Trinity Treasure



Cinestudio, an independent movie theater located at the center of Trinity’s campus, attracts students, faculty members, Hartford-area residents, and theatergoers from all over New England and beyond. With its legendary sound and picture quality, Cinestudio provides a venue for patrons to immerse themselves in foreign, national, independent, and critically acclaimed films. The theater—founded nearly 50 years ago by a team of enthusiastic Trinity students, including James Hanley ’72 and Peter McMorris ’73, who continue its daily operations—first opened its doors in 1970 in a renovated Clement Chemistry Building lecture hall. Cinestudio, which became a not-for-profit arts institution in 2002, holds daily showings that include classics such as Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey—shown on physical 70mm film—and newer Oscar-winners such as The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The theater also hosts several annual film festivals. April in Paris offers French-language films and often features question-and-answer sessions with directors and actors. The spring’s student-run Trinity Film Festival, which just celebrated its seventh year, showcases undergraduate student-made films from around the world that are judged for awards. Early summer brings the Connecticut LGBT Film Festival, which marked its 31st year this past summer; it aims to spread awareness of queer-related issues. Students also may volunteer and assume leadership roles to help run the theater. Lauren Wiener ’18, who as Cinestudio coordinator recruited and trained student volunteers, says that it is the “small scale and intimate nature of the theater that make it really special.” For more information, please visit


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