We're closed for now

We’re closed for now

Dear Filmgoers,

Upstate Films is closed for the foreseeable future in compliance with Governor Cuomo’s executive order. Although we regret not being able to show you the many films we’d planned and missing our special events, we know we’re doing the right thing for all of our sakes.

Before Gov. Cuomo’s order to shut down tight, we did get to do some repainting, refurbishing, and cleaning. When we reopen, we hope you’ll enjoy the fresh look.

During this uncertain-unprecedented-challenging period, we have received donations from filmgoers & members who have chosen to show their support. Perhaps you too would consider buying yourself or a friend a gift card, updating your membership, or making a donation, no matter the amount? We thank you in advance. And soon, we hope to be able to welcome you back.

— from the gang @ Upstate — DeDe, Joel, Steve, Jake, Matt, Fiona, George, Laura, Alex, Nate, E-Liz

Welcome to the Upstate Films Virtual Cinema

Upstate Films is closed for the foreseeable future, but we still want to bring you some of the programming that we were planning on screening this spring. In partnership with select distributors, we are happy to bring you Virtual Screening Rooms. Purchase a ticket through one of the links offered on our website, and watch the movie in the comfort and safety of your own home.
Just as with a real ticket, the proceeds will be split between Upstate Films and the distributors. Your ticket allows you to watch the film for a specified period of time, and you'll be able to stream it on compatible streaming devices, your mobile device or your computer browser. Please see our Virtual Screening Room FAQ for more information.
Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi

While Upstate was unable to screen Corpus Christi at our theaters before we shut things down, we still think it’s worth watching. In partnership with Film Movement, we’re pleased to offer you a chance to watch it in the comfort and safety of your own home. When you buy a ticket for a Virtual Screening of Corpus Christi, half of the ticket price comes right back to support Upstate Films. In these difficult times, it’s a great way to keep up with the best independent and international films, and to help the theater workers, distributors and filmmakers who are all struggling with this abrupt change of circumstances.

Click Here to Purchase Ticket for Corpus Christi Virtual Screening at Film Movement Plus

Corpus Christi is available from Film Movement, through the Film Movement Plus platform. Tickets are $12 per household, and you’ll have 72 hours to watch the movie after you purchase your ticket. When you make the purchase, you will receive an email from Film Movement with instructions on how to watch. You can watch on your browser, or stream with the Film Movement Plus App, which is available on most every common digital device (Apple, Roku, Amazon, Android…).

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Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band

Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band

In Partnership with Magnolia Pictures, we’re happy to offer you a chance to watch Once Were Brothers through a Virtual Screening link. Through April 2nd, 100% of all proceeds will come right back to support Upstate Films. Thank you Magnolia Pictures! Starting on the 3rd, we will share proceeds with Magnolia 50/50. After you purchase your ticket, you will have 30 days to start watching. Once you start watching, your rental will be available for 72 hours. Streaming is available on multiple devices or through your browser. Please follow the instructions on the Magnolia website, and on the email you will receive with your purchase.

Click Here to Purchase Ticket for Once Were Brothers Virtual Screening at Magnolia Pictures

Focussing on Robbie Robertson this is a confessional, cautionary, and occasionally humorous tale of his life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music, The Band.

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The Whistlers

The Whistlers

In Partnership with Magnolia Pictures, we’re happy to offer you a chance to watch The Whistlers through a Virtual Screening link. Through April 2nd, 100% of all proceeds will come right back to support Upstate Films. Thank you Magnolia Pictures! Starting on the 3rd, we will share proceeds with Magnolia 50/50. After you purchase your ticket, you will have 30 days to start watching. Once you start watching, your rental will be available for 72 hours. Streaming is available on multiple devices or through your browser. Please follow the instructions on the Magnolia website, and on the email you will receive with your purchase.

Click Here to Purchase Ticket for The Whistlers at Magnolia Pictures

Romania’s official submission to the 2020 Oscars for Best International film was one of the surprise favorites on the festival circuit. This deliciously clever crime caper with its twists and turns is about a cop (Vlad Ivanov, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days) who gets mixed up in a plot to bust a corrupt businessman out of prison—but first he needs to master an obscure language expressed solely in whistles.

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Coming Soon

It’s time to pass the reels! We’re looking for a new executive director!

In 2022 Upstate Films will celebrate its 50th anniversary.  After nearly five decades of running Upstate, its co-founders and Executive Directors, Steve Leiber and DeDe Leiber, will soon be retiring. Upstate is now seeking a new Executive Director to whom they can “pass the reels” (actually, Upstate went digital in 2013).

The Executive Director is responsible for programming Upstate’s theaters in Rhinebeck and Woodstock, fundraising, grant writing, arranging guest speaker events, and organizing special programs, as well as helping to lead the organization’s staff.  The Executive Director should be committed to maintaining the hands-on presence our audiences value and to Upstate’s mission of presenting the best in international and independent cinema.  Please check out the full job listing here.

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