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!

  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! 


 RGB (Includes Q&A) 

At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But the unique personal journey of her rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG explores Ginsburg's life and career. From Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films. Rent RGB for just $5.00 and get access to a live Q&A on 5/20 with directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen, moderated by Melena Ryzik from the New York Times.

Not Rated | In English | 96 minutes

Watch the trailer here! | Rent Here! 


When world-famous conductor Eduard Sporck accepts the job to create an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra, he is quickly drawn into a tempest of sheer unsolvable problems. Having grown up in a state of war, suppression or constant risk of terrorist attacks, the young musicians from both sides are far from able to form a team. Lined up behind the two best violinists – the emancipated Palestinian Layla and the handsome Israeli Ron – they form two parties who deeply mistrust each other, on and off-stage alike. Will Sporck succeed and make the young people forget their hatred, at least for the three weeks until the concert? 

Not Rated | In German | 106 minutes

Watch the trailer here! | Rent Here!