The Cleveland Int'l Pre-film Festival

Presented by Cleveland Institute of Art and The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque at The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, Cleveland OH

Oct 20 2022
The Cleveland Int'l Pre-film Festival

The Magic Lantern Society of the United States and Canada (holding its bi-annual convention in Cleveland) will re-create yesteryear’s lantern shows with live performances utilizing authentic 19th-century equipment and hand-painted slides.

various countries, 1890s

Where did the movies come from? Sophisticated glass-slide projectors known as “magic lanterns” were the direct predecessor of the cinema, reaching the height of their popularity during the 1890s. Encompassing travelogues, temperance stories, moral lessons, fairy tales, comic views, and popular songs and poems, lantern shows are a treat for all ages. So travel back in time with us; there will be nothing tawdry or coarse, and nothing cheap (excepting the charge for

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Special admission $12; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25-13 $9; kids 12 & under $5. No passes. 

Face masks, though always recommended, must be worn by filmgoers only when the CDC’s community risk level for Covid in Cuyahoga County is HIGH. Visit for the current community risk level and see the “Face Coverings” section for our detailed mask requirements.

As a reminder, filmgoers can park for free in Lot 73 and in the Institute’s annex lot, and should enter CIA via nearby Entrance C. Click here for a map.

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  • Oct 20, 2022 at 07:45 pm - 09:15 pm (Thu)
* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


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