Our film screenings highlight underground, avant-garde and independent cinema. When we can, we host the filmmaker for an introduction and post screening Q&A. We have shown thousands of films ranging from structural classics like Tony Conrad's "The Flicker" on 16mm, to music films such as Bjork's "Biophilia Live" and Sigur Ros' "Heima". We strive to bring classic films to be screened on 16mm but also new films by emerging independent filmmakers.

"ORPHEUS" by JEAN COCTEAU, 1950, B/W, English Subtitles, on 16mm Film. 95 minutes.

DATE: Sunday September 18th, 2022 @ 7PM

VENUE: Midtown Cinema


"Orpheus" is a Greek myth about a musician who descends into the underworld to reclaim his dead wife, and so enchants the gods with the music of his lyre that they permit her to return to the land of the living--on the condition that he never look at her. Jean Cocteau set his 1949 film of the story in modern-day Paris, and added twists that would have startled the Greeks, especially a romantic triangle with Death as the third partner.

"Orpheus" shows Cocteau's taste for magic and enchantment; he uses simple but dramatic special effects and trick shots to show his characters passing into the world of death by stepping through mirrors, and when he wants a character to spring back to life, he simply runs the film backward. He weaves his effects so lightly into the story that after a time they aren't tricks at all, but simply the conditions of his mythical world. -Roger Ebert:


Richard Linklater's "DAZED AND CONFUSED" rooftop screening at The Millworks, FREE, Wednesday June 15th

dazedDATE: Wednesday June 15th, 2022 @ 8PM

VENUE: The Millworks


Come see the classic end of the school year movie, "DAZED AND CONFUSED" (1993), starring Parker Posey, Rory Cochrane, Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, and Milla Jovovich, on the Rooftop at The Millworks!

Synopsis: A group of friends and their siblings each have different experiences on the last day of school in 1976, all culminating in a party in the woods. Rated R


freaksceneDATE: Tuesday May 31st, 2022 @ 7PM

VENUE: Midtown Cinema


Come see this amazing documentary on the big screen! Homage of one of the most influential bands on the American East Coast, which inspired the rock scene - an emotional, tragically funny and sometimes noisy roller-coaster ride by a dysfunctional family - Dinosaur Jr. Featuring: Kim Gordon, Lou Barlow, Bob Mould, J Mascis, Henry Rollins, Thurston Moore, Murph, and More!!! This film is only being released theatrically across the country at select cinemas for this one night and we are excited to be bringing it to Central Pennsylvania audiences!

OLD SCHOOL: Educational films on 16mm!

redlightDATE: Wednesday March 16th, 2022 @ 7PM

VENUE: The Millworks

ADMISSION: FREE at The Millworks in Harrisburg!

Lots of fun educational films about Stranger Danger, Drivers Education, Sex Education and Drug Use. These were 16mm films that used to be shown in High Schools, usually as scare tactics, but also as Education! Come see the fun, old school educational films at the Millworks.


"60s safety scare film "Red Light Green Light" (16mm)


scopitone sqDATE: Wednesday February 16th, 2022 @ 7PM

VENUE: The Millworks

ADMISSION: FREE at The Millworks in Harrisburg!

In the late 1950's a french company, Cameca, started to build music juke-boxes for 16mm films! The result: SCOPITONES! Kitschy, campy, fun, odd music films made in the 1960's to promote modern pop music.

Come to the Millworks to see a full program of 16mm films with booming magnetic sound!

Classic scopitone examples:


"We'll Sing In The Sunshine"

Don't Go Gentle: A Film About IDLES

poaster idles docDATE: Wednesday January 26th, 2022 @ 7PM

VENUE: The Millworks

ADMISSION: FREE at The Millworks in Harrisburg!

MORE INFO: Vimeo On Demand Page

Come see a film about a genuine/emphatic/empathetic community which surrounds the band IDLES. A community screening for the Harrisburg area.


A film about finding strength in vulnerability. This raucous, uncompromising journey through determination, friendship and adversity follows Bristol-born rock outfit IDLES as they fight for a place in a divided socio-political environment - and unexpectedly inspire and unify an international community along the way. In a time when the ground is shifting beneath our feet, where open communication and truthful reflection are more vital than ever, we accompany lead singer Joe Talbot and the band as they tear across stages, knock down stereotypes and empower fans to face down uncomfortable realities and talk about mental health.

short films and videos created by Central Pennsylvania artists

SATURDAY MAY 29th, 10AM: Join us for a selection of short films and videos created by Central Pennsylvania artists.
  • “Power”, "Wind", "Bicycle" by Dana Sink. (5 minutes)
  • “Lake Jean” and “Lost Horse Valley” by Caleb Smith (6 minutes)
  • “Footage Shot Along The Susquehanna River Set To Various Pieces Of Music” by Eric Dietrick (30 minutes)
  • “Animal Farm” by James Hollenbaugh, (3 minutes)
  • “Lightmare” by Josh Drake
  • “Camera Sick” by Jeremy Moss
  • "Athwart•••Omni" by Michael Robinson, Super-8, (17 min.)

