Become a Member

You can support the Downing Film Center by becoming a member or purchasing a gift membership. When you buy a ticket for a movie at the Downing, 35–50% of the purchase price goes to the movie’s distributor. In contrast, when you buy a membership, 100% of your membership fee goes to the Downing! Memberships enable us to bring you the small-box-office independent films that you love, films that rarely come to the local multiplexes. Your memberships also allow us to charge reasonable prices for concessions, which is where the multiplexes boost profits by charging huge markups.

Membership Levels and Benefits

  • Fan, $50 PER PERSON: Admission for $6, discounts at select special events, discounts at local businesses with your Downing membership card, and free admission to the Downing on your birthday
  • Dual Fans, $90 for 2 ADULTS at the same address: All benefits are the same as for Fans.
  • Senior Fan (62+), $40 PER PERSON: All benefits are the same as for Fans.
  • Dual Senior Fans (62+), $70 for 2 ADULTS at the same address: All benefits are the same as for Senior Fans.
  • Student Fan (under 22), $40 PER PERSON: All benefits are the same as for Fans.
  • Cameo, $150 PER PERSON: Fan benefits plus 3 free movie passes
  • Broadway, $250 PER PERSON: Fan benefits plus 5 free movie passes, and one free popcorn and drink per visit
  • Academy, $500 PER PERSON: Fan benefits plus 6 free movie passes, a Downing Film Center tee shirt, one free popcorn and drink per visit, bring one guest at member price, and name listed in our lobby
  • Downing, $1000 for 2 ADULTS at the same address: Fan benefits plus 8 free movie passes, 2 Downing Film Center tee shirts, two free popcorns and drinks per visit, bring two guests at member price, name(s) listed in DFC lobby, and free admission to all special events.

Memberships are not transferable. Because the Downing is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, your membership fee may be tax-deductible in total or in part.

To purchase a membership—either for yourself or as a gift—fill out our membership form and mail it to us, along with a check (payable to the Downing film Center) and a self-addressed stamped envelope. You can also email the form to us at and then pay online via PayPal (using a PayPal account or a credit card).

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Membership Rewards Program

Downing membership saves you money at a number of local businesses. Please note that you must show your membership card and that all discounts are subject to change. Please contact us if your business is interested in offering a discount to Downing members.