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Ticket Prices

Adults, $10
Military and students, $9
Seniors (62+), $8
Children, $7
Downing members (with member card), $6

Tickets can be purchased at the theater box office or here on our website. Patrons must now select seats when purchasing a ticket.


The Duke

Rated R | 1h 36m | In English | Biography/Comedy/Drama Directed by Roger Michell | Watch Trailer Here

In 1961, Kempton Bunton, a 60-year old taxi driver, stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. It was the first (and remains the only) theft in the gallery’s history. Kempton sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government invested more in care for the elderly—he had long campaigned for pensioners to receive free television. What happened next became the stuff of legend. Only 50 years later did the full story emerge—Kempton had spun a web of lies. The only truth was that he was a good man, determined to change the world and save his marriage—how and why he used the Duke to achieve that is a wonderfully uplifting tale.

—Sony Picture Classics

A lively and engaging account of the unusual 1961 theft of Francisco Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from London’s National Gallery and the eccentric do-gooder at the center of it all.

—Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

A perfectly nimble, kind-hearted bit of teatime entertainment – ideally tailored to Jim Broadbent in one of his most appealing big-screen roles.

—Guy Lodge, Variety


Held Over – Now Through Thu, May 19

FRI 7:15, SAT 4:45 7:15, SUN 1:30, THU 1:30


Regular Screenings Begin on Friday, May 20!

SUN, MAY 15 & MON, MAY 16


Napoleon: In the Name of Art

Not Rated | 1h 30m | Documentary | In English | Watch trailer here

Host Jeremy Irons brings audiences on a tour for a look at Napoleon’s imperial iconography and architectural style and to reflect on the relationship between power and art.

—By Experience

A unique tour from Brera Academy in Milan to the Louvre in Paris in the company of the best art historian experts and Jeremy Irons, who passes his fascination to the viewers.


Sunday, May 15, at 4:15
Monday, May 16, at 1:30 and 7:15

COVID Protocols

Updated: 3/25/2022

* Proof of vaccination is no longer required.

* Masks are no longer required but are encouraged.

* All Downing Film Center employees have been vaccinated and have received booster shots.

* 100% of our seating is on sale.

* Tickets will continue to be reserved seating, online and at the box office.

* Our air filtration machines and increased attention to cleanliness will, of course, remain in place.

* We suggest that you arrive at least 20 minutes before showtime to avoid lines and delays.

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Who Are We

The Downing Film Center is 501(c)(3) member-supported nonprofit arts organization dedicated to presenting quality films, not always available locally, and providing cinematic programming from around the world in collaboration with and for the benefit of the Hudson Valley’s diverse communities. The Downing is a free-speech theater that neither censors nor endorses.

Where Are We

The Downing is located at 19 Front Street in Newburgh, New York, on the bottom floor of the former Yellow Bird Gallery building. Our entrance is directly across Front Street from Billy Joe’s Ribworks. Free parking is available in the Newburgh–Beacon Ferry lot, on Water Street, and in the lot behind the theater (access via Carpenter Street). On weekdays, you may find a spot on Front Street.


When you purchase a ticket at the box office or an advance ticket online, you must select a seat. The Downing has only 56 seats, so please purchase an advance ticket if you have strong preferences regarding seating. The screening room opens 30 minutes before showtime. You may not save seats for members of your party who have not yet purchased a ticket. 


The Downing Film Center is handicapped accessible. If you need our lift and elevator, please let us know in advance. We also ask that you arrive 35–40 minutes before showtime so that we can assist you before the theater gets busy.

We also have assistive listening technology (headphones and closed captioning glasses). Please see our FAQ for details.