SKIZZ CYZYK Live Q&A with a program of SHORT FILMS

Skizz Cyzyk Moviate Q and ADATE: Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 7 PM EDT – 8 PM EDT

VENUE: Virtual Screening With Live Q&A / Discussion Live Streaming


Skizz Cyzyk has been making films and music for decades. His passion for film and music cross into each other across many projects including his own bands Go Pills, The Jennifers, Berzerk and more. Join us for a short program of films by Skizz Cyzyk along with a live Q&A/Interview with Skizz.


skunkapeDATE: Sunday April 18, 2021 @7PM

VENUE: Virtual Screening With Live Q&A / Discussion Live Streaming

ADMISSION: FREE (Tips to the filmmaker appreciated)

 Join us for a selection of short documentary films and narratives by filmmaker Brad Abrahams. We were happy to show Brad's feature film LOVE & SAUCERS a few years back and are excited to show some of his short subjects and have a virtual discussion after the screening.

Come see the following films and maybe even a special surprise short film that is in post production at the moment!

A short documentary about the unofficial artist of conspiracy theory culture, the controversial and recently departed David Dees. An artist for Sesame Street for 13 years, Dees was on the track to a lucrative career as a commercial artist in Los Angeles. Then, 9/11 happened, and he forever went down the conspiracy theory rabbit-hole. But is there a way out of the darkness

First the Macarena, then MKULTRA. The partly real story of a cruise ship vacation for conspiracy theorists that takes a turn for the surreal when their most outlandish theories come true on board.

A docu-series in development about bizarre folklore, created with Kai Wada Roath and Matt Ralston.
Beneath our modern world lies a nearly forgotten one, easily overlooked by the common eye. “Keep Folklore Alive!”, an episodic documentary series, opens the portal into this world, revealing little known astounding stories, the real people who believe in them, and the places they manifest in.

“It exists…”
Maybe. A short-form documentary on South Florida's strangest bipedal resident, as told by the rare few who claim they've encountered the creature. At over 1.5 million acres, the 'Glades are the largest wilderness area east of the Mississippi, with thousands of acres untouched by man. If indeed something this strange could exist, it would surely be here

John Waters' "HAIRSPRAY" rooftop screening at The Millworks, FREE, Wednesday May 18th

hairsprayDATE: Wednesday May 18th, 2022 @ 8PM

VENUE: The Millworks


Come see the John Waters hit movie, "HAIRSPRAY" (1988), starring Divine, Ricki Lake, Sonny Bono, Debby Harry, and Jerry Stiller on the Rooftop at The Millworks!

Synopsis: An unpopular but optimistic high-school teen in early 1960s Baltimore gets onto a local dance program, which she eventually integrates, causing a scandal in the whole city.

ROLLING STONE -Life and Death of Brian Jones Documentary Screening

rollingstoneDATE: Sunday February 23rd, 2020 @ 7PM

VENUE: Midtown Cinema

ADMISSION: $10 ($5 for Midtown Cinema Members)


Directed by Danny Garcia (The Rise and Fall of The Clash/Looking for Johnny/Sad Vacation/STIV), ‘Rolling Stone: Life and Death Of Brian Jones’ is the first feature length documentary to be produced about the founder and original leader of The Rolling Stones. In the mid 60’s, Brian Jones emerged as 'the face' and poster boy of the Bohemian Swingin’ London scene, topping the charts with The Rolling Stones and dating model/actress Anita Pallenberg. However, his excessive lifestyle and his reputation as 'the original bad boy of Rock & Roll' was to cost him dearly.

As the scene descended into the acid ridden year of 1967 so did Brian. Targeted by the authorities and media, he spiralled out of control losing both Anita and the respect of the Stones. Two years later, Brian was found at the bottom of his swimming pool, the verdict: death by misadventure. During the last 50 years many theories have emerged, claiming that Brian was murdered and that it was covered up at high level, as ‘Rolling Stone: Life and Death Of Brian Jones’ discovers- the evidence for this is extremely compelling.


ASK ANY BUDDY - Special Documentary Film Screening - One Night Only!

Ask Any Buddy Film PosterDATE: Sunday, January 26th, 2020 @ 7PM

VENUE: Midtown Cinema

ADMISSION: $10 ($5 For Midtown Cinema Members)

Adults Only! Film contains explicit content!

