Indie Memphis Cinema Is Coming to Studio on the Square


Beginning in early 2020, Malco and Indie Memphis are collaborating to bring an Arthouse style experience to the Studio on the Square. Indie Memphis Cinema will operate one screen year-round, seven days a week, screening films afternoon and evening alongside the mainstream movies playing on the other four screens at Studio on the Square. The films will be consistent with Indie Memphis programming, independent releases not usually distributed in the Memphis market theatrically, expanding the “Indie Memphis Nights” film series of single screenings into full weeks of theatrical distribution as well as more single film series screenings. Multiple films will be screened on the single screen each week, offering attendees various options of critically acclaimed titles including documentary, foreign, classic, and independent films that premiere at prestigious festivals such as Sundance and Cannes. Film tickets and memberships will be available through and accessible via

Along with the Indie Memphis Cinema, the Studio on the Square will continue to undergo renovations and upgrades. Malco has recently added a Cinema Grill kitchen, and a new bar combined with an enclosed patio is forthcoming. All auditoriums are being upgraded to larger seats, along with additional sight and sound technologies.

“We are pleased to be partnering with Indie Memphis on a program that will allow them year round use of one of the five screens at the Studio for specialized programming,” said David Tashie, Malco President & COO. “This will also help promote the very popular and growing Indie Memphis Film Festival.” 

The arrangement does not preclude Malco from entertaining other festivals in the area.

“Our audience is always asking for more Indie Memphis screenings and we have long hoped to operate in a space year round.” said Ryan Watt, Executive Director of Indie Memphis. “Over the past year we have participated in the ArtSpace Immersion Cohort and over 1,000 of our attendees completed a detailed survey expressing their desire for a full year-round Cinema space. Malco has been an incredible partner for our festival and film series for many years, the opportunity to open the Indie Memphis Cinema space in Studio on the Square is a dream partnership for us.”

The 2019 Indie Memphis Film Festival presented by Duncan Williams, Inc. continues with encore screenings Nov 5, 6, 7 at Malco Powerhouse and Malco Ridgeway Cinema Grill. The 2020 festival dates have been announced for October 21 – 29, 2020.

The Indie Memphis Nights weekly film series presented by Orion continues next week with screenings rotating at Malco Studio on the Square, Malco Powerhouse, and Malco Ridgeway Cinema Grill until the Indie Memphis Cinema at Studio on the Square officially opens in 2020. 

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