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These are challenging times for everyone and while we have temporarily closed our theater for the greater good, we are truly pleased to announce a new initiative that will allow us to continue sharing cinematic gems with you by bringing the art house directly into your house! Thanks to Zipporah Films & others, we now have the ability to offer our audience the chance to watch films which have not yet been made available on any other streaming platform! O Cinema has always been your mission-driven, community-based nonprofit art house theater and we remain dedicated to educating, entertaining and inspiring. Your support with this purchase will help O Cinema remain a cultural and cinematic beacon in our community.

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Our new virtual cinema will allow us to continue sharing curated, cinematic gems with you by bringing the art house directly into your home while also helping support O Cinema.


Over his six-decade career, documentarian Frederick Wiseman has established himself as one of the preeminent chroniclers of American social, cultural, and political institutions. Foregoing narration and conventional plot, Wiseman’s immersive, essayistic films use patient observation and episodic structure to undertake penetrating studies of their subjects. Building towards the release of his epic new film CITY HALL, this series showcases select highlights from the director’s filmography, paired with exclusive recorded conversations between Wiseman and other leading documentarians.


Sometimes humorous, sometimes grave, this Emmy-winning documentary (originally released in 1970) unflinchingly depicts the day-to-day activities of East Harlem’s Metropolitan Hospital Center, observing the impact of medicine and government on the lives of regular people. Per Pauline Kael in The New Yorker, “It is as open and revealing as filmed experience has ever been.”

The film is accompanied by an exclusive, pre-recorded conversation between director Frederick Wiseman and documentarians Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (JESUS CAMP, ONE OF US).

“As open and revealing as filmed experience has ever been. You look misery in the eye and you realize there’s nothing to be afraid of… By the end we are so thoroughly involved… that tears well up, because we simply have no other means of responding to the intensity of this plain view of the ordinary activities in Metropolitan Hospital.”

“The chief characteristic of all Wiseman’s films — and the source of their tremendous emotional impact — is his instinctive sympathy for people who must confront the specific, human effects of vast, impersonal human social forces…”