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Welcome David Dinnell, new director of the Tacoma Film Festival David Dinnell w Hitoshi Toyoda at UnionDocs March 2014

The Grand Cinema is thrilled to announce that esteemed film curator David Dinnell is the new Festival Director and Programmer of the Tacoma Film Festival. 

Bringing extensive curating, programming, and teaching experience, and a host of industry and academic connections to Tacoma, Dinnell will build on TFF’s strong regional and international reputation and help to further elevate the prominence of the festival. 

The 2017 Movie Poll Movie Poll

We want to hear from you! What were your favorite 2017 films?

Help us reach our 2017 goal! Patrons enter The Grand Cinema exterior evening

At the close of every year, we ask for your help so we can do all the great work we do at The Grand, share the incredible films you love, and continue to build unique partnerships that empower and inspire our community.

Please give today. Click this link to donate.
Our goal is to raise $45,000 by December 31, 2017 to ensure The Grand Cinema meets its annual operational needs. Your donation is 100% tax-deductible.

Learning from our community: Why we changed our Science on Screen Hidden Figures program Hidden Figures

Every other month, The Grand Cinema hosts a special Science on Screen event, pairing a film with a scientific presentation. For our June 12 Science on Screen, we connected with Korean astronaut Soyeon Yi to present before the film Hidden Figures. Once we started promoting the program, the Tacoma Action Collective reached out, sharing that by not including African American women in our presentation, we were excluding and erasing their contributions. We realized we had made a serious mistake and that we must make a change. Here's how we worked with the Tacoma Action Collective to right this wrong:

Thank you to our generous Grand Cinema donors! Customers in the Grand Theater 6

The Grand Cinema’s donors and supporters accomplished a lot in 2016. At the beginning of the year, we defined three guiding annual priorities - supporting our general operations, growing educational opportunities and the Tacoma Film Festival, and upgrading the in-theater experience - and throughout the year, we reached out to our community with opportunities to support. Read on to learn more about what we did together!

Help us reach our goal: give to The Grand today Volunteers having fun at concessions

At the end of each year we ask you to consider a meaningful donation to help keep the nonprofit Grand Cinema growing and thriving.

Every year we like to use this opportunity to connect with our supporters, to learn more about why they love The Grand, and to share those perspectives. This year, we sat down with volunteers, board members, and staff to hear their stories. Through December, you will here from Van, Winnie, Heather, Bernadette, Katy, Jason, Ken, Lu, and Christopher in our theaters and on social media, sharing why they care about the work of The Grand Cinema.

Read on to learn how you can give back today too!

8 Reasons to become a member of The Grand Cinema Customers in the Grand Theater 3

Why supporting The Grand Cinema through annual membership is awesome and worth every penny (and then some).


The relationship between The Grand and its members is symbiotic: members see films on our screens that are hard to find elsewhere, and enjoy all the extra bonuses that come along with membership. In return The Grand is able to keep providing high quality film art and programs to the Tacoma community. It’s a win-win.


To all those readers who are already members: thank you and please keep it up! And to anyone who has been wondering what membership at The Grand is all about, keep reading to learn what you get from becoming an active part of The Grand’s community.

Hot Tickets at the 2016 Tacoma Film Festival as_you_are-899159695-large

Some of our Tacoma Film Festival films and events are definitely getting some attention - read on to learn what you should grab tickets for sooner than later.

Experience a post-film discussion at The Grand Post Film Panel First Girl Pride 2016

Recently, Grand Cinema volunteer and local filmmaker Christopher Wood led a post-film discussion for the documentary Weinerwhich was featured as part of our Tuesday Film Series. Read about his experience and make sure to make some time to join in an upcoming post-film discussion at The Grand too!

Get excited: Tacoma Film Festival 2016 is coming! large banner_web TFF 2016

The Tacoma Film Festival is October 6 - 13, 2016 and it will be bigger and better than ever! Read on and find out where to get all the updates as #2016TFF approaches.


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