Sneak Previews


Talk Cinema, Inc., co-founded in 1992 by Harlan and Susan Jacobson, is the nation’s most inclusive and longest running sneak preview and discussion program.  Talk Cinema’s audiences get to be among the first to see a new movie and discuss with special guests – seeing films the way critics and industry insiders get to do at film festivals.

Talk Cinema offers a curated series of surprises.  The films included in the program may be an indie comedy, a provocative documentary, a foreign language Oscar-nominee or the next breakout mainstream hit.  Screenings are introduced and followed by moderated conversations hosted by Harlan Jacobson and other film critics and engaging guests.

Over the years, previews have included such legendary break outs as The Crying Game and Pulp Fiction to Fargo, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Being John Malkovich, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Slumdog Millionaire, Borat, Blue is the Warmest Color, Once, The Lives of Others, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Kite Runner, Secrets & Lies, Wag the Dog, The Ice Storm, LA Confidential, The Big Lebowski, The Apostle, Memento, Cider House Rules, Erin Brockovich, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Billy Elliott, Silver Linings Playbook, and 20 Feet From Stardom.  For the recently screened titles, see our individual locations pages.

TALK CINEMA screenings are "sneaks," meaning the title is not divulged until you arrive. People come without knowing what they will see, trusting it will be worth discussing, and like seeing new films first.   

Currently we are offering Talk Cinema previews in Bryn Mawr, Louisville, and New York.



I hate surprises. Some of the most ardent among you want to read up on the preview prior to the screening.  Watch for hints or email 24 hours prior to show time if you don’t want to be surprised. 

Postponements Should Mother Nature send us something incredibly inclement, or there’s a technical problem at the theater, or any other massive disruption out of our control occurs, Talk Cinema will reschedule the screening for a future date. 

Security Very seldom, but it has happened, a film distributor will have security personnel on hand to protect against piracy; security procedures commonly include night-vision technology and bag searches to assure no recording devices are brought into the auditorium.  We know you aren’t there to steal anything – but if and when security personnel are brought in, please know we have done everything in our power to assure the film company we are old hippies come to see a movie – sometimes we lose this fight.

Got children? If you are concerned about the subject matter of a film before dragooning a teenager to get some culture, be in touch a few days prior.