and its imminent demise, following the tragic and untimely deaths of its visionary publisher, Barry Kramer, and most famous writer, Lester Bangs. Fifty years after publishing its first issue, "America's Only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine" remains a seditious spirit in music and culture. Pre-order ticket now, the film becomes available Friday AM.
Last chances
----> QUARANTINE CAT FILM FESTIVAL — You're probably going to watch some cat videos today anyway, today is your last chance to support Cinema Detroit when you do so!
----> MY DARLING VIVIAN — Don't miss the untold story of Johnny Cash's first wife, Vivian Liberto, who met and married the singer before he was famous.

----> Still available on Virtual Cinema Detroit, see below for complete info:
JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE — An essential documentary for this moment and years to come

CARMILLA — Watch the film and then check out our online Q & A with director Emily Harris and cinematographer Michael Wood here.

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SHORTS TOUR - The best short films of the fest!

Until next time, stay healthy and be safe,
LAST CHANCES - Ending TONIGHT, Thursday 08/06
Quarantine Cat Film Festival
is for and by families of felines. The film brings together the cutest, funniest, bravest, and most loving cat videos exclusively filmed during the 2020 COVID-19 Quarantine.

*More than 1,100* cat videos were sent in by their humans across the country, including 10 from Cinema Detroit audience members, and ticket sales will help support more than 60 indie theaters like ours nationwide.
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My Darling Vivian is the fascinating story of Vivian Liberto, a young woman who met a handsome young Air Force cadet at her local skating rink in 1951. They married in 1954, after he returned from his service in Germany, and by 1961, that cadet, Johnny Cash, was a household name, number one on the music charts, and perpetually on tour.

In this new documentary from the producers of I Am Divine, we meet the first Mrs. Cash as her daughters, Rosanne, Kathy, Cindy, and Tara, share with us firsthand, for the first time, her entire story of love, isolation, fear, heartbreak, and survival.
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From marching with Martin Luther King, Jr. and helping to get the Civil Rights Act passed, to being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and continuing to speak truth to power and fight against injustices like voter suppression, U.S. Rep. John Lewis is still getting into plenty of GOOD TROUBLE. This new doc chronicles the life and times of one of the most respected public figures in the world.

Your ticket includes a pre-recorded discussion between Rep. Lewis and Oprah Winfrey, which Immediately follows the feature.
This was filmed last month and is available exclusively
for virtual cinema and in-theater engagements ONLY. 

Time to get HAPPY ---->
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CARMILLA is an atmospheric coming-of-age tale inspired by the 1872 Gothic vampire novella of the same name by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu.

Isolated from the outside world, fifteen-year-old Lara (Hannah Rae) lives in seclusion on a vast country estate with her father and a strict governess, Miss Fontaine (Jessica Raine). Late one evening, a mysterious carriage crash brings a young girl into their home to recuperate. Lara immediately becomes enchanted by this strange visitor who arouses her curiosity and awakens her burgeoning desires.

CARMILLA "is about the allure of the unknown, the forbidden, about discovering yourself and finding a strange solace in danger. Sensual, poetic, dark, and gothic..." — Film Threat
Watch now

Cinema Detroit is proud to present the Sundance Film Festival Shorts Tour tor the 6th year in a row, this time via VIRTUAL CINEMA DETROIT.

Thousands of shorts are submitted every year to the Sundance Film Festival, less than a hundred screen at the festival, and only a few are selected for the Shorts Tour. Watch them any time of day or night, with part of the proceeds coming back to us here at Cinema Detroit.
Watch now
Virtual Cinema Detroit 101

Virtual Cinema Detroit is a way for us to keep presenting films, even when our doors are temporarily closed. When you purchase a ticket to one of these independent films, which are unavailable on any other platform, a portion of each ticket sale goes directly to Cinema Detroit.

Check out all the films on this page, make your choices, and click the titles when you're ready to watch. Follow the prompts on the resulting page to purchase a ticket and receive access to the film. Watch and enjoy! Due to the mechanics of how virtual cinema tickets are sold, we regret that we cannot offer member discounts, gift card sales, or passes for online shows.

We know you have a variety of entertainment options, but when you watch a Virtual Cinema Detroit selection, you are giving us much-needed support while enjoying something new. It's a win-win!

Membership in the Cinema Detroit Crew has more perks than ever. Join or renew now, and in addition to all the regular benefits, you'll receive one free month of Music Box Direct and 3 free months of MUBI. Complete info is on our site here.

Donations to the Cinema Detroit Relief Fund are tax-deductible and help us to cover expense like rent and utilities that we still have to pay while we're closed.
For more info, visit our Patronicity page.

Last but not least, gift cards are available here. They'll be held under your name at the box office and redeemable as usual when we re-open.
We wouldn't be here without our generous donors!
Thank you!


Metro Detroit’s only truly independent cinema, delivering an eclectic, quirky and quality mix of contemporary, indie, cult, genre, and classic movies in the heart of the city.

Established in 2013, it is also the only first-run 7-day-a-week movie theater in Greater Downtown. Located at 4126 Third Street, 48201, we feature movies in a unique setting – the former Weber Furniture Store – and freshly made popcorn, Faygo pop, and occasionally other locally-made treats.

CINEMA DETROIT is a community-based, mission-driven non-profit cinema that exists to benefit the community and the arts. Specifically, Cinema Detroit:
  • Promotes media literacy and arts education.
  • Provides a community gathering place for watching films and for the dialogue that they spark.
  • Provides the city of Detroit and the metro Detroit region with access to a breadth of film options, from mainstream to local, especially the best independent film.