March 19, 2022

2022 National Evening of Science on Screen Announced

23+ film organizations from California to Massachusetts feature science speakers at movie screenings on March 22.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Coolidge Corner Theatre have announced the 2022 National Evening of Science on Screen®, coming to cinemas across the nation on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. That evening, participating organizations will use one of the nation's favorite pastimes-going to the movies-to promote public understanding of science.

To date, 23 Science on Screen grantees in 16 states, all art-house cinemas or museums with film programs, have confirmed participation in this event. The National Evening of Science on Screen is the annual showcase event of the nationwide Science on Screen grant initiative, which is funded by the Sloan Foundation and administered by the Coolidge. Over the past decade, Sloan has awarded the Coolidge over $4 million to develop and administer Science on Screen programs around the US through partnerships with other nonprofits. The Coolidge has in turn awarded 313 grants totaling over $2.5 million to 101 independent cinemas and/or museums in 42 states.

A full listing of events can be viewed at:

"We're delighted to partner with the Coolidge Corner Theatre in celebrating the 9th National Evening of Science on Screen across America, especially in a year where incredible scientific advancement in vaccine development and COVID-19 treatment has allowed us to begin to return, gingerly, to indoor cinema," said Doron Weber, Vice President and Program Director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. "These events, which pair expert speakers with popular titles such as Sloan-winning films Hidden Figures, Don't Look Up and After Yang, demonstrate that science can illuminate films just as films can illuminate science. We're especially proud that theaters are selecting recent Sloan-supported documentaries Coded Bias, Picture a Scientist, and How to Survive a Pandemic and bringing attention to urgent contemporary issues."

Science on Screen grantee theaters run three or more Science on Screen events per year, creatively pairing screenings of classic, cult, science fiction, and documentary films with presentations by notable experts from the world of science and technology. Each film serves as a jumping-off point for the speaker to introduce current research or technological advances in a way that engages general audiences. The grant is funded by the Sloan Foundation's Program for Public Understanding of Science, Technology & Economics and administered by the Coolidge Corner Theatre, the celebrated Massachusetts art-house cinema that launched the Science on Screen format in 2005.

The 23 cinemas participating in the 2022 National Evening of Science on Screen to date are:

—Amherst Cinema, Amherst, Mass.
—Arena Theater, Point Arena, Calif.
—Art House Cinema, Billings, Mont.
—Athens Ciné, Athens, Ga.
—Austin Film Society, Austin, Texas
—Belcourt Theatre, Nashville, Tenn.
—Byrd Theatre, Richmond, Va.
—California Film Institute, San Rafael, Calif.
—Cameo Cinema, St. Helena, Calif.
—Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline, Mass.
—Coral Gables Art Cinema, Coral Gables, Fla.
—Enzian Theater, Maitland, Fla.
—FilmScene, Iowa City, Iowa
—Frida Cinema, Santa Ana, Calif.
Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, Ill.
—The Grand Cinema, Tacoma, Wash.
—Indiana University Cinema, Bloomington, Ind.
—Martha's Vineyard Film Society, Vineyard Haven, Mass.
—Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, Mich.
—Real Art Ways, Hartford, Conn.
—Rosendale Theatre Collective, Rosendale, N.Y.
—Salina Art Center, Salina, Kan.
—Willcox Theater and Arts, Willcox, Ariz.

For more information about the Science on Screen grant initiative, visit the Science on Screen website at