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Now Playing • Sep 18–Sep 21

The Trip to Spain

Please be advised that due to inclement weather, some showtimes may have changed from previously posted information. 

After jaunts through northern England and Italy, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on another deliciously deadpan culinary road trip. This time around, the guys head to Spain to sample the best of the country’s gastronomic offerings in between rounds of their hilariously off-the-cuff banter. Over plates of pintxos and paella, the pair exchange barbs and their patented celebrity impressions, as well as more serious reflections on what it means to settle into middle age. As always, the locales are breathtaking, the cuisine to die for, and the humor delightfully devilish.

Now Playing • Sep 19–Sep 28

Ingrid Goes West

Ingrid Thorburn (Aubrey Plaza) is an unhinged social media stalker with a history of confusing “likes” for meaningful relationships. Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen) is an Instagram-famous “influencer” whose perfectly curated, boho-chic lifestyle becomes Ingrid’s latest obsession. When Ingrid moves to LA and manages to insinuate herself into the social media star’s life, their relationship quickly goes from #BFF to #WTF.

Now Playing • Sep 19–Sep 21


When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin (John Cho) finds himself stranded in Columbus, Indiana - a small Midwestern city celebrated for its many significant modernist buildings. Jin strikes up a friendship with Casey (Haley Lu Richardson), a young architecture enthusiast who works at the local library. As their intimacy develops, Jin and Casey explore both the town and their conflicted emotions: Jin's estranged relationship with his father, and Casey's reluctance to leave Columbus and her mother.

Coming Soon • Sep 22–Sep 28

Beach Rats

On the outskirts of Brooklyn, Frankie, an aimless teenager, suffocates under the oppressive glare cast by his family and a toxic group of delinquent friends. Struggling with his own identity, Frankie begins to scour hookup sites for older men. When his chatting and webcamming intensify, he begins meeting men at a nearby cruising beach while simultaneously entering into a cautious relationship with a young woman. As Frankie struggles to reconcile his competing desires, his decisions leave him hurtling toward irreparable consequences.

Coming Soon • Sep 22–Sep 28


Deep in the heart of New York's ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish community, Menashe--a kind, hapless grocery store clerk--struggles to make ends meet and responsibly parent his young son, Rieven, following his wife Leah's death. Tradition prohibits Menashe from raising his son alone, so Rieven's strict uncle adopts him, leaving Menashe heartbroken. Meanwhile, though Menashe seems to bungle every challenge in his path, his rabbi grants him one special week with Rieven before Leah's memorial. It's his chance to prove himself a suitable man of faith and fatherhood, and restore respect among his doubters.

Coming Soon • Sep 22–Sep 28

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers

You loved it, so we brought it back for a whole week!

A deeply intimate and revealing look at the band fronted by Seth and Scott Avett. Directors Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio chart the Avett Brothers' decade-and-a-half rise, while chronicling their 2016 collaboration with famed producer Rick Rubin on the critically-acclaimed album “True Sadness”.

Coming Soon • Sep 24

Art House Theatre Day: Lucky

The spiritual journey of a 90 year old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off the map desert town. Having out lived and out smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self-exploration, leading towards that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment.

Coming Soon • Sep 24–Nov 7

For the Record

In the face of a 24-hour news cycle rife with punditry and accusations of fakery, the subjects of truth and evidence remain more vital and contested than ever. Motivated by a curiosity about how and when images are accepted as fact, “For the Record” presents a combination of new and classic documentary films that explore and interrogate cinematic realism. Each screening is followed by a post-screening conversation or panel exploring the themes introduced by the documentaries.

Coming Soon • Sep 24

Art House Theatre Day: Titicut Follies

Join us to celebrate Art House Theater Day with a special screening of Titicut Follies, the groundbreaking debut feature from Frederick Wiseman, a filmmaker who has been called “one of the most important and original filmmakers working today." We will also have a poster sale of all the memorable films we've shown over the past year from 1 - 6:30pm.

