Get Involved with Cornell Cinema

Get Involved…

Cornell Cinema is a great place to see films, but it's also a great place to work, volunteer, suggest movie titles or cosponsor film series, or become involved in other ways!

Paid Employment

Cornell Cinema hires Box and Concessions Officers, House Managers, Projectionists, Office Assistants, Shippers and more! Paid positions can be held by Cornell University students, and most require Work-Study or some other wage subsidy scholarship (Cornell Tradition or OMEA, for instance). Paid employees receive a Comp Pass for two to all regular screenings. Anyone interested in working for the Cinema is encouraged to fill out an application whether or not there are specific positions available. Applications are kept on file for the academic year.

Volunteer Ushering

Not a Cornell student, or you don't have Work-Study, or you just love to volunteer and want to be involved in the Cinema? Be a Volunteer Usher! Ushers work one night a week (for two films). They arrive early, help set up, rip tickets, watch the film, and help clean up at the end of the night – and, beside a free uniform (a snazzy Cinema Staff T-Shirt), the use of our industrial-strength flashlight and our unending gratitude, Ushers receive a Comp Pass for two to all regular screenings. Please fill out our Employment Application, noting evenings you are generally available, and drop it by the office.

Student Advisory Board

The Cornell Cinema Student Advisory Board is an organization of students, both undergraduate and graduate, whose purpose is to represent and promote Cornell Cinema, as well as to advise and assist Cornell Cinema in its overall mission to offer the Cornell and greater Ithaca community a wide variety of cinematic and media experiences, for both educational and entertainment purposes. Specific committees work on promotion, event planning and execution, and programming.

The first meeting of the SAB (Fall 2018) takes place on Tuesday, September 11 at 5pm in Willard Straight Theatre. All students are welcome to attend and learn more! (The board typically meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 5pm.)

Student Advisory Board Officers

Suggest a Title

The Willard Straight Theatre has a suggestion box where patrons can suggest titles for upcoming calendars or make other suggestions. We can't promise we'll take the suggestions, but we can promise we'll read them!

Cosponsorship Program

Cornell Cinema accepts a limited number of proposals from faculty members, campus departments and programs, student organizations and community groups for incorporation into Cornell Cinema's schedule. As of academic year ’12-13, fewer proposals will be accepted than in the past due to a reduction in the number of days per week Cornell Cinema presents programs. Proposals most likely to be accepted are those with broad audience appeal, where work is available in a higher quality format than DVD, and when being requested for a class, enrollment is at least 40 and students are required to attend the screenings. Proposals that come with the offer of financial assistance stand a better chance of being accepted. Proposals typically need to be submitted a semester in advance. Inquiries can be sent to Cinema Director Mary Fessenden at

If your proposal is not accepted for inclusion in Cornell Cinema's schedule, you may still be able to have the work shown in Willard Straight Theatre at a time when Cornell Cinema is not presenting its own programs (primarily Monday and Tuesday nights) for a reasonable rental fee. These events can be scheduled with less lead time, but typically no less than three weeks. For details on these special rentals, contact Cinema Manager Douglas McLaren at

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