Aperture Cinema - Winston-Salem
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311 west fourth st.winston salem nc          tel. 336-722-8148
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a/perture cinema is an independent, locally-owned movie theater in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Screening a mix of independent, foreign, documentary, local, and festival films in two 80-seat theaters, one 45-seat screening room, and our newly added 25-seat screening room "petit a/", a/perture has evening screenings seven days a week with additional matinees on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In addition to the traditional freshly-popped popcorn, candy and Coca-Cola beverages, a/perture also offers a wide selection of beer and wine, healthy snacks and special treats made by local bakeries.  Plenty of parking is available in the surrounding downtown area, both on street and in the Cherry/Marshall Parking Deck adjacent to the cinema (see our "downtown" tab for more details).  a/perture brings back the intimate movie-going experience!

Read what others have to say about a/perture:
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Press Links:
Camel City Dispatch- Kids at Heart  
Proximity NC- Screen Club
Camel City Dispatch- Screen Club/Pan's Labyrinth
The Less Desirables Podcast (Feb. 2014)
WFDD Feature (January 2014)
Relish- Fourth Anniversary
Triad Business Journal- Up Close
Winston-Salem Journal - A Long Road
Triad Business Journal (2010)
Yes Weekly - A/perture Cinema enjoys successful opening
Winston Salem Journal - The Latest Picture Show
The Criterion Collection - Watching Winston Salem
DWSP Blog - Downtown Excellence Awards
Winston Salem Journal - Royal Wedding
Film Journal International - Art House Alliance


Plenty of parking is available in the surrounding downtown area, both on street and in the Cherry/Marshall Parking Deck adjacent to the cinema.

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RiverRun International Film Festival
now in its 16th year!

The Less Desirables
the pop culture podcast

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Downtown Winston-Salem Field Guide
an online guide to the best that downtown Winston-Salem has to offer

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Small Batch Brewery
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Tate's Craft Cocktails
279 west fourth street

Foothills Brewing
638 west fourth street

Skippy's Hot Dogs
624 west fourth street

Mundo Tapas Global Cuisine
401 west fourth street

Hutch & Harris
fourth street and spruce

support us

How can you help support a/perture cinema (and help us sustain our mission to bring the best in independent, foreign, documentary, and art on film to the community)?
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Buy a concession
We've got lots to offer! a/perture cinema's concession bar features more than the typical multiplex- we offer a rotating selection of over fifteen domestic and imported beers and over ten wines that are available by the glass and the bottle.  Want something a little more traditional? a/perture serves fountain Coca-Cola products as well as assorted bottled drinks and made-to-order hot coffee and tea. Of course a trip to the movies would not be complete without a/perture's freshly popped popcorn--which makes a surprisingly good pairing with an elegant red wine or nice cold beer.

As a local business, we're proud to carry a number of locally made products, including Wolfies Frozen Custard, Chad's Carolina Corn, candy from It's Chocolate, beer from Foothills Brewery, and more. a/perture also has a large selection of ten different candies ranging from imported Belgian chocolate to staples like M&Ms, Raisinets and Skittles. 

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Take home some a/perture merchandise
We've got lots of a/perture products to choose from! Show your love of a/perture with a t-shirt, koozie, sticker, magnet, water bottle, or one of our other great "a/" products! And don't forget, gift cards are available in any amount (both online and in our lobby), and make a wonderful gift for the cinephile in your life!

Purchase an on-screen ad
Looking for a great way to get your business the exposure it deserves? a/perture cinema attracts over 40,000 patrons a year to our films and special events! Ads can run anywhere from a week (great for special events!) to three months. We offer both static and digital ads- rates are as follows:
Static Ad Rates (1280 x 800 pixel .jpg file; the 8-second ad will run at least 6 times in front of each screening):
1 week: $100
2 weeks: $200
1 month: $300
2 months: $500
Non-profits receive a discount of $25 per week.
For more info, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. !

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Join the a/v society
Our a/v society membership offers members exclusive discounts, including discounted tickets, free popcorn and more! Visit our a/v society page for more info!

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Buy a seat nameplate
Want to be a permanent part of a/perture cinema? Consider purchasing a personalized seat nameplate for yourself or as a gift! A limited number are still available- cost for each nameplate is $150 plus tax.  Click here to purchase a nameplate through our Paypal site!


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host a film screening, corporate meeting or private party at a/perture cinema.

Theater capacity
3 theaters (two 80-seat theaters and one 45-seat screening room)

Film and Video Equipment:
Each theater is equipped with Christie Digital projectors and a high quality video projector. We can show video from most digital formats including DVD, Computer and Digibeta.

Audio Equipment:
Both theaters are equipped with a state-of-the-art JBL surround sound system. 

Film screenings:
a/perture cinema is the perfect venue for local filmmakers to screen films, from premiere openings to meet the filmmaker sessions. 

Film series:
Host your next non-profit or special group series film at a/perture.

Corporate meetings:
Our unique and comfy theaters make a great location for meetings, conferences, presentations, trainings, speaker, seminars, etc.

Private parties:
Tell us your special needs and we will tailor a morning, evening or afternoon just for your event, including birthday parties, holiday gatherings, speaking engagements, fundraisers, benefits, etc.  We recently had our first wedding at a/perture, which was a truly unique experience!

We offer several convenient birthday package deals:
Morning Weekend Package (our best value!):
Saturday or Sunday morning (9 a.m.- 1 p.m.) $175/hr. (2 hr. minimum)

After School Package:
Monday-Friday (2 p.m.- 6 p.m.) $150/hr. (2 hr. minimum)

All packages include: 
-full use of screening room 
-full use of party room (seating for 25; you may provide your own refreshments) 
-free popcorn for up to 25 guests

We’re open to new ideas and creative uses of the space, so please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info (including additional rates and availability)! 
(Please note: we try to respond to your inquiries as soon as possible, but be sure to contact us as far in advance of your potential rental date as you can!)
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Weekly E-mail Sponsorship
Looking for a way to get your business greater exposure to potential customers? Consider sponsoring our weekly e-mails! Our e-mail subscriber list reaches 4,800 individuals, with a 30% open rate- and we send out both a Tuesday and Friday e-mail to give your business maximum advertising potential.  Your sponsorship will feature a banner ad featuring your logo at the top of our e-mail.
Sample ad:
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Sponsorship rates are as follows:
1 week: $75
2 weeks: $125
1 month: $200
If you're a non-profit looking to advertise, we offer a special discount of $25 per week!
We also offer an optional banner ad design service for an additional $50 fee (including 2 revisions).
Please e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information about this new advertising opportunity!

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