Welcome to the home of the Magic Lantern Theater

In 1999, a handful of local movie-lovers had a challenging idea: to bring quality film to Old Town Winchester. We established ourselves as a non-profit group – Springboard Cultural Arts – and the Magic Lantern Theater project was born.


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Future Presentation


November 6 & 20 

In a remote Turkish village, five spirited teen-aged sisters run afoul of their strict, tradition-minded guardians who confine and force them into a world of homemaking and arranged marriage.

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Future Presentation

Elvis And Nixon

December 4 & 18 

This is a comic but also touching recreation of the real-life meeting between Elvis Presley (Michael Shannon) and President Nixon (Kevin Spacey) in 1970.

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Our Next Presentation


October 2 at 4:30 p.m./October 16 at 4 p.m.
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley/Barns of Rose Hill

Michael Moore’s latest film takes him to various nations in Europe and Africa as a one-man “invader,” gathering ideas and practices that the US might adopt. From Italy (generous vacations) to Iceland (strong female presence in government and business), Moore alternately informs and amuses in his usual style.

Rated R; 120 minutes.

Latest News

Magic Lantern Supports Local PBS Documentary

Aug 25, 2016

We are very proud to announce that Magic Lantern recently made our first, modest grant of $2,000 to assist production of the forthcoming PBS documentary, Saving Place, Saving Grace… read more

Two Film Festivals Heading to Winchester

Aug 24, 2016

Just to prove a point that the film scene in Winchester is thriving, there will be two festivals running in September, both supported by the MLT… read more

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