Cinematique of Wilmington Film Series

Cinematique of Wilmington is a series of classic, foreign and notable films sponsored by WHQR and Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts.

For ticket information, call the Thalian Box Office, Monday - Saturday, 2PM-6PM,  910-632-2285 or visit at 310 Chestnut Street.

Tickets are also available at the Thalian Hall Website.

Admission is $7 (+ tax and $1 ticketing fee )


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Cinematique Presents: Oscar Shorts 2014!

Jan 20, 2014

Cinematique's annual presentation of Oscar Shorts is coming February 10th-15th!  Here is your chance to see all of the films nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject, Short Film - Animated, and Short Film - Live Action. Oscar Shorts showcases the best short films of 2013 and features today's most talented emerging filmmakers.

MondayLive Action Shorts

TuesdayAnimated Shorts (Canceled Due to Weather) 

Nominated for six academy awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor (Bruce Dern), Nebraska is captivating audiences across the country.

Cinematique Presents: "Dallas Buyers Club"

Jan 17, 2014

Note: Tuesday, and Wednesday Nights Canceled Due to Weather, tickets honored for later showings

Nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Matthew McConaughey) and, and Best Supporting Actor (Jared Leto), Dallas Buyers Club tells the story of real-life Texan Ron Woodroof, whose free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive. 

Cinematique Presents: "The Great Beauty"

Jan 14, 2014

UPDATE: tickets bought to the 1/28, 1/29, and 1/30 showings of "The Great Beauty" will receive tickets for a later date. 

See the gorgeous Italian film that just won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film. From the opening shot of Italian filmmaker Parolo Sorrentino's new film — a shell being blasted from a cannon—viewers know this is a special film: Journalist Jep Gambardella (the dazzling Toni Servillo, Il divo and Gomorrah) has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades.

Cinematique Presents: "Philomena"

Dec 30, 2013

Philomena, from Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Frears (The Queen, Dangerous Liasons), written by and starring Steve Coogan (The Trip) and Dame Judi Dench (Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Skyfall). This heart tugging film is based on the true story of Philomena Lee (Dench), a woman who embarked on a journey with a journalist (Coogan) to discover what happened to the son she was forced to give up for adoption when she was only a teenager.

Find out why this film has earned so many film festival laurels and become an audience favorite. (PG-13, 1hr. 34Min.)

Cinematique Presents: "The Book Thief"

Dec 30, 2013

Based on the beloved international bestselling book, The Book Thief tells the story of an extraordinary, spirited young girl (Sophie Nélisse) sent to live with a foster family in WWII Germany. Intrigued by the only book she brought with her, she begins collecting books as she finds them. With the help of her new parents (Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson) and a secret guest under the stairs (Ben Schnetzer), she learns to read and creates a magical world that inspires them all.

Doc-Week at Cinematique: "I Am Divine"

Dec 30, 2013

Harris Glenn Milstead liked musicals, was drawn to feminine pursuits, and was bullied. He played “dress-up games” as a child in his mother’s clothes. Once, he showed up at a party dressed as an astonishingly passable Elizabeth Taylor. After meeting a crowd of gay hipsters and freaks, Glenn started camping it up and smoking grass. In this group, Glenn met the man who was about to change his life - John Waters. Glenn and Waters bonded over their mutual love of cinema. With Waters’ encouragement, Glenn created a new acting persona, a new character.

This film from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Mark Mori is an intimate look at one of the world’s most famous sex symbols, told in her own words. In this alluring documentary, Page emerges from the veil of myth via interviews taped a decade before her death in 2008. With razor sharp wit, Page tells her life story -- from humble beginnings in an impoverished southern family, to high school salutatorian, to scandalous 50s pin-up model, to shocking retirement in 1957 at the peak of her career.

The small town of Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America's most creative and defiant music.  The music of Muscle Shoals has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and tragedies, Hall brought black and white together in Alabama's cauldron of racial hostility to create timeless music classics.

Listener Peg wrote to Mary Bradley about this past week's Cinematique film starring Robert Redford:

'All Is Lost' was tremendous! I'm still shaken up by Redford's marvelous acting. Am glad that your blurb tells us that Chandor was the writer-director of Margin Call which was one of the best ... films I can remember seeing. I wish it could be presented here again! GREAT that the [Metropolitan Opera] is returning [this weekend]! Thanks so much for all your efforts!

Listener Daniel Gunn wrote us on Wednesday: