Harvard Film Archive Cinematheque
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
24 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
The Harvard Film Archive’s cinematheque presents films Friday through Monday nights year round. Open to the public, all screenings are held in the Archive's 200-seat theater featuring state-of-the-art film and digital projection located in the historic Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts.
The HFA frequently invites filmmakers to discuss their work and engage with the vibrant community of students, professors, artists and cinephiles who regularly attend Archive screenings. Recent visitors include the legendary comedienne and director Elaine May (The Heartbreak Kid), American documentary pioneer Fred Wiseman (High School, Public Housing), Korean filmmaker Hong Sangsoo (Oki’s Movie), experimental documentarians Ben Rivers (Ah, Liberty!, Origin of the Species) and Sharon Lockhart (Lunch Break, Double Tide), Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín (No, Tony Manero), Philippine director Kidlat Tahimik (The Perfumed Nightmare), as well as avant-garde filmmakers Nathaniel Dorsky, Luther Price, Bruce McClure and George Kuchar. Some of the HFA's recent programs include retrospectives of the work of Fritz Lang, Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Michaelangelo Antonioni, Raj Kapoor, Val Lewton and Andrei Tarkovsky, as well as surveys such as 100 Years of Paramount Pictures, Decadent Shadows: The Cinema of Weimar Germany and Fortunes of the Western. HFA programs dating back to 1999 are browsable on our Past Film Series page, and many of the visiting filmmaker discussions are available as audio files located beneath the program descriptions.
The Archive is extremely grateful to June Yip, AB '85, and David Wong, AB '85, for their generous support of the Harvard Film Archive's ongoing visiting filmmaker program. Thanks to their generosity the Archive is able to continue inviting filmmakers, artists and scholars to present their work at the HFA and interact with the Harvard film community.
The Harvard Film Archive is one of the largest and most significant university-based motion picture collections in the United States, with a collection of well over 25,000 audio visual items from around the world and from almost every period in film history. As a division of the Harvard Library, the HFA supports the research and study of cinema at Harvard by making films from its collection available for study purposes, for individual viewing appointments and for classroom screenings. The HFA's collection of film and video material, as well as its many posters, documents and ephemera are accessible to faculty and students at Harvard, as well as to outside researchers, through our academic research services.
Established with the assistance of the Luce Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1979, the Harvard Film Archive has grown into an incomparably rich resource for scholars and filmmakers. A division of Harvard Library, the HFA is an affiliate of the International Federation of Film Archives.
Tickets for all regular screenings are available 45 minutes before show time at the cinematheque on the lower level of the Carpenter Center. The HFA does not sell tickets in advance, and a separate admission fee is charged for each screening. Only HFA members may reserve tickets in advance for special event screenings. Any questions regarding admission or reservations, please contact Brittany Gravely.
$9 - Regular Admission
$7 - Non-Harvard Students, Harvard Faculty and Staff, and Senior Citizens
Regular HFA screenings are free for all Harvard students with a valid photo ID.
$12 - Special Event Ticket Price for all patrons
Discounts apply for Harvard Film Archive Members
Please note: no late seating. Cash or check only.
The HFA Public Film Program depends on the generous support of members of the community to ensure the health and longevity of our unique blend of programming. You can become a member by filling out and mailing in our Membership Form (PDF format) along with a check in the appropriate amount to Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. You may also drop by our offices during regular business hours or sign up at the box office before a screening. Check or cash only. Contact Brittany Gravely by email or 617-496-3211 if you have any questions.
Friend of the Archive ($750)
Friends of the Archive receive two individual admission passes for an entire year, a subscription to the quarterly program calendar, a free one year subscription to Film Comment magazine, reserved tickets via e-mail or phone for special events and in-person appearances, and an invitation for two to press screenings and private receptions.
Director's Circle ($500)
Director's Circle members receive two individual admission passes for an entire year, a subscription to the quarterly program calendar, a free one year subscription to Film Comment magazine, and reserved tickets via e-mail or phone for special events and in-person appearances.
Silver Screen Society ($300)
Silver Screen members receive an individual admission pass for an entire year, a subscription to the quarterly program calendar, a free one year subscription to Film Comment magazine, and reserved tickets via e-mail or phone for special events and in-person appearances.
Individual/Dual Membership PLUS ($125/$200)
Same as Individual/Dual plus $8 tickets for Special Events (applies to $12 ticketed events only).
Individual/Dual Membership ($55/$100)
Members receive $6 admission to regular HFA programming, three free admissions to regular programs, a subscription to the quarterly program calendar, and reserved tickets via e-mail or phone for special events and in-person appearances.
Student/Senior Membership ($35)
Members receive $5 admission to regular HFA programming, three free admissions to regular programs, a subscription to the quarterly program calendar, and reserved tickets via e-mail or phone for special events and in-person appearances. (Student ID or proof of age 65 or older required.)
The Harvard Film Archive is located in the lower level of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at 24 Quincy Street, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We are east of the Harvard Square Red Line T Stop, in between the Harvard Faculty Club and the Fogg Art Museum, one block north of Massachusetts Avenue between Broadway and Harvard Streets in the Harvard University campus.
Although parking in Cambridge is difficult (most of the surrounding streets have restricted parking for Cambridge residents only), metered parking on Broadway and Harvard Streets, as well as the rest of Harvard Square, is free after 8pm. Film-goers are encouraged to use public transportation, particularly the MBTA Red Line.
From the Turnpike (I-90)
Take Exit 18, "Cambridge-Allston," and proceed straight upon exiting, through the stoplights and over the River Street Bridge. Continue on River Street, which soon becomes Western Avenue. Cross Massachusetts Avenue at Central Square, at which point Western Avenue becomes Prospect Street. Continue on Prospect Street and take a left at the second set of lights, onto Harvard Street. Proceed on Harvard Street until you reach Prescott Street. The entrance to the Carpenter Center is in between Prescott Street and Quincy Street.
This area of the website is for members of the media only and is password protected. To request the password and for more information, please contact:
The Harvard Film Archive is looking for dedicated and energetic film enthusiasts to serve as volunteer ushers. Please e-mail David Pendleton for additional information.
The Harvard Film Archive does not rent out the cinema. For inquiries regarding use of the theater, please contact Jason Steeves with the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies.