The Underground Cinema

Rent the Underground Cinema

The Underground Cinema is a 29-seat independent movie theater in downtown Charleston, West Virginia. Located in the basement of the Taylor Books Annex Gallery, the Underground Cinema is becoming a unique, premium location for small-scale, intimate events. The theater is primarily operated by the West Virginia International Film Festival (WVIFF), but is available to be rented by the public. The WVIFF wants to partner with local organizations and community members to give access to this community cinema. To better meet that goal, we have devised several options for utilizing the space. We want to find a way that works for both the WVIFF and you to hold an event at the Underground Cinema!

Contact the West Virginia International Film Festival about renting our beautiful space today! Just email us at wvfilmfestival@gmail.com.

Rental type Who does marketing? Who pays for the screening rights? Hourly fee (during the event) Damage deposit
Flat fee
Ticketing charges (for the WVIFF managing ticket sales) Optional: WVIFF will make screening rights arrangements for…
Private events No public marketing allowed. The event holder must have private invitations. Event holder $50/hour $100 $60 Optional: The greater of:
15% of revenues or $50
…$100.
Independent events The event holder Event holder $30/hour $100 $60 Optional: The greater of:
15% of revenues or $50
…$100.
Co-Hosted events The event holder and the WVIFF Event holder $30/hour None None 50% of revenues …free.
Official Underground Cinema events The event holder and the WVIFF WVIFF None None None 100% of revenues …free.

Generally:

  • Public performance rights must be attained for any films shown. To utilize the Underground Cinema, an event holder must give proof that screenings fees have been paid (or waived by the rights owner).
  • Prepared food is not permitted to be brought into the theater. Only snacks like popcorn, chips, pretzels, etc. For Co-hosted and Official events, no outside food is permitted.
  • If an event holder wishes to offer free concessions to attendees from our concessions stand, the WVIFF can keep track of all snacks and drinks consumed and will invoice the event holder at the regular price for concessions.
  • The Underground Cinema Manager will be present for all events and will operate the screening equipment. Unless otherwise arranged, private and independent event holders will need to supply their own staff/volunteers for taking tickets, selling concessions, or any other tasks beyond opening the theater and operating the audiovisual equipment.

Contact the West Virginia International Film Festival about renting our beautiful space today! Just email us at wvfilmfestival@gmail.com.