About Us


The Art Theater builds a creative, compassionate, and critically-engaged community through the exhibition of great cinema & media arts.



The Art Theater’s mission is to:

  • Cultivate and engage audiences for US independent and international cinema;
  • Promote culture, education, and dialogue through and about film;
  • Foster awareness and understanding of the human condition;
  • Enrich the cultural landscape of Champaign-Urbana;

We strive to build community by making cinema an inclusive, informative, and entertaining experience by offering diverse, provocative, and cutting-edge programming.  We partner with community organizations and individuals to offer educational and specialized programming. We also endeavor to provide a space for local filmmakers. As a non-profit, member-driven program of the Art Film Foundation, we aim to be a model community cinema, and are aligned with the mission and vision for art house theaters as articulated by the Art House Convergence.


The Art Theater is a program of the 501(c)(3) Art Film Foundation.

We are located at:
126 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 355-0068

Art Theater Staff:

Rhiannon Bettivia
Interim Executive Director

B Erickson
House Manager

Laurel Nobilette
Bookkeeper & Interim Programmer

Tim Goodwine
Back Bar Coordinator

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