Modesto Film Society Classics & Cinema Club
The State Theatre is home to The Modesto Film Society (MFS), an organization dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of films of exceptional quality and significance. During its 10-month season, members are invited to attend 20 films -- 10 of which are classics, often released in the 1930s through the '70s, or in the decades prior, and 10 of which may be contemporary and destined to become classics. Cinema Club selections may also be older films that are of particular note in terms of direction, cinematography or their contribution to a certain film genre. The 2014/2015 season opens on July 27 with Casablanca, and MFS's own rendition of Rick's Cafe Americain.
Membership benefits are many, including deeply discounted or free admissions, depending on the level at which members join. In addition to the films shown during the MFS season, which runs July through May, members are invited to several special film events and receptions. They also receive regular updates on what's screening at The State, and postcards reminding them what's Coming Soon for the next month's MFS screenings.
The MFS Season
The Film Society presents its classic films on the third Sunday afternoon of the month, and its contemporary, Cinema Club series on the fourth Sunday of the month. On the third Sundays, members see classic cinema that replicates 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. On the fourth Sundays, members view films that may never be seen on the Big Screen.
Members join for a season which runs from July through May of the following year. MFS does not usually screen films in June unless there's a special member-appreciation event scheduled. Founded in 2005, The Modesto Film Society now boasts a membership of several hundred avid film-goers who support the exhibition and preservation of classic film and classic film presentation.
Among the classic films members have enjoyed in the past are Casablanca, Gone With The Wind, Breakfast at Tiffany's, North by Northwest, From Here to Eternity, Singing in The Rain, The Wizard of Oz and The Sound of Music. Cinema Club screenings have included Vertigo, Cinema Paradiso, Chinatown, Seven Samurai, The Conversation, The Last Picture Show, Bonnie and Clyde and Annie Hall, as well as documentaries and more current foreign and independent films. A complete list of the films screened in both series can be found by clicking on the links below:
We invite you to join us soon!
Click here for a printable brochure to join or renew
Click here for a complete list of MFS classics screenings
Click here for a complete list of Cinema Club screenings
Click here for a printable schedule
Membership Levels & Packages
Your $30 membership entitles you to pay only $5 per film, a $3 discount per screening (and a savings of $50).
Film - as you like it! Attend all of the 20 films screening this season - at no charge! ( A savings of more than $100)
Movie Mogul $250
A movie-lovers dream come true! Two free admissions to 20 films. That's two cinematic jewels - one contemporary and one classic - shown 10 months out of the year. This supporting-level membership also receives recognition in programs and on all promotional materials.
Curtain Club $2,500
- Acknowledgement for you and your business in donor recognition materials
- Mogul Membership in Modesto Film Society- sponsored films
- Free admissions for two to all regularly scheduled State Theatre - and Modesto Film Society - sponsored films
- 10 guest tickets for any regularly scheduled State Theatre- and Modesto Film Society - sponsored films
- Immediate access and entry to al State Theatre and Modesto Film Society - sponsored films - no lines!
Testimonials"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