Tickets for screenings are available 30 minutes before show time at the cinematheque on the lower level of the Carpenter Center. Tickets may also be purchased in advance online via links on the individual film pages or directly through the HFA Eventive site. A separate admission fee is charged for each screening. For Special Event Screenings, HFA members have access to early ticket sales. Any questions regarding admission or reservations, please contact Alexandra Vasile or Sidney Dritz. For immediate assistance, call 617.496.3211.


$10 - Regular admission 
$8 - Non-Harvard students, Harvard ID holders and senior citizens
$15 - Special Event ticket price for all patrons

Regularly priced HFA screenings are free for all Harvard students with a valid photo ID, as well as AFVS and CCVA faculty and staff. Discounts apply for Harvard Film Archive Members.

In the case of sold out shows, the box office releases any unclaimed tickets ten minutes before showtime.

No late seating. 


The Harvard Film Archive can be entered via the accessible main entrance of the Carpenter Center. For those who cannot take the stairs, please use the elevator located beyond the double doors on the right side of the gallery and to the right of the loading dock. A wheelchair is available for use by patrons by request on the first floor near the security desk. Three hearing assisted headsets are also available for audience use. Currently, the HFA cannot support closed captioning or descriptive audio.

If you have questions about accessibility at the Harvard Film Archive, or if you would like to speak to an HFA staff member about accessibility needs prior to an event, please email Alexandra Vasile or Sidney Dritz. While advance communication is certainly not required, it may help us be better prepared to offer the best experience possible.


Masks are encouraged for all visitors at all times indoors, with the exception of those two years old or younger. Masks are available at the box office for those who need them. Proof of vaccination is no longer required.

All visitors are asked to practice preventive hygiene and urged not to attend events if feeling ill or exhibiting Covid symptoms.

The HFA policy forbidding eating and drinking in the theater remains in place.


The Carpenter Center’s air filtration system has been upgraded with Merv 13 filters and the staff have implemented enhanced and more frequent cleaning and sanitizing of high-touch surfaces and restrooms.