Rice Cinema

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In the early 1970s, Andy Warhol premiered his violent Lonesome Cowboys here after planting a tree on the Rice University campus with local arts patron Dominique de Menil. Martin Scorcese and Milos Forman have screened films here, as did a promising young director named George Lucas. The '80s brought a brilliant but spaced out Dennis Hopper who refused to speak on stage and addressed the audience from behind a curtain and the controversial Sam Peckinpah made the last public appearance in his life at Rice Cinema. Isabella Rossellini participated in a retrospective of her father Roberto Rossellini's work here while he directed a film on campus about the work of Rice scientists. In 1991, Spike Lee and his whole family rolled up in a limousine to sneak-preview Do the Right Thing and afterwards Lee led an emotionally charged discussion with the sellout crowd. And that’s just the short list. Provocative, experimental, and edgy, there are screenings of art at 24 frames per second at Rice Cinema almost every weekend during the academic year at Rice University.


6100 Main St.
Houston, TX 77005


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