How to get tickets
Tickets and passes can be purchased In-Person Only at The Athena Cinema box office 20 S. Court St., during regular theater hours staring one week before the festival. Tickets and All You Can Watch passes will go on sale a few days before festival.
Please note: There are no advance sales for free student tickets. Free student tickets are available the day of show only once the box office opens.
Ticket pricing and information
Regular Admission for Single Screenings
Start time before 5:00 PM: $5.00, Senior/Child $5.00
Start time at/after 5:00 PM: $6.50, Senior/Child $5.50
Student tickets: Free
All You Can Watch Festival Pass: $50.00
Student Tickets (limited quantities available)
1 Per Student per screening with valid ID
Available the day of the show when the box office opens at 12 PM.
There are limited student tickets set aside for each screening.
In the event a screening sells out to the public there may or may not be student tickets still available.
If you want to see a show that starts later in the evening it is advised to obtain a ticket from the box office earlier in the day.
Passes for Sale
All You Can Watch Pass: $50
Includes all public screenings at the Athena Cinema.
All You Can Watch, Guest, Sponsor, Staff, and Filmmaker Pass – Important Information:
All You Can Watch passes are available to purchase in a limited number. Passes grant you free access to all screenings (with ticket).
A pass won’t guarantee a ticket if you’re late to a sold-out show; pass holders must present their passes for admission tickets at the Athena to secure a seat for any show. Pass-holders are advised to obtain tickets in advance of each show, in case of sell-outs.
Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors there are few free events and screenings throughout the week.
Free shows are generally noted in our print program and on our website.
Free Student Tickets
Free student tickets provided by Arts for Ohio.
While supplies last, students currently enrolled with a valid student ID are eligible for free tickets to all shows at the Athena Cinema. To obtain a free student ticket, present your valid student ID at the ticket counter. Only a limited number of student tickets are available for each screening, so once they are gone, regular ticket prices go into effect. Free students tickets can be picked up at the Athena Cinema for the current day only and cannot be obtained in advance.
Showtimes are subject to change
We depend on the timely arrival of hundreds of films during the festival week, and occasionally there are shipping delays. For this reason, showtimes may change. Program changes will be announced in the Athena Cinema lobby, on the festival website and on social media.