Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas

What is CIFF West and CIFF East?

The Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) is thrilled to announce that for CIFF43 there will be more to the Festival than ever before! In addition to its 500+ screenings at our longtime downtown home base, Tower City Cinemas, CIFF is making exciting changes to the scope of its footprint with the creation of two new Festival hubs—CIFF East and CIFF West. The new locations will expand the CIFF’s presence in our city and showcase two of Cleveland’s thriving arts districts: University Circle on the east side and Gordon Square Arts District in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood on the west side. CIFF West (March 28th-30th) venues include the Near West Theatre and the Capitol Theatre. CIFF East (April 4th-6th) venues include the Gartner Auditorium as well as the Lecture Hall at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Murch Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

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Where are the venues for CIFF West?

CIFF West screening venues include the:

  • Near West Theatre, located at 6702 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44102
  • Capitol Theatre, located at 1390 West 65th Street, Cleveland, OH 44102 (West 65th Street and Detroit Avenue).

The CIFF West Box Office & WIll Call is located in the Atrium of the Gordon Square Arcade, 6516 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44102. The Box Office & Will Call will open one hour prior to the first screening at that location and will close 30 minutes after the start of the last screening at that location.

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Where are the venues for CIFF East?

CIFF East screening venues include the:

There are two CIFF Box Offices & Will Calls for CIFF East Screenings—one is located in the lobby of the Cleveland Museum of Art and the other is located in the lobby of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The Box Offices & Will Calls for CIFF East will open one hour prior to the first screening at that location and will close 30 minutes after the start of the last screening at that location.

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How can I purchase tickets for CIFF West and CIFF East screenings?

Tickets can be purchased in advance online (clevelandfilm.org), by phone (1.877.304.FILM), or in-person at the CIFF Box Office at Tower City Cinemas. Day-of-show tickets and Stand By tickets, when available, can be purchased on-site beginning one hour prior to the start of the first screening at each venue's Film Festival Box Office.

The Box Office(s), Will Call(s), and Stand By(s) for Location Screenings will open one hour prior to the first screening at that location and will close 30 minutes after the start of the last screening at that location.

The CIFF West Box Office is located in the Atrium of the Gordon Square Arcade (6516 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44102). There are two CIFF Box Offices for CIFF East screenings—one is located in the lobby of the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the other is located in the lobby of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

CIFF West Box Office Hours:

Thursday, March 28th: 5:00 PM-8:30 PM

Friday, March 29th: 12 Noon-9:00 PM

Saturday, March 30th: 10:00 AM-9:15 PM

CIFF East-Cleveland Musuem of Art Box Office Hours:

Thursday, April 4th: Closed

Friday, April 5th: 12 Noon-9:15 PM

Saturday, April 6th: 11:25 AM-3:15 PM

CIFF East-Cleveland Museum of Natural History Box Office Hours:

Thursday, April 4th: 5:15 PM-9:15 PM

Friday, April 5th: 12:15 PM-9:05 PM

Saturday, April 6th: 9:30 AM-8:15 PM

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How do I get to CIFF West screenings?

  • The Lyft Rideshare Pick Up Drop Off is located on West 67th Street, just north of Detroit Avenue.
  • The RTA Red Line West 65th-Lorain (EcoVillage) Rapid Station is approximately six-tenths of a mile from CIFF West.
  • The RTA 26 Bus Line has stops at West 65th Street along Detroit Avenue.
  • Bike racks are located throughout the neighborhood.
  • Limited parking is available in selected lots and along the streets throughout the area. Click here for a map of parking options in the Gordon Square neighborhood.
  • Valet parking will be available for $6. Stations will be located in front of the Capitol Theatre and Near West Theatre starting at 4:00 PM on Thursday, March 28 and Friday, March 29. Valet parking will open at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 30.

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How do I get to CIFF East screenings?

  • Two RTA Red Line Rapid Stations (Little Italy / University Circle and Cedar-University) are located within the district.
  • The RTA HealthLine Bus Rapid Transit has stops at Adelbert Road along Euclid Avenue.
  • Bike racks are located throughout the district.
  • Both the Cleveland Museum of Art and Cleveland Museum of Natural History have attached parking garages that are available for a fee. Click here for a map of parking options in the University Circle neighborhood.

Please note: The museum’s monthly MIX event will take place on Friday, April 5 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. The theme is Funk. Parking is available in the CMA parking garage, but space may be limited due to the event. Tickets: $10 in advance; $15 day of event. Special Event Parking Rates Apply: $10.00

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Where can I park for CIFF West screenings?

Limited parking is available in selected lots and along the streets throughout the area. Click here for a map of parking options in the Gordon Square neighborhood.

Valet parking will be available for $6. Stations will be located in front of the Capitol Theatre and Near West Theatre starting at 4:00 PM on Thursday, March 28th and Friday, March 29th. Valet parking will open at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 30th.

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Where can I park for CIFF East screenings?

Both the Cleveland Museum of Art and Cleveland Museum of Natural History have attached parking garages that are available for a fee. Click here for a map of parking options in the University Circle neighborhood.

Please note: The museum’s monthly MIX event will take place on Friday, April 5 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. The theme is Funk. Parking is available in the CMA parking garage, but space may be limited due to the event. Tickets: $10 in advance; $15 day of event. Special Event Parking Rates Apply: $10.00.

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When and where can I pick up my Will Call tickets for CIFF West and CIFF East screenings?

Orders placed on or after March 19th will not be mailed, but will be held in Will Call. Pre-Festival, March 8th-27th, Will Call is located at the main Film Festival Box Office in the lobby of Tower City Cinemas. During the Festival, March 28th-April 7th, Will Call is located in the Walkway outside of Tower City Cinemas, to the left of the main entrance to the Cinemas.

If you haven't pick-up your tickets in advance at the Will Call at Tower City Cinemas, Will Call at the Locations Screenings will open one hour prior to the start of the first screening at each venue's CIFF Box Office.

The Box Office(s) and Will Call(s) for Location Screenings will open one hour prior to the first screening at that location and will close 30 minutes after the start of the last screening at that location. The CIFF West Box Office is located in the atrium of the Gordon Square Arcade (6516 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44102). There are two CIFF Box Offices for CIFF East screenings—one is located in the lobby of the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the other is located in the lobby of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Please bring identification and the credit card used to purchase the order when picking up tickets at Will Call. Having the receipt for your order is also helpful.

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Will concessions be available at the CIFF West & CIFF East screening venues?

CIFF West: The Near West Theatre and the Capitol Theatre will have concessions available during CIFF West screenings.

CIFF East: The Cleveland Museum of Art has a resturant and cafe, Provenance, that will be open during CIFF East screenings. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History also has a resturaunt and cafe, Exploration, that will be open during CIFF East screenings.

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Can I go to the Cleveland Museum of Art's other exhibits if I am attending a CIFF screening there?

During their hours of operation, the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) galleries are free and open to the public. Some special exhibitions may carry a charge and tickets may be purchased at www.clevelandart.org, at the CMA ticket center, or by calling 216.421.7350.

Please note: The museum’s monthly MIX event will take place on Friday, April 5 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. The theme is Funk. Parking is available in the CMA parking garage, but space may be limited due to the event. Tickets: $10 in advance; $15 day of event. Special Event Parking Rates Apply: $10.00

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Can I go to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History's other exhibits if I am attending a CIFF screening there?

During their hours of operation, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History (CMNH) is pleased to offer $5 general admission to the Museum on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6 to any CIFF patron with a pass or ticket stub. Visit www.cmnh.org for more information.

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