The Loft Cinema is a local nonprofit cinema dedicated to creating community through film, honoring the vision of filmmakers, celebrating ideas and promoting the appreciation and understanding of the art of film.
The Loft Cinema has been a mission-driven, membership-supported nonprofit arts organization since November 2002, serving the greater Tucson area and all of Southern Arizona.
Without The Loft, audiences in Southern Arizona would not have access to the many films and visiting filmmakers who have enriched Tucson’s cultural identity. The Loft’s signature events are screenings with filmmaker Q&As, with more than 450 film industry professionals and scholars visiting the theatre to date. The Loft screens new independent American and foreign films and documentaries, along with classic art films, interactive events including a monthly short film contest, sing-a-longs and cult favorites. Every year The Loft has dozens of community partners working to create community and raise awareness of a myriad of issues.
The Loft hosts an annual international film festival in the fall and a free children’s film festival every July.
The Loft is a member-supported cinema, with more than 3000 memberships representing more than 5000 individuals. Since 2002, attendance at The Loft has more than tripled, with more than 168,000 people coming to films at the cinema in 2013.
The Loft is a member of the Sundance Institute’s Art House Project, based on our excellence of programming and service to the community. The Loft was selected to be an official venue of the Sundance Film Festival in their Sundance USA program in 2012, 2013 and 2014 (the final year of Sundance Film Festival USA). The Loft was one of 7 American cinemas to be a collaborating partner with Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue in 2012, an honor The Loft also enjoyed in 2011.
Tucson is one of the smaller communities among the list of cities with independent, nonprofit, mission-driven art houses like The Loft. While we are a member of the Sundance Art House Project and we meet annually with our colleagues from similar cinemas, we, like all the other theatres, are unique. Independent art houses reflect their own communities, and The Loft is uniquely programmed to meet the needs of the many communities-of-interest that we serve.
The Loft is one of 8 cinemas in the US to receive a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation for Science on Screen, a series of films introduced by scientists. The Loft has a Science on Screen advisory committee that includes Joaquin Ruiz, University of Arizona Executive Dean of Letters, Arts and Sciences, John Paul Jones, Dean of the UA School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Jim Gentile, CEO of the Tucson-based Research Corporation for the Advancement of Science.
Voted BEST OF TUCSON every year since 2003 by readers of the Tucson Weekly, The Loft Cinema has received several other awards, including Lumies from the Tucson Pima Arts Council for Emerging Arts Organization and Best Established Arts Organization.
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THE LOFT has been Tucson’s Art House for 42 years, the last 12 as a nonprofit.
THE LOFT is one of 17 invited members of the Sundance Art House Project.
THE LOFT is one of 50 cinemas in the US invited by the New York Film Critics to participate in their monthly film series.
THE LOFT was one of nine cinemas selected to be part of Sundance Film Festival USA, becoming an “official venue of the Sundance Film Festival” for one exciting night every year.
THE LOFT hosted 83 filmmakers in 2013, including local, national and international guests.
THE LOFT worked with 79 community partners in 2013.
THE LOFT has screened films from 56 countries.
THE LOFT has been voted Best of Tucson by readers of the Tucson Weekly every year since it became a nonprofit.
THE LOFT is one of three top recipients of grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts in 2016, at the same level of funding as the Children’s Museum Tucson and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. The Loft is the only cinema to receive state funding through the Commission.