Coming Soon • Sep 25–Oct 16

JURISCINEMA: The Law On Screen

Engaged with breaking news and urgent conversations about the judicial system, “JURISCINEMA: The Law on Screen” features presentations by some of the Midlands’ foremost legal experts alongside screenings of contemporary and classic legal cinema.

Curated in collaboration with local lawyers, “JURISCINEMA: The Law on Screen” presents powerful contemporary and classic films that illuminate key aspects of the American justice system. 

Coming Soon • Sep 25

Hidden Figures: Know Your Rights: Workers and Discrimination

This film is a part of our JURISCINEMA: The Law on Screen series.

Monday, September 25 at 6:30pm

Set in Hampton, Virginia on the eve of John Glenn’s 1962 orbit of earth, Hidden Figures is the inspiring true-story of three brilliant African American female mathematicians as they prepare for the historic NASA launch. Possessing awe-inspiring mathematical, engineering and computational skills, they work for the Federal Government prior to the passage of the Civil Rights Act and consistently face the ugly realities of discrimination, harassment and segregation.

Coming Soon • Sep 26

2017 Sundance Shorts

The Sundance Film Festival is the United States’ leading independent film festival and is a premiere showcase for short films. Featuring fiction, documentary and animated shorts from around the world, the 2017 shorts program includes laugh-out loud comedies, creative innovations and contemplative reflections.

Coming Soon • Sep 29–Oct 5

Battle of the Sexes

In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women's movement, the 1973 tennis match between women's World #1 Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men's-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world. As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles.

Coming Soon • Sep 29–Oct 5

Rebel in the Rye

This biopic of legendary author J.D. Salinger (Nicholas Hoult) details his relationship with socialite Oona O'Neill (Zoey Deutch), his experiences fighting in World War II, and his writing process for The Catcher in the Rye. Kevin Spacey and Sarah Paulson co-star. Written and directed by Danny Strong, Rebel in the Rye made its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

Coming Soon • Sep 30

Madonna: Truth or Dare

This film is a part of our Sound & Vision series presented in partnership with Drip (records).

Featuring live performance from Ahomari.

A behind the scenes look at the tour that Rolling Stone magazine dubbed the “Greatest Concert of the 1990s.” Get into the Groove with legendary pop star Madonna on her 1990 Blond Ambition Tour. The tour was intended to promote Madonna’s chart topping fourth studio album Like a Prayer and the resulting film features extravagant performances of hit singles “Holiday,” “Like a Virgin,” and “Vogue,” alongside behind the scene footage with celebrities including Al Pacino and then-boyfriend Warren Beatty.

Coming Soon • Sep 30

Sound & Vision

Sound & Vision brings together siblings of form through a new music documentary series in partnership with DRIP (records). In addition to screening both repertory and contemporary music docs, local bands will perform live before each film, bringing a bit more action to Columbia's Saturday night.

Coming Soon • Oct 2

12 Angry Men: Im/partial Juries

This film is a part of our JURISCINEMA: The Law on Screen series.

Monday, October 2 at 6:30pm

In the classic courtroom tale that launched Sidney Lumet’s career, twelve (white) jurors deliberate a racially-charged murder case behind closed doors. When juror # 8 dissents (a career defining performance from Henry Fonda), questioning his peers’ ready insistence on the defendant’s guilt, tensions and biases quickly come to the fore. Set during the decline of HUAC and in the midst of the Civil Rights movement, the film is a thoughtful study of a divided America.

A conversation with Dave Maxfield of the Richland County Bar Association follows the screening.

Coming Soon • Oct 3

Grey Gardens

This film is a part of our For the Record series.

Set in the crumbling East Hampton mansion of Big and Little Edie Beale, the estranged high-society cousins of Jackie Onassis, Grey Gardens is the ultimate documentary cult classic, beloved for its unruly protagonists, innovative approach to direct cinema and bold outsider fashions (which have inspired runway shows, magazine spreads, and a generation of drag performers). Intimately engaged with the once-glamorous Beales who eagerly perform for the visiting filmmakers, Grey Gardens is also a provocative examination of how the presence of a camera transforms the behavior of its subjects.

Coming Soon • Oct 4

Manhattan Short Festival

Join us October 4, 2017, when over 100,000 film lovers in over 250 cities across six continents gather in Cinemas, Museums, and Universities for one view and vote on the Finalists' Films in the 19th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival.

Coming Soon • Oct 6–Oct 12

Victoria & Abdul

The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim, a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy.

Coming Soon • Oct 6

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains

This film is a part of our First Friday Lowbrow Cinema Explosion!

After her mother's death, teenager Corinne Burns forms a punk band with her sister and cousin, despite their lack of musical experience and talent.

Coming Soon • Oct 8–Oct 29

Columbia Jewish Film Festival

The Columbia Jewish Film Festival is part of the ever-growing landscape of Jewish Film Festivals organized in the U.S. and abroad. In its 17th year, the Columbia festival is dedicated to bringing new, sometimes controversial, always thought-provoking films with Jewish and related themes to a diverse audience.

Coming Soon • Oct 9

The House I Live In: Criminal Justice and Mass Incarceration

This film is a part of our JURISCINEMA: The Law on Screen series.

Monday, October 9 at 6:30pm

Surveying policy from throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, The House I Live In examines how American racism and economic disparity – as manifest in the development of narcotics squads, strategies for policing, housing segregation, ghettoization, and the financial tolls of incarceration – have resulted in the disastrously disproportionate incarceration of Americans of color.

A conversation with Bill Nettles follows the screening.

Coming Soon • Oct 11

In Between (Bar Bahar)

This film is a part of our Foreign Focus series.

Lalia, Salma, and Nur share an apartment in the vibrant heart of Tel Aviv. Lalia, a criminal lawyer with a wicked wit, loves to burn off her workday stress in the underground club scene. Salma, slightly more subdued, is a DJ and bartender. Nur is a younger, religious Muslim girl who moves into the apartment in order to study at the university. Yet despite their differences, the three women find themselves balancing tradition and modernity, citizenship and culture, fealty and freedom.

Coming Soon • Oct 14

Dirty Dancing

Lillian's Staff Pick!

Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of this 80s classic!

Set to the beat of sultry 1960s tunes during a sweaty Catskills summer, Dirty Dancing is the ultimate dance romance. In the film that taught America to mambo, sparks fly between Mount Holyoke-bound Frances “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey) and hotel dance instructor Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze)

Join us for a special late-night celebration with tunes, trivia and more!

Coming Soon • Oct 16

To Kill A Mockingbird: The Arc of Justice: The Law and Civil Rights

This film is a part of our JURISCINEMA: The Law on Screen series.

Monday, October 16 at 6:30pm

Based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most beloved legal films of all time. Set in 1930s rural Alabama, To Kill a Mockingbird is the story of Atticus Finch, an attorney defending Tom Robinson, an African American man falsely accused of assaulting a white woman before an all white jury. Released seven years after the murder of Emmett Till and two years before the Supreme Court case Swain v. Alabama emboldened attorneys’ use of peremptory challenges to create all-white juries (a decision later overturned in Batson v. Kentucky), To Kill a Mockingbird is a moving story of the fight for justice in the face of deeply entrenched institutional racism that remains as powerful and relevant today as it was at the time of its release.

A conversation with Luther J. Battiste, III and M. Malissa Burnette follows the screening.

Coming Soon • Oct 17–Nov 14

OUT Here

This April, the Nick is launching OUT Here– a new community-curated and monthly LGBTQ series screening films of all genres.

"What was the first gay film you saw? What was the first gay film that changed your life, made you laugh, broke your heart, lifted your imagination, gave you hope? Those are some of the films we want to see."
- Ed Madden, Director of Women's & Gender Studies,
Department of English Language and Literature

Support provided by:

SC Equality PAC
Famously Hot South Carolina Pride
South Carolina Gay + Lesbian Business Guild
Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, PA
Darryl Cooper
John Lucas
Robert Keenan and Brian Chen
Lula Drake
Dr. Ed Madden and Bert Easter
Larry Hembree and Joe Hudson

Coming Soon • Oct 18

Torch Song Trilogy

This screening is the official Nickelodeon Pride event (taking place during Pride week) and will be hosted by Famously Hot South Carolina Pride.

Based on Harvey Fierstein’s Tony award-winning play, The Torch Song Trilogy captures the loves, journey and life of Arnold (Harvey Fierstein), a torch singer and drag performer, in 1970s and 1980s New York City. Co-starring Anne Bancroft and Matthew Broderick, The Torch Song Trilogy is a tender, heartfelt investigation of intimacy, heartache and family, and beloved touchstone of LGTBQ cinema. As a testament to the story’s ongoing resonance, the story was recently revived for an off-Broadway production by the Second Stage Theater.

Coming Soon • Oct 21

The Decline of Western Civilization Part I

With a performance by fk mt.

The essential punk film. Before Wayne’s World legendary filmmaker Penelope Spheeris made her mark with this extraordinary portrait of Los Angeles’ punk scene. Featuring rare footage of the Alice Bag Band, Germs, Circle Jerks, X, Black Flag, D ecline is also a rare portrait of legendary musicians off the clock – discussing their hopes, dreams and lifestyle.

Coming Soon • Oct 23–Nov 20

Dance Scene

Presented in collaboration with dance organizations from throughout the Midlands, Dance Scene celebrates the best in contemporary dance-based cinema. While beautifully photographed to capture the gestures, movement and performances of their subjects, the films in the series are also riveting tales of spirit and commitment – capturing the passions and partnerships that subtend the dance world.

Coming Soon • Oct 23

Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan

A part of our Dance Scene series.

Special introduction and ballet performance by Columbia City Ballet.

One of the world’s greatest ballerinas, Wendy Whelan joined the New York City Ballet in 1984 and became its Principal Dancer in 1991. Beloved throughout the dance world, Whelan is known for performing with a unique grace and intensity. The film follows Whelan as she approaches retirement, capturing the dancer as she tackles her body’s limitations and adapts to her new role in the dance community.

Coming Soon • Oct 26

Night of the Living Dead

Inarguably one of the most influential horror film directors of all time, George A. Romero made his directorial debut in 1968 with this low-budget, black and white feature about the dead rising from the grave. In reimagining zombies as walking corpses (the term previously primarily referred to somnambulists under the thrall of voodoo), Romero developed the premise that would inspire media including The Walking Dead and World War Z (2013). Released during a time of tremendous political trauma and tumult, and featuring a young Black protagonist facing antagonism by both the undead and law enforcement, Romero’s film also searingly channeled the real-life horrors of the 1960s.

Coming Soon • Oct 30

Alive and Kicking

A part of our Dance Scene series.

Special introduction and dance performance by The Palmetto Swing Dance Association.

Alive and Kicking is a dynamic exploration of the history of swing dancing and the lives of its participants. Beginning with the emergence of the Lindy hop, the film follows the development of swing from an American art form to an international phenomenon. Rich with historical and personal insight, Alive and Kicking proposes that at its core swing dancing is about the pursuit of happiness.

Coming Soon • Oct 31

Donnie Darko: 15th Anniversary

There's no better match than Donnie Darko and Halloween. Celebrate the 15th anniversary of Patrick Swayze & Jake Gyllenhaal's sci-fi tale with us at the Nick! We'll have a special time-travel preshow and trivia, plus, if you wear your bunny ears, you'll get one free, small popcorn.

A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.

Coming Soon • Nov 3


This film is a part of our First Friday Lowbrow Cinema Explosion!

The overnight stock crew of a local supermarket find themselves being stalked and slashed by a mysterious maniac.

