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Welcome to Aurora Picture Show

Aurora Picture Show is a non-profit media arts center that presents artist-made, non-commercial film and video.  We are dedicated to expanding the cinematic experience and promoting the understanding and appreciation of moving image art. 

Founded in 1998 by Andrea Grover, the first home for Aurora was in a former church building on Aurora Street in the Heights where Grover and her family both lived and worked in the original microcinema.  When Grover retired her home as a screening space in 2007, Aurora re-located the offices and Aurora Video Library near The Menil Collection, and until 2012 Aurora screenings and events were nomadic travelling all over the City of Houston.  In June 2012, Aurora relocated to a new location in the Rice/Kirby area which houses the administrative offices, video library, education space and screenings in one location for the first time in the history of the organization.  While this is the home base for the organization, Aurora remains dedicated to collaborative partnerships and site-specific events in unique settings and alternative art spaces.

Aurora has distinguished itself as a home for vanguard work that falls outside of conventional moviemaking and traditionally has fewer exhibition outlets. Our screenings are known for being memorable and not-to-be-missed as they are not often repeated and are difficult to duplicate.  We hope that you will consider becoming a member and joining us for a screening soon! 

A little more about Aurora Picture Show: 

  • Screenings
    Please see our calendar section for upcoming screenings. We screen within the following programming tracts: Art, Live Cinema, New Media, Historical Works, Popcorn Kids and Juried Competitions/Festivals.
  • Admission
    Aurora strives to keep our screenings affordable and accessible to a wide audience. There are also special screenings and events throughout the year that are free. We recommend becoming a member which guarantees free admission to regular screenings and discounted admission to special events.  Please see our Membership section for more information.
  • Aurora Media Arts Center
    The Aurora offices, screening space and video library are located at 2442 Bartlett Street in Houston in the Rice/Kirby area. We are open Monday through Friday from 10AM to 6PM, but strongly encourage visitors to make an appointment to view the library. Call 713.868.2101 or email us at to schedule an appointment.
  • Aurora Video Library
    The Aurora Video Library includes over 800 titles available for viewing on a non-circulating basis.
  • Aurora Video Label
    Aurora is proud to provide a distribution outlet for media art by releasing select short film and video programs by emerging artists on the Aurora DVD Label. Each DVD title comes with a commissioned essay by some of the most important film writers, critics, and curators of today.  
  • Aurora Award
    The Aurora Award is an annual honor presented to a pioneer in the field of film, video, or new media. 
  • Education, Outreach, and our Community
    Aurora is a proud collaborator with many Houston organizations and educational institutions. We also are committed to expanding the opportunities for understanding moving image art. Our internship program, video library, and educational lectures and workshops help increase appreciation and introduce new voices and artistic methods to future filmmakers and current film enthusiasts.  

©2018, Aurora Picture Show