Walker Art Center

Walker Cinema

About — Walker Cinema

Advancing the Art of Cinema

The Walker Cinema features a wide range of contemporary moving image artists and explores the history and creative use of the medium, while representing our global community and engaging our audiences with artistic approaches to the ideas that define our times. From groundbreaking programming with theatrical runs of art house films, the Filmmakers in Conversation series, Expanding the Frame, and the Walker Dialogue & Retrospective series to academic partnerships, the Walker’s innovative, interdisciplinary, and community programs reflect the integrative force of moving images.

Walker Cinema

With state-of-the-art 4K DCP, including Dolby 3D, and Meyer Sound paired with new 35mm and 16mm film projection, the enhanced 21st-century Walker Cinema is one of the best places in the country to view works by the world’s leading directors, artists, and independent filmmakers.


As an integral part of the cinema program, filmmakers are invited to show their works and engage the audience through the Walker Dialogue & Retrospective series and Filmmakers in Conversation. This series began with Clint Eastwood’s inaugural visit in 1990 and has hosted over 60 guests. The array of stellar American and international directors includes Joel and Ethan Coen, Steve McQueen, Isabella Rossellini, Béla Tarr, Ang Lee, Claire Denis, Miloš Forman, Mike Leigh, Harry Belafonte, Kelly Reichardt, Olivier Assayas, and Christopher Nolan.