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Remember, the box office opens 1/2 hour before the first showtime of the day and seating is on a first-come first served basis. 

The Downing Film Center has limited seating -- 55 seats!




ADULTS $9.00



CHILDREN (Under 16) $7.00

MEMBERS/FANS $6.00 (with card)


Special screening events may have different admission prices!




ADULTS $9.00



CHILDREN (Under 16) $7.00






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The Downing Film Center is dedicated to presenting quality films, not always available locally, and providing cinematic programming from around the world in collaboration with and for the benefit of the Hudson Valley’s diverse communities.

Revised 1/10/2015


             DOWNING FILM CENTER                                                                                              MONROE THEATERS AT TMACC                                                                                                                                                                                   




Far from the Madding Crowd Movie Poster

PG-13 (for some sexuality and violence)

119 min | Directed by Thomas Vinterberg

In English | 2015




May 25 - May 28

MON 7:30

TUES 7:30

WEDS 7:30

THURS 2:00 7:30


May 22 - May 28

FRI 7:30

SAT 2:30 5:15 8:00

SUN 2:30 5:15

TUES 7:30

WEDS 7:30

THURS 2:00 7:30


Click here to buy tickets at for FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD.



Far from the Madding Crowd invites tough comparisons to Thomas Hardy's classic novel -- and its previous adaptation -- but stands on its own thanks to strong direction

and a talented cast.


     Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD is the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba's choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love - as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance. (C) Fox Searchlight


****: "Director Thomas Vinterberg’s romantic rollercoaster honors Hardy’s rustic vibe. Remarkably, too, he’s made a thoroughly modern film anyone can relate to — it’s like a “what a woman wants” discussion set in Victorian times. It’s also an instant classic." -Grahan Fuller, New York Daily News


****: "The latest version of Hardy's 1874 classic works on all levels. Foremost, it is brilliantly directed by Thomas Vinterberg,who also made two other masterful dramas, 2012's "The Huntand" 1998's "The Celebration."  -Claudia Puig, USA Today

"With a steely resilience burning beneath her delicate, creamy complexion, Carey Mulligan brings remarkable nuance and a rich inner life to the role of Bathsheba Everdene." -Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly


For the benefit of our members, e-news subscribers and general public, please click here to view the Service Agreement the Downing Film Center entered into with the Town of  Monroe to pick, procure and project films on Screens 1, 2 and 3 of TMACC (Town of Monroe Arts and Civic Center) - both to advance our mission and serve the people of Monroe and the Mid-Hudson Valley.


     While the Town of Monroe will operate Theaters 1, 2, and 3, including receiving all box office and concessions' revenue, the Downing Film Center will be paid an annual service fee of $154,000,  which will cover the following:

1. Salaries and benefits for 1 part-time Team Leader/Projectionist and three part-time Projectionists - working at Monroe
2. Additional bookkeeper/accountant services and a part-time administrative assistant and benefits
3. Compensation for the Executive Director
4. Miscellaneous items including printing and copying, etc.

This does not include employees who will be working directly for the Town of Monroe to operate the theaters and TMACC.

"The Town of Monroe asked us to lend our expertise, and we are pleased to extend our not-for-profit mission to bring quality films to the people of Monroe," said Brian Burke, the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Downing Film Center. "The success of this venture will directly benefit the Town because it will bring quality cinema back to its residents and to its surrounding areas. We are proud to have been part of the independent film movement in the mid-Hudson Valley since opening our doors in 2006 and are thrilled to be able to expand its reach from our flagship location in Newburgh to our neighbors in Monroe. With this agreement, and the support it shows for quality film programming, we believe the future is bright for cinema in our region, and we thank the Town of Monroe for giving us the opportunity to become part of the cultural life of their community."


The Downing Film Center is an apolitical arts organization. 




Ends Thurs, May 28


The Caroll Spinney Story

Not Rated | 90 min | Directed by Chad N. Walker and Dave LaMattina | 2015 | In English




MAY 25 - MAY 28

MON 7:10

TUES 2:10 7:10

WEDS 7:10

THURS 7:10



Every bit as good-natured as longtime fans might hope, I Am Big Bird: The Carroll Spinney Story offers heartwarming behind-the-scenes perspective on a cultural icon.


