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 art house cinema in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina, "the City of Arts and Innovation." 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 alternative viewing space "petit a/", a/perture cinema is the community's home for film and the cultural dialogue it spurs.
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 while showcasing films that enrich, educate and challenge us all.

a/perture is proud to provide access to all of our patrons, including those who have special requirements.  We have restrooms located on the first floor of our building, and have handicapped access via our elevator available for those viewing films in s/tudio 3 and petit a/.  

Additionally, through the generous gift provided by Carolina Hearing Doctors, we will soon be providing closed captioning service to our hearing impaired customers via the Doremi Captiview system in studios 1 and 2 (more info coming soon)! 
Click here to view Captiview's User Instructions.

Read what others have to say about a/perture:
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Press Links:
Examiner.com- a/perture cinema
Yes Weekly- Made in Winston-Salem Series
Proximity NC- Made in Winston-Salem 
Camel City Dispatch- Made in Winston-Salem Series
Triad City Beat- The Triad 100 (2014- we're #47)
Vocativ- 35 Best U.S. Cities (W-S is #22!)
MyFox8- Screen Club
Asheboro Magazine- Screen Club
Yes Weekly- Kids at Heart Series
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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Downtown Winston-Salem Field Guide
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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. Our ad 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):
(prices effective February 24, 2015)
1 week: $150
2 weeks: $250
1 month: $350
2 months: $575

Non-Profit Ad Rates (2 week minimum required): 
2 weeks: $200
1 month: $275
2 months: $450

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!

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, and can feature a clickable link to your website/Facebook page!
Sample ad:
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Sponsorship rates are as follows:
1 week: $75
2 weeks: $125
1 month: $200
Non-profit sponsorship rates: 
1 week: $50
1 month: $150
We also offer an optional banner ad design service for an additional $50 fee (including 1 revision).
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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Rental Policy:

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

Theater capacity:
4 theaters (two 80-seat theaters, one 45-seat screening room, and one 25-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 main 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)
(PLEASE NOTE: these rates apply for use of petit a/ theater; for additional rate information, please e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

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. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Since opening in 2010, a/perture cinema has enriched the community through the art of film.  Through both narrative and documentary film (in both English and foreign languages), a/perture showcases educational, thought-provoking and inspiring films.  a/perture strives to celebrate and promote the diversity in our community and the artistic heritage that abounds in the City of Arts & Innovation.

Over the past several years, we have partnered with several organizations to co-promote films whose subject matter or theme is relevant to a partner’s particular constituents.  A great example of a past success is our partnership with the Community Design Studio for our screenings of the film IF YOU BUILD IT earlier this year.  This particular film is about the design build program at a high school in Bertie County, NC. CDS promoted the film and organized a series of speakers to discuss certain elements of the film over the course of its weeklong run. Our partnership benefited both a/perture by increasing our attendance numbers over the course of the film’s weeklong run and promoting CDS to an entirely new audience.

In order to work with more partners and increase our attendance numbers for these specialized films, we are launching a formal program this summer called “allies.”

The best part is that the allies program is that it is FREE! Signing up to be one of the a/perture allies offers your organization the opportunity to sponsor a film that we feel matches your mission or audience base. We use our film knowledge to match your local business, non-profit or community group with a film whose subject matter or story fits you. All that is required of you is your help to promote the film and encourage members of your organization to attend while at the same time providing you with the opportunity to reach a uniquely new audience.

Want to find out more about how your organization can become one of our allies?
Click here to read more about the program (including FAQ's)!
Ready to sign up? Click here to access our sign up form! 

Current Allies include:
The Shepherd's Center
Peppercorn Children's Theatre
Family Services
Hispanic League
Piedmont Environmental Alliance
Temple Emanuel
The Breathing Room
Autism Society of Forsyth County
Camel City Grill
Reynolda House
Twin City Stage
Arts Based Elementary 
Forsyth Humane Society
Mary's Diner
Sawtooth School for Visual Art
Centenary United Methodist Church
Interfaith Winston-Salem
Delta Arts Center
Planned Parenthood
Out at the Movies
Fiddle and Bow Music Society
Di Lisio's Italian Restaurant
North Star 
Second Spring Arts
CareNet Counseling
Mami Wata
Forsyth Audobon
Wen Hwa Asian Fusion
Wake Forest Alzheimer's Prevention Research Program
The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem
90.5 FM (WSNC)
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a/perture's talented featured artist is Cassandra Wood!

Cassandra Wood studied at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, and Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Her preferred mediums include watercolor, gauche, ink, and pencil. She draws a lot of inspiration from the performing arts, having studied both dance and theater in her youth. She is currently preparing to launch her first weekly webcomic. Her work can be viewed at cassandralw.tumblr.com, and you can contact her for commissions, questions, or comments at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Screen Club
Our Screen Club series has completed for 2014- thanks to all of the artists, sponsors, and volunteers whose hard work made this new series possible!  Screen Club posters are now available for sale at a/perture and at Delurk's Etsy store!
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