Austin Film Society (AFS) is thrilled to announce that it assumes management of its own cinema and event venue this week and plans to significantly expand its offering of curated programming.

AFS has signed an agreement to operate the theater and event venue formerly known as the Marchesa Hall and Theater (6226 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX 78752). The venue will be temporarily renamed the AFS Cinema until—after undergoing significant renovations—it will relaunch, with new branding and expanded programming in early 2017.

Richard Linklater, Austin Film Society’s Artistic Director and Founder says “opening a full time art house theater has always been part of the organization’s vision,” and it is a “dream come true” to see this come to fruition. Running a full-time theater enables AFS to grow its museum-quality, carefully curated repertory, international, and art house film programming, as well as host AFS Premieres and Special Events such as the recent AFS Artist Spotlight with Ethan Hawke and the upcoming Sundance Institute #ArtistServices Workshop (May 21).

Linklater announced lead gifts and AFS’s plans to open an arthouse theater on stage at the Texas Film Awards, presented by H-E-B, in March. A recording of that announcement, which also outlines the history of AFS’s exhibition program, can be viewed here.

David Monahan, an Austin native, has been hired as General Manager to lead daily operations of the theater and event space. Monahan previously held senior management positions with Nordstrom’s restaurant division, where he served as General Manager at several locations nationally. He previously was a stage manager for UT’s Texas Performing Arts and an Assistant Theater Manager at Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse Theater.

In addition to housing AFS’s curated programming and special events, the AFS Cinema and Event Space is available for rent. Please direct all rental inquiries to

The Austin Film Society is a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status and is committed to making Austin synonymous with great film. To support AFS in bringing international film culture and education to Austinites through the expansion of the theater, contact Lauren Alexander-Labahn, Director of Relationships and Revenue, at

The project was originally announced at the 2016 Texas Film Awards. Read our March 10 press release >>


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