Founded in 1985 by Richard Linklater, the Austin Film Society's mission is to empower our community to make, watch, and love film and creative media. After a significant renovation, AFS opened the cinema in spring of 2017 with two screens, a full bar and café, and an event hall.
AFS (a 501c3 non-profit) curates a wide selection of films for its signature programs at the cinema, including repertory series, new restorations, documentaries, independent films and premieres. Additionally, the AFS Cinema offers a full schedule of first run films, featuring the best in international and independent films new to theaters. Signature film programs are often accompanied by introductions by the film programmers or other special guests.