Browning Cinema

Film Series

at the Browning Cinema


New at the Browning

A world-class art house cinema begins with films selected to explore the world of contemporary film. Each month includes several independent feature releases often with very strong supplemental content—an introduction, panel, or filmmaker visit. These are the films that establish the Browning’s indie cred and showcase the current art of film.

RKO Classics

  We are excited to host this series to spark the imagination and inspire a new generation of classic movie lovers. RKO Classics consist of 13 Wednesday night screenings that further our mission to support film education and bring our treasured film history to you. All films are free for Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College, and Holy Cross College students.

Sponsored by the Meg and John P. Brogan Endowment for Classic Cinema.
Met Opera: Live in HD

The Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of high-definition live cinema simulcasts, begins its 11th season on October 7 with Bellini’s Norma. Join us at the Browning Cinema—the best seat in the house outside of the Met!

Sponsored by the Jill A. Fischer Endowment for Excellence in Live Opera Broadcasts.

National Theatre Live

The best in live capture broadcast programming from London’s Royal National Theatre.

Sunday Family Films

We created this new series to bring together families around afternoons of kid-friendly movie-watching. Round up the fam, settle in with some fresh movie concessions, and create cherished memories from the joy that children’s films bring. All films are free for children age 12 and under.  


Film Series

at the Browning Cinema


New at the Browning

A world-class art house cinema begins with films selected to explore the world of contemporary film. Each month includes several independent feature releases often with very strong supplemental content—an introduction, panel, or filmmaker visit. These are the films that establish the Browning’s indie cred and showcase the current art of film.

 

RKO Classics

  We are excited to host this series to spark the imagination and inspire a new generation of classic movie lovers. RKO Classics consist of 13 Wednesday night screenings that further our mission to support film education and bring our treasured film history to you. All films are free for Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College, and Holy Cross College students.

Sponsored by the Meg and John P. Brogan Endowment for Classic Cinema.
Met Opera: Live in HD

The Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of high-definition live cinema simulcasts, begins its 11th season on October 7 with Bellini’s Norma. Join us at the Browning Cinema—the best seat in the house outside of the Met!

Sponsored by the Jill A. Fischer Endowment for Excellence in Live Opera Broadcasts.

 

National Theatre Live

The best in live capture broadcast programming from London’s Royal National Theatre.

Sunday Family Films

We created this new series to bring together families around afternoons of kid-friendly movie-watching. Round up the fam, settle in with some fresh movie concessions, and create cherished memories from the joy that children’s films bring. All films are free for children age 12 and under.  



About the Browning Cinema


The Browning Cinema is a state-of-the-art cinematheque presenting a unique program of international, independent and documentary film accompanied by a series of guest speakers and filmmakers. The cinema’s programming complements on campus events and the academic pursuits of the many University colleges and centers. It is one of Indiana’s two dedicated cinema venues housed within a research university’s primary arts facility, and one of only four at leading institutions across Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio. The cinema presents over 220 screenings annually, ranging from documentaries, foreign film, art house cinema, and classic films to National Theatre Live and The MET: Live in HD broadcasts.

Browning Cinema
Browning Cinema

The Browning Cinema is a state-of-the-art cinematheque presenting a unique program of international, independent and documentary film accompanied by a series of guest speakers and filmmakers. The cinema’s programming complements on campus events and the academic pursuits of the many University colleges and centers. It is one of Indiana’s two dedicated cinema venues housed within a research university’s primary arts facility, and one of only four at leading institutions across Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio. The cinema presents over 220 screenings annually, ranging from documentaries, foreign film, art house cinema, and classic films to National Theatre Live and The MET: Live in HD broadcasts.


Balancing contemporary and classic cinema, screenings celebrate a canon of great films and filmmakers. Programming approaches this canon understanding it is subject to periodic change and Browning programs give filmgoers the chance to gain a deeper knowledge of film history. Presentations of major film retrospectives include “Martin Scorsese presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema,” “The Great Wars on Film” for the centennial anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, and “Kurosawa at 100” as well as those of French comic master Pierre Étaix and Hayao Miyazaki of Japan’s famed Studio Ghibli animation house.

Frequent collaborations with campus and community yield the Screenpeace and Nanovic Institute film series, explorations of the complex challenges of cancer, and themes relevant to Africana, Asian, gender, and disability studies. Visiting filmmakers are a hallmark of cinema programming and facilitate deeper learning and cultural understanding. Emilio Estevez, Sterlin Harjo, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Notre Dame Emeritus Professor Jill Godmilow, and Notre Dame alumni Jian Yi, Greg Kohs and Gita Pullapilly have come to screen their films and talk with cinema audiences.

Cinematic art is a flourishing intellectual and cultural interest at Notre Dame. From the prestigious list of visiting filmmakers who relate the pursuit of innovative work to the history, theory, and criticism of film and related media being taught in the classroom, to the decades of students who have made the Notre Dame Student Film Festival an anticipated and time-honored campus tradition. The cinema is named for the family of Michael Browning, a 1968 graduate of Notre Dame.

THX Certified. Although there are hundreds of THX-certified cinemas in the world, only a few are found on university campuses. Notre Dame is one of them. THX was developed by George Lucas, the director of the Star Wars films, to ensure the highest quality motion picture and sound presentation. THX is not about making the sound louder, but rather providing an unmatched clarity of treble and bass.