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.ACCESSIBILITY
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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Asheboro Magazine- Screen ClubYes Weekly- Kids at Heart Series
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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)?
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.
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
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!
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.
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
for more information about this new advertising opportunity!
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)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
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- these make excellent gifts for the holiday!