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


November 1st & 15th

Set in ancient Timbuktu during its 2012 capture by Islamic fundamentalists, this 2014 Oscar-nominated drama shows the strengths, absurdities and tragedies of today’s Muslim world.

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Upcoming Films

Far From The Madding Crowd

December 6th & 20th

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

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Our Next Presentation


I’ll See You In My Dreams

October 4th at Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
October 25th at the Barns of Rose Hill

In this funny and heartfelt film, a widow discovers that life can begin anew at any age. Carol (Blyth Danner) em-braces the world, with new family & love relationships.

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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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