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    19725 Oak St. Cornelius, NC 28031    

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lunchbox-300Sat. & Sun. August 2, 3  7:00pm

The Lunch Box

2013 (1 hr 45 mins) India
Hindi and English (English subtitles)


A touching and credible story – Chicago Sun-Times
Deft and charming – NY Times
Thoroughly endearing – Wall Street Journal
Enormously warm and subtle – NPR
A tasty surprise – The Hollywood Reporter




Cannes Film Festival
Telluride Film Festival
Toronto Film Festival
Sundance Film Festival


Middle class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to him at work, but, unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker, Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a little note in the following day’s lunchbox, in the hopes of getting to the bottom of the mystery.


This begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila, and the mere comfort of communicating with a stranger anonymously soon evolves into an unexpected friendship. Gradually, their notes become little confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears, and even small joys. They each discover a new sense of self and find an anchor to hold on to in the big city of Mumbai that so often crushes hopes and dreams. Still strangers physically, Ila and Saajan become lost in a virtual relationship that could jeopardize both their realities.

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37daysSat. August 16, 6:30 pm

37 Days

BBC-TV Historical Drama
2 hrs. 30 mins (1 intermission)
UK (English)



This film was produced this year in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I on August 4, 1914.  It is  similar in look and feel to the great period BBC dramatic series, like “Downton Abbey.”


Based on factual events, this drama explores with breathless tension the tragedy of how Europe’s old conventions of secret diplomacy fell apart – or were destroyed. With stunning performances and a fresh angle on an iconic story, this fascinating and provocative factual drama unlocks the mystery of the war’s origins, overturning common assumptions about its inevitability, demonstrating that World War One did not happen by chance, and nor was it a foregone conclusion – it took considerable effort and staggering bad luck, to disastrous and tragic effect.


 FREE ADMISSION Reserve Seats Here

This  films will not be broadcast in the US nor will it be available on Netflix.  It is offered for free by BBC-TV as a fundraising opportunity for selected  Art House Cinemas in the U.S.

Because seating is limited, seats must be reserved in advance on our website, or by phone (704)996-7724.


churchillposterlgSun. August 17, 6:30 pm

Churchill’s First War

BBC-TV Historical Documentary
2014 (94 minutes)
UK (English)



At the outbreak of war, Britain’s First Lord of the Admiralty-39-year-old Winston Churchill- dreams of winning fame and glory.  But when the disastrous Battle of Gallipoli leads to his disgrace and eventual resignation, he dreams of redemption, instead.  Join the future statesman in theis dramatic documentary ad Churchill tries to rehabilitate his reputation by taking up active service in the British Army, at the risk of getting killed.  This story is told through Churchill’s own words in intimate letters to Clemtine, his young wife and trusted confidant.
See how political intrigtue, ambition , and remarkable military adventures combine with the love of a wise woman to forge Britain’s future great champion of World War II.


FREE ADMISSION Reserve Seats Here

This film was produced this year in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I on August 4, 1914.  It is  similar in look and feel to the great period BBC dramatic series, like “Downton Abbey.”  It will not be broadcast in the US nor will it be available on Netflix.  It is offered for free by BBC-TV as a fundraising opportunity for selected  Art House Cinemas in the U.S.

Because seating is limited, seats must be reserved in advance on our website, or by phone (704)996-7724.


Sat & Sun September 6, 7  7:00pm

GreatBeautyPosterwebThe Great Beauty

2013 (142 minutes)
Italy/France (in Italian with English Subtitles)


Oscar- Best Foreign Language Film 2014
Golden Globe Award- Best Foreign Film 2014
BAFTA- Best non-English Language Film 2014
Cannes Film Festival
Best Film- European Film Awards 2013





“The year’s grandest, most exhilarating foreign film”- TIME Magazine

“Drop-dead gorgeous… a radiant work on the meaning of life”- LA TIMES

“A deliriously alive movie”- NY TIMES

“Thrillingly good… the most ravishing footage of Rome I’ve ever seen”- NPR, FRESH AIR



Journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. A film by Paolo Sorrentino.  Adult content.



brasslands_xlg  Coming in September


2013 (83 minutes)
USA/Serbia (in English)


Los Angeles Film Festival
American Documentary Film Festival
Rotterdam International Film Festival
Beldocs International Film Festival
Minneapolis Film Festival



A tiny Serbian village explodes with brass cacophony and riotous celebration as more than half a million music fans descend upon Guča, the world’s largest trumpet competition.


Every competitor seeks to win, but the film’s characters are all making their trumpet pilgrimages for very different reasons: 25-year-old “master trumpeter” Dejan Petrovic—the reigning Guča champion—returns to defend his championship title, while Demiran Ćerimović—a world-class Roma Gypsy trumpeter—struggles against deeply ingrained racism for the opportunity to make money for his family. Through it all, a fish-out-of-water American band plays to validate their very existence in front of a population still scarred by U.S. bombs.


Brasslands offers an intimate and sometimes unsettling portrait of how the hopes and fears of this diverse group of characters collide in their search for common ground and musical ecstasy.


Brasslands has been a hit at more than 20 international film festivals including Rotterdam, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Vilnius, and Minneapolis.



studioc-bwStudio-C Cinema presents feature-length independent, documentary, foreign, classic, and art films in the Lake Norman area.  Most of our films are recent releases and have their first theatrical run in the area.  They have won many awards, and been selected for numerous international film festivals.


We use a professional Blu-Ray HD projector on a 16 ft. cinema screen with a 5.1 surround sound system.  Studio-C Cinema is a private company in partnership with the Cornelius Art Center.



-Screenings are held on the first and third Saturday and Sunday evenings of every month, plus a Sunday matinee (3:00 pm).  Additional screenings are scheduled on other dates with notice.  Send an email to studioccinema@gmail.com to receive schedule updates.


-EVENING FILMS- doors open at 6:15 pm for a reception,  with complementary beer, wine, snacks, fresh popcorn and browsing the Cornelius Art Center’s Gallery.
-EVENING FILMS start at 7:00 pm. Informal discussions follow films.
-SUNDAY MATINEES- doors open at 2:30 pm.  Films start at 3:00 pm (no reception at matinees– feel free to bring your own refreshments).
-Tickets are $10 & $11 – $8 & $9 matinees (plus NC Sales Tax 7.25%)

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Where is the Studio-C Cinema?   Studio-C in the  Cornelius Art Center  19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, NC  28031 (in the historic Oak St. Mill Building) Plenty of free, lighted parking available.  MAP

Is there a membership fee?   No.  Every screening is open to the public until tickets are sold out.

Do I need a subscription?   No.  All tickets are sold individually for each screening.

What about refreshments?   Complementary beer and wine tastings and snacks are provided in part by our sponsors.  You may bring your own, except alcoholic beverages.

How do I buy tickets?   Our on-line tickets page accepts all credit cards.  To pay with check or cash, contact Robert Maier at 704-996-7724.  We also accept all forms of payment at the door.

How much are tickets?   Cornelius residents $10.00.  Others $11.00 (plus 7.25% NC sales tax).  A limited number of student rush tickets are $5.00.  Special events priced individually.  Discount packages of 10 tickets are available to Friends of Studio-C Cinema See Tickets page for specifics.

 Previous Films




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Davidson Wine Shop
F.Kernes Graphics
Fred Gregory
Bella Love
Rick Itsari Stevens
Ken McLaud
Ingrid Araya Russell
Tracy Grimm
Sheila Bennitt
Richard Bennitt
Howard & Cheryl Prince
Allyson Ray
Peter Krentz
Laurie McLeod