Science on Screen | Up Next: Inventing Tomorrow

Now Playing • Dec 20–Jan 17

Mary Queen of Scots

Queen of France at 16, at 18 Mary (Saoirse Ronan) is widowed, defies pressure to remarry and instead returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. By birth, Mary has a claim to the throne England's Queen, Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie). To secure their thrones, the Queens make very different choices––betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court drive them apart and each woman experiences the bitter cost of power.  

Now Playing • Dec 21–Jan 17

The Favourite

England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, Sarah takes her under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots.

Now Playing • Jan 16

Inventing Tomorrow

Meet passionate teenage innovators from around the globe who are creating cutting-edge solutions to confront the world’s environmental threats–found right in their own backyards–while navigating the doubts and insecurities that mark adolescence. Take a journey with these inspiring teens as they prepare their projects for the largest convening of high school scientists in the world, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

Featuring a conversation with Dr. Greg Carbone (Professor, University of South Carolina) and other local activists and academics about the causes, repercussions, and prevention of climate change and pollution in the Southeast.

This film is part of the "Science on Screen" series.

Coming Soon • Jan 18

Akira | SOLD OUT

In 1988, the Japanese government drops an atomic bomb on Tokyo. In 2019, Kaneda, a bike gang leader, tries to save his friend Tetsuo from a secret government project. He battles anti-government activists, greedy politicians, irresponsible scientists, and a powerful military leader until Tetsuo suddenly manifests supernatural powers.

Wear your best cosplay for a free popcorn and a chance to win the Cosplay Contest grand prize!

Coming Soon • Jan 18–Jan 24

If Beale Street Could Talk

In the early 1970s, Harlem daughter and wife-to-be Tish (KiKi Layne) vividly recalls the passion, respect, and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt (Stephan James), who goes by the nickname Fonny. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.

Based on the novel by James Baldwin; from the director of Moonlight.

Coming Soon • Jan 18–Jan 24

On the Basis of Sex

Inspired by the true story of a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Felicity Jones)– then a struggling attorney and new mother – who faces adversity in her fight for equal rights. When Ruth takes on a groundbreaking tax case with her husband, attorney Martin Ginsburg (Armie Hammer), she knows it could change the direction of her career and the way the courts view gender discrimination. The film also chronicles the romance between Ruth and Marty, a partnership that succeeded both personally and professionally.

Coming Soon • Jan 20

Within Our Gates

Join us for a screening of WITHIN OUR GATES in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

In this early silent film from pioneering director Oscar Micheaux, In this silent film, a black schoolteacher finds the battle against racism is everywhere when she goes North to raise money for better schools.

"The film is both a landmark of African American cinema and, as a rebuttal to D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation, a perfect example of how black filmmakers spoke back to mainstreamed racism." - Dr. Scott Trafton

Coming Soon • Jan 22

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood

SCOTTY AND THE SECRET HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD is the deliciously scandalous story of Scotty Bowers, a handsome ex-Marine who landed in Hollywood after World War II and became a confidante, aide-de-camp, and lover to many of Hollywood’s greatest male—and female—stars. In the 1940s and ‘50s, Scotty ran a gas station in the shadow of the studio lots where he would connect his friends with actors and actresses who had to hide their true sexual identities for fear of police raids at gay bars, societal shunning, and career suicide. An unsung Hollywood legend, Bowers would cater to the sexual appetites of celebrities—straight and gay–for decades.

This film is part of our "OUT Here" series.

Coming Soon • Jan 23


Set in a near-future Los Angeles, Her follows Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a complex man who makes his living writing personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new operating system. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha,” a bright, female voice (Scarlett Johansson) who is insightful, sensitive and funny. As her needs and desires grow, their friendship deepens into love.

This screening will be followed by a talkback with Sergey Razin (CTO, Swampfox Technologies Inc.) and Adrian Williams (IT Coordinator and Projectionist, Nickelodeon Theatre) discussing the feasibility, economics, and ethics of artificial intelligence.

This film is part of the "Science on Screen" series.

Coming Soon • Jan 26

Buena Vista Social Club

Traveling from the streets of Havana to the stage of Carnegie Hall, this revelatory documentary captures a forgotten generation of Cuba’s brightest musical talents as they enjoy an unexpected encounter with world fame. The veteran vocalists and instru­mentalists collaborated with American guitarist and roots-music champion Ry Cooder to form the Buena Vista Social Club, playing a jazz-inflected mix of cha-cha, mambo, bolero, and other traditional Latin American styles, and recording an album that won a Grammy and made them an international phenomenon.

Featuring a live performance from Latin Caravan. 

Coming Soon • Jan 28


Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the documentary RESILIENCE reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. RESILIENCE chronicles a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.

This film is presented in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Education, WREN, Institute for Child Success, and South Carolina First Steps.

Coming Soon • Jan 29


Narrated by Academy Award® Winner J.K. Simmons, DRUG$ is a feature-length documentary about the soaring price of medicines in the U.S., featuring interviews with academics, patients, advocates and political leaders, including Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman Elijah Cummings. In a titanic struggle against corporate greed, see how a diverse group of concerned Americans is fighting back to keep lifesaving medicines affordable for us all.

This film is presented in partnership with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. This film has free admission; guests are encouraged to reserve their tickets in advance. 

Coming Soon • Jan 30


During nights and weekends, engineers Aaron, Abe, Robert, and Phillip are working on a passion-project in their garage. During a test, Abe discovers that their invention can be used as a time machine. Taking advantage of this opportunity is the first challenge they face; dealing with the consequences could be their last.
The post-screening discussion with Dr. Brett Altschul (Physicist, University of South Carolina), Qiana Whitted (Professor of English and African American Studies), and Alice Lilitu (Nickelodeon Theater Staff) will focus on the possibility of time travel, speculative physics, and astronomy.

Coming Soon • Feb 8

Cold War

In the ruins of post-war Poland, Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) and Zula (Joanna Kulig) fall deeply, obsessively, and destructively in love. As performing musicians forced to play into the Soviet propaganda machine, they dream of escaping to the creative freedom of the West. But one day, as they spot their chance to make a break for Paris, both make a split decision that will mark their lives forever. As the years march on in the wake of that moment, Wiktor and Zula watch the world changing around them, always struggling to find their moment in time.

Showtimes for this film are to be determined; estimated to begin February 8.