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cinéSARNIA  is a not-for-profit charitable volunteer group dedicated to bringing quality Canadian and international films to the city of Sarnia.  The organization operates in conjunction with the "Film Circuit", part of the Toronto International Film Festival Group.  The "Film Circuit", which is based in Toronto, is in partnership with distributors to assemble a list of films twice a year from which the associated groups select their programmes. Currently, it consists of approximately 100 communities across Canada, of which 45 are in Ontario.

George Allen - 1935-2020

In Memoriam: George Allan - 1935-2020

Sarnia lost a community champion with the recent passing of George Allan. He was an accomplished gentleman and significant in his legacy is his role as one of the founders of cineSARNIA 26 years ago. A donation to Sarnia Community Foundations has been made by cineSARNIA in memory of George and in appreciation of his vision. A live virtual memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 6, at 11:00 am.  Please click on the links below for details:

Virtual Memorial via Zoom for George Allan - June 6

Sarnia Observer obituary


cinéSARNIA has for now cancelled the planned 2020-2021 season.

Greetings from the cineSARNIA Committee,


At our recent Annual General Meeting , the cineSARNIA board made the difficult decision to cancel its planned program for the 2020-2021 season.  The current situation is ever evolving, and when safety and circumstances permit, we anticipate a return to planning screenings at the library.


Stay tuned to our website and Twitter to follow updates and other posts of interest.


If you are a current subscriber, please check your email for further information.


Rest assured that we will return when we can.  We look forward to presenting films again and wish everyone wellness and happiness.


Thank you,


The cineSARNIA Committee

dated May 23, 2020

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A chance to see Sami's documentary again - with Sami in a Q&A

The "Forest City Film Festival" Film Club in London has invited Sami to present his documentary "St. Louis Superman" on March 4 at the Wolf Performance Hall at the Central Library, on Dundas St., London.  Showtime starts at 6:30.  Following the screening, Sami will do a Q&A.  Then at 7:30, they also will be showing another film "Menteur".  Tickets are $14, or $10 for students and seniors.

Go to the following link for details:

So if you know someone that missed seeing Sami's Oscar nominated film, here is another chance.

dated February 23, 2020


 Sarnia goes to the Academy Awards

Anne and Rauf Khan, parents of film director Sami Khan, hosted a Night at the Oscars gala at the Sarnia Golf and Curling Club on Oscars night.  We all hoped that Sami's short documentary "St. Louis Superman" would be selected for that golden statue.  Although it was not to be, we all had a wonderful />
Click here to read Paul Morton's Sarnia Observer article on the event.
Other links: Huffington Post, Video Q&A of the Directors, Toronto Star

dated February 11, 2020

Sami at the Oscars

Sami Khan (R) on the Academy Awards Red Carpet on Sunday, February 9.

Rauf and Anne Khan

Rauf and Anne Khan at the Sarnia Golf and Curling Club watching the telecast with a large group of film supporters, cheering on their son.



CineSarnia Scholarship winner has just been nominated for an Academy Award!

This past fall, we had the privilege of having Sami Khan come to our series to present his latest documentary "St. Louis Superman".  Well we just heard that this documentary has just been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Documentary.

Click here for an audio interview on CBC Radio's Metro Morning with Sami Khan after the nominations were announced.

Also click here for the Sarnia Observer article.

dated January 10, 2020


Sami Khan at screening for St. Louis Superman at cineSarnia            SLS-Poster

Sami Khan at cineSarnia

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A very limited number of Rush seats are available each night.
Our main door opens at 6:30 pm for you to line up
and we admit Rush patrons at 7:15
as the remaining seats are still available.
See details below.

Winter 2020 Series





6 January 12 & 13 Luce
7 January 26 & 27 And The Birds Rained Down
8 February 23 & 24 Sometimes, Always, Never
9 March 8 & 9 Parasite
2020 Best Picture Winner at Academy Awards!
Special Matinee on Sunday 2:00 pm,
plus regular showings at 7:30 pm both nights

10 March 22 & 23 Song of Names
10 April 5 & 6 La Belle Epoque
Special Matinee on Sunday 2:00 pm,
plus regular showings at 7:30 pm both nights


The Book Keeper is our 2019-2020 season sponsor.
Please visit them in the Northgate Plaza.

Check out their website at

Rush seats for all the films are available at the door on the night of the show, if you are not a subscriber.  When you arrive at the theatre, join the RUSH LINE.   But please come early to have a better chance of admission.  Sellouts are starting to become more frequent.  At 7:15 pm, we will start selling seats as they are available. The cost of a rush ticket is $10, cash only.


Our 2020-2021 season has been cancelled.

Unfortunately we are no longer accepting subscriptions for the 2020-2021 SEASON.  We have had to cancel the season at this time, due to the uncertain logistics dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Watch here for more details.




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