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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Upcoming Films

Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles

January 3rd & 15th

This documentary examines the remarkable genius of Orson Welles and his enigmatic and turbulent career.

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Upcoming Films

Mistress America

February 7th & 20th

Mistress America is a comedy about many things, including dream-chasing, score-settling, makeshift families, and cat-stealing.

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Upcoming Films

Finders Keepers

March 6th & 11th

This warmly received documentary tells a tale of two eccentrics, an auctioned grill with strange contents and events both hilarious and painful.

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Upcoming Films

The Salt of the Earth

April 3rd & 10th

This vivid, Oscar-nominated documentary examines the life, work and travels of the renowned Brazilian photographer, Sebastiao Salgado.

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Our Next Presentation

Far From the Madding Crowd

December 6 at Museum of the Shenandoah Valley | December 20 at the Barns of Rose Hill

Based on the Thomas Hardy classic novel, this is the story of independent and beautiful Bathsheba (Carey Mulligan) her choices, passions and overcoming of hardship.

Talk To Us

Join our lively discussion boards, we have a comment section for every film we have ever shown so please feel free to dip in and join the discussions.

Alternatively you can leave us a comment about the Magic Lantern Theater, let us the films you’d love to see us add to our program in the future!

Magic Lantern Membership


Your Magic Lantern Theater membership provides you with the chance to contribute to a major community effort — the bringing of quality cinema to downtown Winchester and the Winchester area, a project that will enhance the city’s cultural life and help revitalize its historic center.

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