CMOA Theater

Free Event

The 2018 International transforms the museum’s theater into a cinematheque. Taking its name from the French, a cinematheque is a small film house or a film library. Libraries open up a world of knowledge to the public, and the International’s Cinematheque likewise brings to Pittsburgh worlds captured by filmmakers near and far. On four Saturdays, children are invited to a matinee with tea and cookies, and grown-ups to an evening screening followed by a FEAST prepared by a local chef. Each screening is cued to a theme: beauty, politics, children, and sound. Don’t let these words limit your imagination; rather, let them ask what each could possibly encompass.


  • Beauty, November 10, 2018
    There is beauty in being lost in a film: a dreamy, magical, surreal space of vision and sound. Meet beautiful monsters, ghostly apparitions, and historic figures summoned by the imagination of artists.
  • Politics, December 1, 2018
    We all practice politics, though we are not all politicians. Politics signifies an active engagement with governance. As observers and creators, artists often reveal the mechanisms of governance—how rules and regulations affect individuals and their everyday, and how we can reinterpret them.
  • Children, January 26, 2019
    Regardless of age, we all have the potential to grow. Childhood is both a topic and a state of mind for this screening. The matinee features Suzie Silver and Hillary Harp’s program of shorts, Fairy Fantastic!
  • Sound, February 23, 2019
    Silent film, a retronym originating after the invention of the synchronized recorded sound that did away with live musical accompaniment, is not silent. Now, both recorded and live sound are part of an artist’s palette. Unlike paintings and sculptures, sound wanders and lingers, in theaters and galleries and on the streets long after you leave the museum. This matinee features Jeremy Deller’s film based on his class for teenagers on the history of music at the intersection
    of race and politics.


FEAST at CMOA celebrates art through culinary adventures. Following each Cinematheque screening, we welcome regional chefs and culinary teams to our kitchen. Feast with friends and strangers in these intimate gatherings of gastronomical exploration. Enjoy a four-course, family-style meal along with wine and cocktail pairings, all cued to the evening's theme. 

Please visit the FEAST program page for tickets and a full schedule of chef collaborations.