NEW: Cinematique Sofa Series

Apr 3, 2020

While our doors may be closed, Cinematique is still here for you. 

We could never reproduce the joy and inspiration that comes from the experience of seeing the best in independent cinema in the grandeur of historic Thalian Hall. But today’s challenges do not have to keep you from settling in to watch the films you have been excited to see with the whole family.

We invite you to take part in our new digital program, the Cinematique Sofa Series. We have united with our dear friends in the independent film community to continue to bring you the opportunity to see the best in first run independent films. Details on our first offerings are shown below, and instructions on how to access the content across all your devices will follow the descriptions.

Please use the links below to access the content so you can be assured that the cost of your rental is going to support Cinematique.


Rental prices vary - from FREE to $12. All you have to do is click the Rent button, enter your email address and your credit card or PayPal information. That’s it! Once the film is rented, it will be available to view for 2 - 5 days and you’ll have 72 hours to finish once you’ve started watching (unless otherwise noted). You can easily watch on your computer, smartphone, or tablet, or cast to your Apple TV or Google Chromecast.

We have also included a link to some frequently asked questions about how this works here.

Thank you so much for your continued support. WHQR and Thalian will receive between 40 and 100% of the rental price for the films. Grab some popcorn and snacks and enjoy the show!

Blackfish (Includes Q&A)

Many of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8,000 pound orcas, or “killer whales,” soar out of the water and fly through the air at sea parks, as if in perfect harmony with their trainers. Yet this mighty black and white mammal has many sides – a majestic, friendly giant, seemingly eager to take trainers for a ride around the pool, yet shockingly – and unpredictably – able to turn on them at a moment’s notice. Blackfish unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of notorious performing whale Tilikum, who – unlike any orca in the wild – has taken the lives of several people while in captivity.

Rated PG-13 | In English | 80 minutes

Watch the trailer here! | Rent here!

  The Painter and the Thief

Desperate for answers about the theft of her 2 paintings, a Czech artist seeks out and befriends the career criminal who stole them. After inviting her thief to sit for a portrait, the two form an improbable relationship and an inextricable bond that will forever link these lonely souls. Watch the Sundance Award winning film, followed by a special, bonus conversation with director Benjamin Ree and the Academy Award-winning Executive Producer Morgan Neville.

Not Rated | In English | 102 minutes

Watch the trailer here! | Rent here! 


  Life Itself (Includes Q&A)

Acclaimed director Steve James and executive producers Martin Scorsese and Steven Zaillian present a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert - a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, the film explores the legacy of Ebert's life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming an influential cultural voice in America.

Rated R | In English | 120 minutes

Watch the trailer here! | Rent here! 

Military Wives

Military Wives centers on a group of women from different backgrounds whose partners are away serving in Afghanistan. Faced with their loved ones’ absences, they come together to form the very first military wives choir, helping each other through some of life’s most difficult moments, and quickly find themselves on an international stage. Peter Cattaneo directs Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan in this feel-good crowd-pleaser inspired by true events.

Rated PG-13 | In English | 112 minutes

Watch the trailer here! | Rent here!