The Downing Film Center is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation with the mission of showing world-quality films while providing other important cinematic programming for members of the community.

Nestled along the festive Newburgh waterfront, near many fine restaurants and the Newburgh-Beacon Ferry, the Downing Film Center invites you to experience film in a setting unlike any other in the Hudson Valley. There are 60 seats located in our theater.

Specializing in independent, foreign, and classic cinema, The Downing Film Center brings all your senses to life as you soak in the best the film world has to offer.

In this “screening room” atmosphere, open six nights a week (Tues – Sun), you will see the projectionist who lights up the night. You will hear the sound of rolling film. You will taste popcorn and candy along with our fine coffees, teas, soft drinks, candies, ice cream and baked goods. You will feel a part of this experience, unique to you and all the other people sitting with you in the dark. All this for less than you pay at the multiplex!

The Downing Film Center opened on Saturday, July 22, 2006 with the film “Water!” The theater is located in the Yellow Bird Building, a 1925 former furniture warehouse restored in 2005 by Dick Polich, owner of the Polich Art Works foundry.