Long before films like LOVE, SIMON and CALL ME BY YOUR NAME became common fare at the multiplex, the only places gay men could see their lives and lusts depicted on screen with any degree of honesty was at their local all-male adult cinema. From coming out stories to romances, melodramas to camp comedies, the hundreds of films churned out by the gay adult film industry throughout the 60s, 70s, and 80s were a driving force behind the spread of gay culture and constitute a largely forgotten cinematic document of the era — films that were often shot in actual queer spaces, starred the people who frequented them, and then played back in movie theaters that doubled as safe communal spaces for members of the community.

ASK ANY BUDDY is a feature-length video companion to the Artforum ‘Best of 2018’ Instagram feed of the same name. The piece uses fragments from 126 theatrical feature films spanning the years 1968-1986 to create a kaleidoscopic snapshot of urban gay life in the era — or at least how it looked in the movies.

From casual tearoom cruising to actual police raids, ASK ANY BUDDY uses rare footage shot at dozens of real bathhouses, bars, movie theaters, pride parades and legendary hotspots like New York’s West Side Piers to explore both the sex film genre’s unique blend of fantasy and reality and its role in documenting a subculture that was just starting to come into visibility in the years immediately following the Stonewall Riots. The piece uses explicit (but not gratuitous!) footage to accurately depict the social practices of the time and the types of activities that actually went on at these locations.

ASK ANY BUDDY was created by Evan Purchell, a film historian whose work on the subject has led to collaborations with Dark Entries Records, Dirty Looks, and Vinegar Syndrome. He is currently conducting research for an upcoming book on the history of the gay adult film industry.

"Purchell has compiled the ultimate photo album, full of moving snapshots of what gay culture—from cruising to cuddling, from smoking to sucking, from letter writing to leather wearing—looked like in the 60s, 70s, and 80s." - Juan Barquin, Dim the House Lights


HOLLY JOLLY FILM SHORTS (2020 Virtual Edition)

DATE: Sunday December 20, 2020 Starts at 7pm (EST)

VENUE: Live @ www.moviate.org

ADMISSION: Free, Donations welcome!

Join us for our annual HOLLY JOLLY FILMS SHORTS HOLIDAY SHORT FILM PROGRAM this year virtually from the comfort of your own home! Free and Family Friendly! Join us for a selection of Kitsch Classics, fun animations, and the Holly Jolly staples we all love! We wish were were back at the Midtown Cinema showing you these films on 16mm per the usual, but we are happy to provide you with a little Holiday fun virtually with lots of surprises!

So, mix up the egg nog and get cozy in front of the fireplace - and your computer or TV! We'll see you there!!!

Santa lurks in Santa in Animal Land

I, Apostate - A Feature Film by Jeremy Moss

TWIT 2DATE: Sunday - November 24th, 2019 @ 7pm

VENUE: Midtown Cinema


I, Apostate (2019)

In-Person Screening and
Post Film Q&A with Jeremy Moss

(Running Time: 61:35)

A fantasia of post-indoctrination, immigration, and iconography. A pageant of wanderers and searchers: Mormon missionaries, a pioneer, polygamists, scouts, hunters, church-goers, and an aspiring prophet walk and walk and walk. A pilgrimage of memory, history, ancestry, and place.

An experimental documentary that interrogates and explores the seeds of the filmmaker’s own religious indoctrination and eventual apostasy. He revisits the European landscapes where his ancestors were converted to Mormonism in the 1800s. He examines the desert places they colonized in the American West. He returns to Brazil and interviews individuals he had converted to the faith twenty years ago. Part diary film and part surrealist essay, the film deals with the experience of conversion and indoctrination, the pain of apostasy, and the discomfort and contentment from never fully breaking free.

Shot on location in Sweden, England, Northern Ireland, Brazil, upstate New York, the Great Plains, and the state of Utah. The film was completed at the Light Cone Atelier 105 post-production residency in Paris.

Jeremy Moss is a Pennsylvania-based filmmaker from the American Southwest.
His films often overlap a number of genres—including dance film, surrealist non-fiction/fiction, and film emulsion-based abstraction. His work has screened at festivals and venues including Edinburgh International Film Festival, Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Chicago Underground, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Artists’ Television Access, Anthology Film Archives, UnionDocs, and Microscope Gallery. He is an Associate Professor of Film/Media at Franklin & Marshall College. His films and videos are distributed by Light Cone.



FREAKS - Shown on 16mm Film - A film by Tod Browning

FreaksposterDATE: Sunday October 27, 2019 @ 7PM

VENUE: Midtown Cinema


PLUS 16mm Halloween Short Films!

