The Bell Auditorium is the nations first and only dedicated non-fiction film screen. Formerly home to the University Film Society, The Bell Auditorium has been a pioneer in film exhibition both locally and nationally for 43 years.
Since its inception, the Bell Auditorium has hosted many directors and film scholars including Robert Altman, Jean-Luc Godard, Roberto Rosellini, Max von Sydow, Pauline Kael, Marcel Ophuls, Benoit Jacquot and countless others.
More recently, the Bell Auditorium has screened a month
long activist film series, a retrospective of the works
of Jean Rouch, a New Jewish cinema program, and showcases
such as Search
and Rescue, a weekly collection of discarded
ephemera from the University of Minnesota Film Archive.
The Bell Auditorium operates nightly with the mission of
bringing the best in non-fiction cinema to the Twin Cities.
The Bell Auditorium is located at 10 Church Street at the intersection of 17th and University Ave. S.E. on the University of MN East Bank campus in the Bell Museum of Natural History. The Bell Auditorium is open to the public nightly.