For half a century, Rice Cinema has maintained an international reputation as an important cultural center in Houston, Texas. As defined by its founders, Jean and Dominique de Menil, it is a cinemateque experience for both the screening of great films and the opportunity to discuss these works. This program emerges from the spirit of artists and teachers like James Blue, Roberto Rossellini, and Colin Young who saw cinema as a subject of conversation and part of a community, rather than a commodity to be consumed.
Rice Cinema regularly shows documentaries, foreign films, and experimental cinema and has brought filmmakers from all parts of the world to present their work. Among the many filmmakers that have come through our doors are Andy Warhol, Jean Luc Godard, Dennis Hopper, Richard Lester, Sam Peckinpah, Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, Fernando Solanas, Shirin Neshat, Patricio Guzman, Arturo Ripstein, Albert Maysles, and many others.
Rice Cinema has the ability to screen almost any film ever made, from early silent cinema to contemporary world digital cinema, including 16mm and 35mm film formats. As part of the filmmaking program in the Visual and Dramatic Arts it brings the communities of Rice and the city of Houston together over the most significant form of storytelling in the modern world.
(Photo by Giverny Lab, courtesy of Houston Cinema Arts Society)
Rice Cinema has been showing movies, documentaries, and artist films--as well as hosting panels, symposia, and lectures--since 1970.
"It's a small single screen theater on the Rice campus which seems to show random artsy movies and documentaries. I'm all about free movies so I've hit this place up twice for some screenings of movies I wouldn't traditionally watch. I think its a fun way to catch a movie or two that you normally wouldn't to expand your cinema horizons." --Alan S., Houston, TX
"I've been to a few movies here, independant films and documentaries mostly. I am part of the Houston Green Scene so they use this venue once a month for their Green series. I wish I could go more often but they always choose good ones and have good speaker panels." --Gaby D., Houston, TX
"A nice alternative film venue with a program of foreign feature films that is 2nd only to the Museum of Fine Arts. And for the non-conformist in you, some of their films are more small-time and obscure than what you'd find at the MFA. They're hosting a few different film festivals this year, including an Asian film festival and a Latin American film festival. And they sometimes host Q and A's with the filmmakers, which brings alot of energy to the screenings..." --Darren Y., Houston, TX