     For 45 years, Caroll Spinney has been beloved by generations of children as the man behind Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch - and at 80 years old, he has no intention of stopping. A loving portrait of the man in the yellow suit, I Am Big Bird features extraordinary footage of Spinney's earliest collaborations with Jim Henson as it traces his journey from bullied child to childhood icon. And as the yellow feathers give way to grey hair, it is the man, not the puppet, who will steal your heart. (C) Tribeca


"If there was ever a man lucky enough to have found his true calling in life, it's the subject of Dave LaMattina and Chad N. Walker's affecting documentary." -Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter


"[A] loving documentary about a puppeteer who's brightened the lives of countless children weaned on Sesame Street." -Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly


"The film will remind audiences of the important role Big Bird (and the man in the yellow suit) played in shaping both culture, children's education and even politics." -Bruce Demara, Toronto Star





Held Over Through Thurs, June 4


Rated PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and peril, thematic elements, and language

130 min | Directed by Brad Bird | 2015 | In English | Adventure/Sci-Fi




MAY 25 - MAY 28

MON 7:00

TUES 2:00 7:00

WEDS 7:00

THURS 7:00


     Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen (Britt Robertson) bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor (George Clooney) jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.”


"All hands on both sides of the camera do outstanding work. Clooney seems to be enjoying himself thoroughly as the old grump whose creative flame hasn’t been entirely extinguished, but it falls more to Robertson to carry the film, which she does with great energy and appeal."

-Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter


"Bird has crafted a gorgeous world rife with creativity and inventive images. A Spielbergian sense of candid awe and wonder permeates each scene with a nostalgic edge." -Greg Cwik, IndieWIRE


"Director Brad Bird deserves praise for packing such big ideas into such an accessible, rip-roaring, retro-futurist adventure." -Steve Rose, The Guardian





Ends Thurs, May 28


Rated R for violent content including a rape, language, and some sexuality | 102 min

Directed by Andrew Niccol | In English | 2015 | Drama/Thriller




MAY 25 - MAY 28

MON 7:20

TUES 2:20 7:20

WEDS 7:20

THURS 7:20


Thought-provoking, timely, and anchored by a strong performance from Ethan Hawke, Good Kill is a modern war movie with a troubled conscience.


     In the shadowy world of drone warfare, combat unfolds like a video game-only with real lives at stake. After six tours of duty, Air Force pilot Tom Egan (Ethan Hawke) yearns to get back into the cockpit of a real plane, but he now fights theTaliban from an air-conditioned box in the Las Vegas desert. When he and his crew start taking orders directly from the CIA, and the stakes are raised, Egan's nerves-and his relationship with his wife (Mad Men's January Jones)-begin to unravel. Revealing the psychological toll drone pilots endure as they are forced to witness the aftermath of their fight against insurgents, Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War) directs this riveting insider's view of 21st-century warfare, in which operatives target enemies from half a world away. (C) IFC Films


"Mr. Hawke’s anguished performance gives Good Kill a hot emotional center."

-Stephen Holden, New York Times


****: " A modern morality play examining the emotional and physical toll exacted by the military tactic of bombing by drones."

-Kam Williams, Baret News


"A sombre, intelligent drama that critiques Obama's ongoing drone policy while still positioning its button-pushing characters as tortured anti-heroes."

-Tom Huddleston, Time Out




     We'd like to share news of an exciting new opportunity which has arisen for the Downing Film Center. The Town of Monroe has voted to begin operation of a movie theater at their new Town of Monroe Activity and Civic Center - TMACC (the site of the former Monroe Theater). We have been asked to program three of the screens at this theater in addition to maintaining our home here at the Yellow Bird Building on Front Street in Newburgh. We have been working on a service agreement with the Town of Monroe to make this a reality. Programming these additional screens will benefit the Downing in a number of ways. First, we can expand our reach to a wider geographic area and serve a much larger population of film goers. Secondly, it will afford us the flexibility of multiple screens on which to show a greater number and wider selection of quality films to this larger audience enabling us to better fulfill our not-for-profit mission statement. And finally it will give the Downing a more sustainable model to ensure that we can bring fine films to our area for many years to come.        

     We wanted to inform you of these developments and assure you that the Downing Film Center in Newburgh will remain our home and the operations you have grown used to there will continue as always.

     We appreciate the support you have given to the Downing since its founding in 2006 and we look forward to a continued rewarding relationship with our members, fans and fellow film enthusiasts. Check out our website for further news about the Downing's newest chapter. thank you ...and...hope to see you soon at the movies!


The Monroe Theater at TMACC
  is located at:
34 Millpond Parkway,
Monroe, NY 10950

The Downing Film Center will be programming Screens 1, 2, and 3.  




The Downing Film Center is handicapped accessible. If you plan on attending a film and you need our lift and elevator, please let us know when you make your reservation.  We also ask you arrive at least 35-40 minutes early.



     Gift cards are available at the Downing. You can pick up gift cards in any amount desired. All you have to do is send in your request indicating the amount of gift card, the name of the recipient and the name(s) of the person(s) giving it.  You can then mail in your request with a check made out to the Downing Film Center at 19 Front St., Newburgh, NY.  If you live in the area, you can also stop by the box office during film hours (check out film schedule above for current screenings) and pick up your gift card. If you have any other questions, feel free to telephone our box office or email us at