About Us

Executive Director, Brett Bossard
brett@cinemapolis.org
(607) 277-6115
120 East Green St, Ithaca NY 14850

What is Cinemapolis?

The first answer is simple: we are a first-run movie theater located in the heart of Downtown Ithaca, specializing in independent, foreign, and locally-produced films.

But more than that, Cinemapolis is a community center where the art of film is used to enrich people's lives, grapple with and illuminate contemporary issues, and, of course, to entertain.


OUR MISSION
The 7th Art Corporation, a non-profit media arts organization, encourages central New York residents to explore the power of film to entertain, educate, and to celebrate the human experience.

7th Art is dedicated to providing a sophisticated community with the best in new international and independent cinema. Since its formation in 2000, The 7th Art Corporation owned and operated Ithaca's downtown movie theaters, Cinemapolis and Fall Creek Pictures--and now houses five screens under one roof at the new Cinemapolis.


Ticket sales only cover 72% of the cost of running Cinemapolis, and we depend on our members and supporters to keep fine films coming to Ithaca. We look forward to your suggestions and your support. Donations can be made securely on-line (click on the "Be A Donor" option), or simply sent to Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green St,  Ithaca, NY 14850

Since 7th Art is a 501 (c) (3), your gift may be entirely or partly tax-deductible; consult your tax advisor.

If you have questions about donations or membership, please call 277-6115 during daytime hours.

OUR STAFF

Brett BossardExecutive Director of 7th Art, joined the CInemapolis team in 2013.  Formerly the executive director of the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, Bossard has more than a decade of non-profit arts management as well as degrees in screenwriting and popular culture studies. 

7TH ART BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2014
ABOUT CINEMAPOLIS
Good film enriches human experience with meaning and understanding. For more than 20 years Ithaca’s two art cinema houses, Cinemapolis and Fall Creek Pictures were dedicated to showing the best examples of the “seventh art”; films that stir our feelings, open our minds, connect us to others and deepen our understanding of life so that when we leave the theater, the world looks a little different.

Now operating solely under the roof of the new Cinemapolis, the local nonprofit organization 7th Art, aspires to enrich the artistic, social, and political life of our community through film. Toward this end, Cinemapolis:
History of 7th Art
Cinemapolis, operated by Seventh Art, Inc., has been a vital part of Ithaca’s cultural life since 1986. Initially a for-profit organization established by Lynne Cohen and Richard Szanyi, the theater was located in two sites, the Fall Creek and Cinemapolis theaters. Cinemapolis was reorganized in 2000 to become a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), board-directed organization, like other arts organizations such as the Hangar and Kitchen theaters.

In 2007, the Board decided to take the opportunity to design a brand new theater in downtown Ithaca, a site which has allowed an ever expanding program of community education and special events as well as the continuation of fine independent and art films. All 5 screens are now located under one roof with updated equipment in an attractive, accessible and comfortable environment. Among the special educational offerings are discussions about films that raise important current issues, “Local Favorites” lecture series and Kidsflix matinees, in addition to an expanded role in the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival.

A membership program was established in 2008 with the goal of increasing revenue while attracting new members of the community to experience and benefit from Cinemapolis offerings. Members receive discounts on every movie ticket and most refreshments, in addition to other benefits, depending on membership level.

An advertising sales program has also been started as an alternative revenue stream. Ads for local businesses and organizations are shown in all five theaters as well as on a screen visible from outside the theater. Additional revenue programs include rental of the theater to community organizations and individuals, program and film sponsorship, and individual major gifts.

Building Community 
As a community Cinema, Cinemapolis responds to the community’s interests by offering excellent examples of the film arts and educational programming centered on film. Cinemapolis screens works by local filmmakers, produces festivals in partnership with Ithaca College and Cornell, and works to educate students about the power of film. Community residents of all ages benefit from the growth that comes not only from exposure to exciting film, but also from joining their neighbors to participate in the arts.

Building Economy 
A thriving downtown art film house is an asset to the community, a magnet attracting visitors who shop and patronize restaurants. A strong cultural community is a powerful recruiting tool for area educational institutions and businesses. Individuals and companies like to be a part of communities where citizens value the arts and appreciate the rich texture the arts add to the quality of life.