||THE ATHENS FILM ARTS INSTITUTE (AFAI) has a new window of opportunity to buy the building that houses Ciné, and with this goal will be launching a three-year, $2.5 million capital campaign, which will cover the purchase and maintenance of the building, improvement of facilities, and expanded opportunities for programming. Ciné’s location is highly desirable, prime real estate, and buying the property is necessary to provide stability and security to our long-term, nonprofit mission. We will secure a mortgage on the property when we have raised the amount sufficient for a down payment, and then continue to raise funds until we can purchase the property outright.
Founded in April 2007, Ciné has now served as Athens’ only downtown movie theater for a decade, and since AFAI assumed operations of Ciné in 2012, Ciné is entering its fifth year as the only non-profit cinema and arts venue in Northeast Georgia.
Specializing in presenting independent, foreign, documentary, and classic films, the restored historic venue houses two cinemas, a full bar, a versatile event space, and a visual art exhibition gallery. Ciné builds community through the arts by serving as an educational resource center, a music and performance space, a gathering site for cultural and academic organizations and a locus of conversation for the diverse citizens of Athens.
Over its ten-year history, Ciné has become an important focal point within Athens’ cultural and social environment, offering the unique opportunity to share in the vitality of a community theatrical experience without commerical distractions. It is one of only three venues in Georgia that is able to screen archival 35-millimeter prints of rare and classic films. Ciné’s year-round programming, including curated series focused on specialty genres, subjects, filmmakers, occupies a unique space in Athens’ cultural landscape.
Ciné’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in Athens by working to inspire, educate, and promote communication among all its constituents through film and art, As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization—under the stewardship of THE ATHENS FILM ARTS INSTITUTE (AFAI), an all-volunteer Athens-based Board of Directors—Ciné reflects and celebrates the complex tapestry of the community we serve. AFAI ensures that Ciné can continue its unique and vital role in Athens’ cultural life, helping to make our town a better place to live, work, visit, and do business.