Freaks is a 1932 American pre-Code horror film produced and directed by Tod Browning. The original version of the film, running 90 minutes, was considered too shocking to be released, so several scenes were cut, resulting in an abridged runtime of 64 minutes. The original version no longer exists.

The film is based on elements from the short story "Spurs" by Tod Robbins.

The eponymous characters were played by people who worked as carnival sideshow performers and had real deformities. The film stars Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova and Roscoe Ates. Among the deformed cast were dwarf siblings Harry and Daisy Earles, Johnny Eck who had sacral agenenis, the conjoined twin sisters Daisy and Violet Hilton, and Schlitzie.

Reading 1974: Portrait of A City - 45th Anniversary Screening

Reading1974DATE: Sunday  September 22, 2019 @ 7PM

VENUE: Midtown Cinema


45th Anniversary Screening - New 2K Transfer

With Filmmakers Gary Adelstein and Jerry Orr Presenting In Person!

 We are pleased to be screening a NEW 2K Resolution restoration/transfer of "READING 1974: Portrait of a City" by Jerry Orr, Gary Adlestein and Costas Mantis.
This special 45th anniversary screening will be presented by filmmakers Jerry Orr and Gary Adlestein.

"One of the most original and most interesting American independent feature-length films of 1975." - Film Comment, May/June 1976

"So exotic and oozing with character, I forgot I was looking at my own culture. Unforgettable and beautifully bizarre." -Mike Kuchar

"Very impressive - one of the best of its kind that I've seen."- Bill Judson, Film Curator, Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute

An incredible film, Reading 1974 captures a city as the suburbs took over as a mainstay of American life. Shot on 16mm film with various interviews and amazing cinematography, the film transports the viewer back to a time when the city was vibrant and alive, before a lull in the 80's/90's and early 2000's.

The Broadway play "SWEAT" discovered how important the film was and seeked permission to use it as part of their broadway show. This prompted a new 2K restored transfer.

Produced and directed by: Gary Adlestein, Costa Mantis, Jerry Orr. A documentary (in the city symphony tradition begun by experimentalists in the 1920's) that captures the essence of Reading, PA in 1974 at the height of the urban renewal era, when the centers of many mid-sized American cities were gutted and redesigned to make way for the "the future." The film captures its subject at exactly the point when what seemed unique and special about this rather old-fashioned, Pennsylvania Dutch, urban center was rapidly disappearing. This 16mm portrait - the first film to receive a production grant from the PA Council of the Arts - was shown at film venues (eg., MoMA's "What's Happening" series) and festivals throughout the country. As the years have passed, the makers of the documentary have observed it evolve into both a fascinating 1970's time capsule and a poignant cinematic elegy. (According to the 2010 Census Bureau data on cities with a population of more than 65,000, Reading had the "largest share of its residents living in poverty, barely edging out Flint, Mich." - New York Times 10/26/11).

Jerry Orr and Gary Adlestein have visited Moviate many times to show their solo and collaborative pieces. Their organization, Berks Filmmakers was one of the main inspirations for the start of Moviate and the mission to bring avant-garde, underground, and personal cinema to the Harrisburg area.

Claudo Simonetti's Goblin performs live score to Deep Red/Profondo Rosso

GoblinPicDATE: Wednesday September 18, 2019 @ 7PM

VENUE: Chameleon Club in Lancaster PA

ADMISSION: (21+ Only) $25 Standing $40 Seated

Tone Deaf Touring, Dread Central, MetalSucks and Freeman Promotions Present: Claudio Simonetti's Goblin performing the live score to Dario Argento's classic film, Deep Red / Profondo Rosso, plus an additional set of classic Goblin material.

This show is brought to you locally by Mr. Suit Records and Moviate


Nightcrawlers (Opioid Documentary) - a film by Stephen McCoy

Screenshot 37DATE: Sunday August 25th, 2019 @ 7PM

VENUE: Midtown Cinema

ADMISSION: $8 - 25% of Each Ticket Will Be Donated to PRO.A - The Pennsylvania Recovery Organizations Alliance

- Sean Dunne (American Juggalo / Oxyana)

In 2011, Stephen McCoy set out to make a documentary film about homeless people and addicts in downtown Boston, people he labeled “Nightcrawlers.” Using his Hi8 camcorder, he filmed everything he experienced. And now, after his five year journey, he’s homeless and addicted to heroin. NIGHTCRAWLERS chronicles his journey and metamorphosis from artist and documentarian to subject of his own cautionary tale. Curated from almost 80 hours of his personal tapes, this intoxicating video diary gives a glimpse into a post-financial crisis America, a place of fear, paranoia, and poverty that drew the filmmaker into its dark underbelly and never let go.

ADULTS ONLY (17+ due to drug use, nudity, and violence)

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