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! 


  • Screenings and Events
    Aurora's artistic programming includes screenings, film festivals, live cinema performances, and installations held at our own venue as well as various spaces around the city. Our programming often features guest artists and curators, and we frequently present programs in partnership with Houston museums, arts organizations, and independent businesses. Admission to most screenings and events is $10 or free for members. See our calendar for upcoming programs. 
  • Artist Resources
    Aurora members not only receive free admission to screenings and events, but also have access to Aurora's extensive video library of over 1000 titles, as well as its knowlegeable staff of artists and arts organizers. The Aurora Video Library is non-circulating, but can be viewed at our comfortable facilities by appointment. We also offer curated presentations of works from the video library for college and university classes, arranged in advance. Aurora is occasionally able to offer rental of facilities and equipment, as well. If you're an artist, student, or educator and interested in any of these resources, please contact our staff at 713.868.2101 or aurora@aurorapictureshow.org for more information.
  • Education & Community Outreach
    Throughout the year, Aurora presents hands-on filmmaking workshops and special screenings for children, teenagers, and young adults. We're proud of our creative collaborations with kids at Houston elementary, middle, and high schools, community centers, and hospitals, as well as our own series of summer youth filmmaking camps. Aurora also gives talks and presentations for college-level classes. We beleive in the importance of creative play, critical thinking, and technological exploration, and in building Houston's cultural future.
  • Aurora Award
    The Aurora Award is an annual honor presented to a pioneer in the field of film, video, or new media. 

For a brief history of Aurora Picture Show, click HERE
Aurora Picture Show
2442 Bartlett St.
Houston, TX  77098
Tel: 713-868-2101