Modesto Film Society

The State Theatre in 2016 launched its own membership program which now also encompasses The Modesto Film Society (MFS).  The monthly screenings are dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of films of exceptional quality and significance, all of which are open to members at either no charge, or at a deeply discounted admission price, depending on the level at which they joined.  Most of the 12 to 13 films shown during the year were released in the 1930s through the '90s, and all are either beloved and respected classics, or more contemporary films destined to become classics. Films are often of particular note in terms of direction, cinematography or their contribution to a certain film genre. The films are shown on the third Sunday afternoon of the month, and all replicate the film-going experience of a bygone era. Members often attend dressed in costumes in keeping with the film's theme or characters, participate in trivia contests and take part in drawings. There are often surprises such as a curator, newsreels from the ‘30s and ‘40s, an organ concert or even a special, themed cocktail in keeping with the storyline in the film.

MFS classic films are just one more reason why joining The State's membership program is a great idea, not to mention the parties, free popcorn and movie admissions, members-only screenings and so many more perks too numerous to mention. Plus, becoming a member means supporting the nonprofit State Theatre and helping to ensure its financial stability now and for years to come.

Click here for a list of past MFS screenings


"I'm thrilled to be a member of Modesto Film Society. I love the old movies and watch Turner Classic Movies as often as possible. I've enjoyed old movies since I was a young girl. Whomever initiated MFS, my hat is off to that person. What a grand idea. All the old movies I've enjoyed all these years, (and now) I have the greatest pleasure to see them on the Big Screen as they were first meant to be seen. I get ecstatic when I'm in my seat, the lights are lowered and I see a movie I've watched on television for years. But, now I get the experience of what it was to see the great films and stars as they were meant to be seen -- in the theater!"
-- Sharon Bastian, MFS member

"Thank you for making my 10th birthday so special. We all loved the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's! Thank you so very, very much for the Breakfast at Tiffany's poster. It's hanging in my room."
-- Margaret Peterson