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 speakers.

To give you an idea of where we’ve been and how far we’ve come … 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 "blind," meaning the title is not divulged until you arrive. People come without knowing what they will see, trusting it will be worth discussing, and who enjoy the surprise element.  Of course for those with subject sensitivities, contact a few days prior for the title. 

In 2020, you may Talk Cinema in Bryn Mawr, Highland Park, LouisvilleMinneapolis, New York's Roxy Cinema Tribeca, Philadelphia, and Scottsdale.



Subscriptions Matter – Support Your Cinema Series!
A season subscription is essential to ensure the viability of Talk Cinema in your community. Please support the series you love by subscribing.   If you can’t make a screening, we encourage you to send someone in your place.

Send your bestie in your place
Out of town? Share the love … no hard ticket needed. Email and we’ll take care of getting your friend checked in as you. 2 points for sharing.

No way to subscribe -- general admission tickets
As space permits, which it mostly does, general admission tickets may be purchased from our event coordinator the day of the screening. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of the show.

The element of surprise is a turn off
Even the most dedicated movie lovers can get a button pushed … email 24 hours prior to show time if you don’t want to be surprised.

Pro-rated subscriptions
We like to think your universe revolves around the Talk Cinema schedule, but … we’re flexible. Pro-rated subscriptions are available on line or call us at Talk Cinema 800-551-9221.

Subscription refunds
Life happens.  In the event of a personal emergency that prohibits you from using or sharing the balance of your season subscription, contact us.  We’ll find a solution.

Should Beloved Mother Nature send us something incredibly inclement, or there’s a film print failure, or any other massive disruption out of our control occurs, Talk Cinema will reschedule the screening for a future date.  For season subscribers, in the event you cannot attend the rescheduled date, we’ll send you a guest pass allowing you to bring a friend to a future screening.

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?
Please email  if you are concerned about the content of a film before dragooning a teenager to get some culture.


Talk Cinema audiences experience the fun of cinema immersion attending international film festivals hosted by Harlan and Susan Jacobson.  In the coming months, Talk Cinema Travels to Tribeca, San Sebastian, Reykjavik, Havana and Santa Barbara.  For more information email or give Susan Jacobson a ring at  914-589-7553.