Membership FAQs

why become a member?

The American Cinematheque is a 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural arts organization. Member support directly helps to sustain the non-profit’s ongoing public film programming throughout the year.

Like most non-profit specialty cinemas, the AC’s primary source of funding is the box office, where the box office and concessions are responsible for about 60% of the budget – leaving the remainder to be raised through our Membership program and General Fundraising to support our repertory cinema programs and events, and the continued retro-format exhibition of celluloid film (35mm, 70mm and nitrate).

In order to provide the high-quality programming and theatrical exhibition at our theatres, we depend on memberships and donations. We appreciate our members and the vital support their dues provide.

what are the benefits?

Apart from helping to support the American Cinematheque(!), benefits are dependent on the membership level. All memberships (regardless of level) share the following benefits:

  • $5 off regular-priced tickets
  • Priority Line Entry
  • Access to 1000+ films per year in 35mm, 70mm and rare nitrate as well as state-of-the-art digital projection and presentation
  • Invitations to Members-Only advance screenings and special events
  • Exclusive live Q&As and discussions with filmmakers and luminaries
  • Screenings at historic theatres: Aero Theatre, Los Feliz 3 and Egyptian Theatre
  • Special merch discounts

To browse through all Membership levels and benefits, click here.

Membership benefits are subject to change without notice. 

How do I join?

To join online, click here to purchase. Ticket discounts are valid immediately once logged into your active member online account.

I was gifted a membership. How do I redeem my gift?

Essentially, you will go through the steps of buying a Membership – except you’ll have a Coupon Code to Apply during checkout.

  • Visit the membership page of the AC website.
  • Click SIGN UP NOW next to the type of membership you were gifted (For example, if you were gifted a Film Club Membership, click to add that membership to your cart by clicking Sign Up Now – do NOT click Gift a Membership)
  • During checkout, you will be able to apply the coupon code that is unique to your gift membership and included in the gift letter. Enter the coupon number and click APPLY.
  • The amount due will change to $0.00
  • Proceed through checkout. You’ll get a Membership Confirmation email that includes your membership number once the membership redemption is completed.
  • You can then login and begin to use your membership immediately.

Can I get a refund for my membership?

There are no refunds or exchanges for Memberships and Memberships cannot be prorated. Memberships are charitable contributions for the American Cinematheque 501(c)(3). They are tax-deductible, to the fullest extent of the law.

We do offer a 72-hour grace period initially after purchasing a membership, for switching to a different membership level, provided that you have not already utilized the membership for screening discounts or other benefits. 

How do I log in to my member account?

You can login to your American Cinematheque Membership account using the same email you used to purchase the membership originally.

Click here to sign in or reset your password.

Can someone else use my membership for benefits, including for discounts or priority entry?

No. Memberships are non-transferable.

Can I bring a non-member guest to a members’ only event?

You are allowed to bring a non-member guest to a Members’ Only event if as a member you have secured the appropriate number of RSVPs for the screening and are able to present your digital membership card for validation. However, please bear in mind that your guest must be present with you for entry to the event.

I renewed early - can I get additional time added to my membership? Do other benefits carry over?

No, membership benefits (including additional time) does not carry over to the following membership year. Memberships are not prorated. Please note that the date of your renewal will reflect your new expiration date for the following year.

Additionally, expired Members are not able to redeem Membership Benefits retroactively. Benefits can only be used and applied for active members.

How do I know when my membership expires?

Once you login to your online member account, click ‘MY MEMBERSHIP‘ tab of your account dashboard. You can view all your account details, including expiration date.

My email won't work to log in

Be sure you are signing in using the email address you originally used to purchase your membership. You can click to reset your password if it’s the correct email, but the password isn’t working.

Do NOT click reset multiple times! It takes up to a few minutes for the reset notification to come through to your inbox.

Still having issues? Email member[at]americancinematheque[dot]com with as many details as possible (including original date of purchase) and someone will get back to you soon.

Where can I find my Membership Card to view or print?

First, be sure you are logged into your account. Click your NAME and QR icon on the top bar – the link will take you directly  to your Digital Member ID card.

When you renew your membership, the Digital Card will automatically update with your new expiration date and membership level.

Can I upgrade my membership to a higher level?

We do not offer upgrades to active and existing memberships. As the AC is a non-profit, each membership is categorized as a charitable contribution, and is tax-deductible as allowed by law. Existing Memberships are not refundable or prorated.

In order to upgrade (even before your current membership has lapsed!) you’re more than welcome to purchase the new membership by visiting the Membership page.

Your new Membership will be effective immediately and will replace the old membership in the system. Your new Membership will be valid for 1 year from the date you purchase it.

We do allow a 72-hour grace period if you would like to upgrade your new membership to a different membership tier.

How do I use my Member Number to purchase tickets or attend a members-only event?

Be sure you’re logged in before you click to add tickets to your cart, or RSVP to members-only events. The Membership discounts and benefits will apply automatically during the checkout process.

How do I gain priority entry to an event/film?

When at the theatre, line up in the “Member Line” for entry. Be sure to have your Digital Membership Card handy!

Your Member card will be checked at the door to authenticate your membership.

How can I find out about an upcoming events and screenings?

  • Follow the American Cinematheque on Social –  Instagram, X, and Facebook – for the latest programming announcements.
  • The AC emails a newsletter with the latest schedule. Please make sure mail[at]americancinematheque[dot]com is added to your contact list so the email doesn’t hit a junk/spam filter!
  • Visit the Now Showing section of to see the latest schedule.

Do Members-Only Screenings have Members-Only Standby Lines?

Yes. If a screening is advertised as members-only and has sold out, there will be a members-only standby line for that event.