Cinestudio Announces New Executive Director


HARTFORD, CT — Cinestudio, the not-for-profit independent film cinema located on the campus of Trinity College in Hartford, CT, has appointed Lew Michaels as its new Executive Director. Michaels will assume leadership on Sept 1, 2021. 


John Michael Mason, Chair of the Board of Directors of Cinestudio, said, “We are very excited to begin a new chapter for Cinestudio with Lew Michaels at the helm. This theater has a rich history in New England and is known around the country as a unique, inclusive, premier art house cinema. Lew is committed to growing and reinforcing that legacy in honor of our founders.” 


Michaels becomes just the third Executive Director of Cinestudio, taking the helm from Executive Directors James Hanley and Peter McMorris who founded the theater in 1970 and co-managed it until Hanley’s retirement in 2020. McMorris will remain involved as Cinestudio’s Creative Director until his full retirement in 2022. 

In Theatre

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(89) 2021 United Kingdom Bassam Tariq, director
Sep 17 - 23
Fresh from his amazing performance in the Oscar-nominated Sound of Metal, screenwriter/actor Riz Ahmed stars in a film loosely based on his own life. Ahmed plays British/Pakistani hip-hop artist Zed who’s on the verge of a big break in New York City when he comes down with a debilitating illness. Zed is forced to return home to Britain and his traditional Pakistani family - including a father (Alyy Khan) who is haunted by the past. “Ahmed is one of Britain’s most vital, risky actors.” Guy Lodge, Variety.

Thursday, Sep 23 7:30 PM

(112 PG-13) 2012 USA Jason Moore, director
One Night Only Sep 24
Don't miss a special one-time screening of the drama, music, dancing, & comedy extravaganza that is Pitch Perfect on the big screen. In one corner it’s the uber-competitive Barden Bellas, Barden University's female a cappella group. In the other corner, it’s every other team, as the Bellas battle for top spot on the way to the ICCA Finals.

Friday, Sep 24 10:00 PM
(111 R) Written and directed by Paul Schrader, director
Opens Sep 24
As a writer (Taxi Driver) and director (First Reformed), Paul Schrader has brilliantly explored the search for redemption. His new psychological thriller stars Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina) as smalltime Las Vegas card counter William Tell, who survives by burying his experiences in the Iraq War. Cirk, however, is a young man (Tye Sheridan) who’s all about revenge: he’s come to Vegas to kill the Major at Abu Ghraib prison he blames for his father’s suicide. Determined to help Cirk start a new life, Tell enters the World Series of Poker in hopes of winning big, and overcoming demons of his own. “One of the best films of the year.” – Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun Times.

Friday, Sep 24 7:30 PM Saturday, Sep 25 7:30 PM Sunday, Sep 26 2:30 PM Monday, Sep 27 7:30 PM Tuesday, Sep 28 7:30 PM Wednesday, Sep 29 7:30 PM Thursday, Sep 30 7:30 PM

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Welcome to Cinestudio

Cinestudio is a not-for-profit independent film theater located at Summit Street and College Terrace on the campus of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. The theater is a magnificent single-screen venue with over 450 seats, reconstructed as classic 1930’s-style movie house, including a much loved balcony and golden curtain. The building is a signature design by McKim, Mead and White, built in 1935.

Founded in 1970 by a group of students at Trinity, Cinestudio has become one of the most highly respected arthouse cinemas in the United States, with a long standing reputation for its wide diversity of programing, and for legendary projection and sound quality. Equipped with the highest quality 4K Digital Cinema systems, Cinestudio has also retained it’s top-of-the-line physical film 35mm and 70mm projectors for use in studio archive presentations. Cinestudio is a daily celebration of the Art of Cinema!
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