Coming Soon • Nov 6


A part of our Dance Scene series.

Special introduction by South Carolina Black Pride.

Popularized by Madonna’s 1990 hit single “Vogue,” voguing is a highly stylized and accomplished form of dance performed within the underground ballroom community. Consisting of dance moves and controlled gestures that parody, replicate and critique mainstream society, voguing has emerged as a powerful and political mode of contemporary dance. Set within New York’s LGTBQ community, KIKI explores how dance and ballroom solidify community ties and empower queer youth.

Coming Soon • Nov 7


This film is a part of our For the Record series.

In 1962 labor activist Dolores Huerta joined César Chavez to found the National Farm Workers Association, one step of many in the ongoing battle for workers rights. A devoted feminist, labor leader and advocate for Mexican-Americans, Huerta devoted her life to empowering the disempowered and spearheading social change. Drawing on a rich archive and selection of thoughtful interviews, this new film sheds light on the inspiring work of a historic figure.

Coming Soon • Nov 8

Faces Places (Visages, Villages)

In this delightful new work from legendary filmmaker Agnè s Varda, the ever-curious and effervescent filmmaker sets off across the French countryside photographing residents in a mobile photobooth. Intended to protect each subject from the “hole of memory,” the project also unites Varda with a young photographer named JR, with whom she develops a captivating and charming bond. At 88 year old, the petite Belgian auteur enjoys the status of one of cinema’s giants, and her most recent work is a must see. Winner of the Golden Eye Documentary prize at the 2017 Cannes film festival.

Coming Soon • Nov 13


A part of our Dance Scene

Special introduction and dance performance by FUSE Arts Alliance.

This documentary-filmmaking debut by celebrated photographer David LaChapelle is an arresting portrait of clowning and krumping in Los Angeles. Tracing the emergence of the forms in the wake of the Los Angeles Rebellion of 1992, R ize captures how dancer Tommy “The Clown” Johnson developed elastic, improvisatory Clowning, which would lay the foundation for competitive Krumping, a rapid, awe-inspiring form of dance that progresses at such a speed that the film presents the disclaimer “the footage in this film has not been sped up in any way.”

Coming Soon • Nov 20

Mr. Gaga

A part of our Dance Scene series.

Special introduction and ballet performance by Columbia City Ballet.

Ohad Naharin, artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company, is regarded as one of the most important choreographers in the world. Capturing him at a critical turning point in his personal life, this spirited and insightful documentary introduces a man of great artistic integrity and extraordinary vision. Filmed over a period of eight years, director Tomer Heymann mixes rehearsal footage with an extensive previously-unseen archive and breathtaking dance sequences.

Coming Soon • Nov 21

Desert Hearts

This film is a part of our OUT Here series.

Donna Deitch’s swooning and sensual first film, Desert Hearts was groundbreaking upon its 1986 release: a love story about two women, produced and directed by a woman. In the 1959-set film, an adaptation of a beloved novel by Jane Rule, straitlaced East Coast professor Vivian Bell arrives in Reno to file for divorce, but winds up catching the eye of someone new, the younger free spirit Cay (Patricia Charbonneau), touching off a slow seduction that unfolds against the breathtaking desert landscape. With smoldering chemistry between its two leads, an evocative jukebox soundtrack, and vivid cinematography by Robert Elswit, Desert Hearts beautifully exudes a sense of tender yearning and emotional candor.

Coming Soon • Nov 25

Soul Power

Occurring alongside the legendary “Rumble in the Jungle” boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, the Zaire ‘74 concert united R&B legends James Brown, BB King and Bill Withers with renowned African musicians including Miriam Makemba and Afrisa. Edited from over 125 hours of footage shot in Zaire in 1974, this verité documentary captures the festival in all of its glory and features outstanding musical performances alongside powerful condemnations of global racism.

Coming Soon • Dec 1


This film is a part of First Friday Cinema Explosion!

A nurse takes vigilante justice against inner-city drug dealers after her sister becomes their latest victim.