MEET THE NEW MAIN
MSP Film Society celebrates our 60th Anniversary in 2022 with an exciting expansion.
MSP Film Society is thrilled to be taking over operations at the St. Anthony Main Theatre and programming all five screens beginning in 2022! Work has begun on refreshing and relaunching the theatre as MSP Film at The Main – just in time for a Grand Opening in late April, and the return of the in-person MSP International Film Festival, slated for May 5 – 19, 2022.
For the past 60 years, the MSP Film Society has been the regional go-to for international and independent cinema. From our humble but groundbreaking beginnings in 1962 as the U Film Society, armed with the mission of bringing Arthouse film and New Wave masters to the Twin Cities, MSP Film Society has grown into the Upper Midwest’s leading nonprofit exhibitor of bold and exciting films by established and emerging filmmakers from around the globe and here at home. Now, we are poised to expand those offerings.
“For so long, we have dreamed of becoming even more of a cultural magnet by creating a year-round community cinema space where we can experience the expansive, inspiring, and entertaining world of international and independent film together,” said Susan Smoluchowski, Executive Director of MSP Film Society. “We are eager to launch MSP Film at The Main and invite our film loving and filmmaking community to join us as we continue to provide a unique window on the world for the next 60 years.”
MSP Film Society looks forward to bringing more of the bounty of MSPIFF’s inclusive, extensive, and groundbreaking programming to the Twin Cities and expanding our year-round programs, including hosting more insightful guests and inspiring filmmakers. Operating all five screens also allows us to expand our MN-Made program, providing opportunities for our homegrown talent to screen their films for local audiences, and for our community partners to share the theater for special screenings and events.
“Connecting independent storytellers with audiences is what we’re all about, and this exciting new venture will create untold opportunities for that cinematic intersection to grow,” said Jesse Bishop, MSP Film Society’s Program Director. “Daily programming on all five screens at The Main is a big step forward for us, and we are excited to begin crafting a destination where you are certain to be surprised, entertained, comforted, informed, seen and heard, through the movies.”
Our thanks to the extraordinary THE MAIN Revamp Team led by Architect Marcelo Valdes, Project Manager Kirk Hokanson, and KNOCK Inc’s Designers Reggie Reyes and Joe Anderson, to Cambria and 3M for their generous donations, to Julie and John Rimarcik for their generous backing, and to Bill and Michelle Pohlad for their generous challenge grant in support of MSP Film at THE MAIN.
The MSP Film Society is a dynamic 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to fostering a knowledgeable and vibrant appreciation of the art of film and its power to inform and transform individuals and communities. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.