MXO ‘The Arts Unplugged’: CIA Cinematheque Re-Opened In Person With 1985 Classic “Mask!”


Good news! After more than 15 months, the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque has re-opened at its Peter B. Lewis Theater in the Cleveland Institute of Art in University Circle.

The opening film was Peter Bogdanovich’s 1985 Mask, starring Cher as the biker mother of a boy with a congenital disorder that distorts facial features and usually causes death before the individual is an adult. It was based of the life of Rocky Dennis, an actual victim of the rare condition, who died at 16 in 1978.

Although the film got a favorable response, it was also that subject of drama when Bruce Springsteen’s label refused to allow his songs to be used in it and they were replaced by Bob Seger tunes. The Springsteen tunes were restored in a 2004 director’s cut which has never been shown theatrically in Cleveland.

Masks will be required and temperature checks will be given; social distancing will also be in effect in the lobby, restrooms and theater, which will be operating at reduced capacity. So, it’s recommended that if you want to see any of the films on the Cinematheque’s upcoming schedule, which will feature in-person movies on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, you get your tickets in advance. Virtual screenings will continue.

Find at full schedule of upcoming films here.