SFMOMA is committed to exhibiting film as an essential medium of modern and contemporary art. We strive to bring a new dimension to cinema as a multifaceted social and educational experience as well as shed new light on historical masterpieces and contemporary filmmakers. With our state-of-the-art Phyllis Wattis Theater, the museum is a key venue for film in the Bay Area.
We present film year-round. Our signature program Modern Cinema features in-depth explorations of works by key figures in filmmaking history. The monthly matinee series Silver Screen celebrates cinematic gems from the past, including classic Hollywood and foreign art-house treasures. The film program also offers exhibition-related screenings and limited series, hosts visiting filmmakers and local speakers, and presents live cinema productions and projected-image work, including artist-made films, experimental films, and non-narrative cinema.
SFMOMA has always been a pioneer in the presentation of film. Our first cinema program, Development of the Motion Picture, launched in 1937, shortly after the museum opened. Throughout our history, we’ve explored film in relation to populism and experimentation and have shown everything from Walt Disney to F.W. Murnau. We’re proud to complement the wide-ranging film culture of the Bay Area. There is nothing like seeing moving images in the dark.