Permanently Closed


As the screen darkens at the Downing Film Center, we would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to all who have reached out to us in so many ways (cards, notes, calls, visits, social media, etc.) to express their support and admiration for our unique little film center. Your kind messages have been gratifying and humbling as they expressed the impact of our atmosphere, films, employees (and yes, popcorn) on so many of you.

As we close our doors for the last time, we hope that you know how much each and every one of you has meant to us as well. We feel privileged to have been a part of your movie-going experiences and we hope that you continue to seek out wonderful films that will enrich your lives.

Thank you from all of us here at the Downing!

Downing Film Center Set to Close After Almost 17-Year Run on the Newburgh Waterfront

Since July 2006, the Downing Film Center has provided quality film programming and worked with community groups to enhance their programs through film. For two retired teachers, Brian and Sharon Burke, it has been a dream come true.

Loyal patrons have supported us from the beginning and were crucial to our memorable fundraising effort in 2012 (Drive to Digital) and during the Covid-19 pandemic.  We are fortunate to have made so many friends through a shared passion for cinema and to have enjoyed such extraordinary support through the years from our devoted employees, generous volunteers, donors, members, and fans.

Regrettably, changes of all kinds brought about through the passage of time have now made our operational model unsustainable.  We will be turning our projector off and closing our doors for the last time at the conclusion of our showings on Thursday, April 27, 2023. We wish all of our friends the enjoyment of quality films in the future and wonderful venues in which to experience them. We are grateful to have been part of your lives.

Any fans who have purchased memberships from January 1, 2023, through our closing date will be able to request a refund if they wish to do so.  Please send your request with your name and email address to us at


Arthouse Cinemas in the Hudson Valley

Please take advantage of this thorough document listing arthouse cinemas in the Hudson Valley. This information was prepared by our theater manager, Bill Zuk. Click here to read this valuable information.