About The Olympia Film Society
The Olympia Film Society (OFS) was formed in 1980 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3). Its mission is “to enliven and enrich our community by presenting and fostering the development of independent and underrepresented film, music and allied arts.” OFS began leasing the Capitol Theater in1990 and purchased the Capitol Theater in 2008. The 770-seat-theater, built in 1924 and an Olympia landmark, has been in continuoususe as a theater. In the minds of many patrons, the Capitol Theater is an inextricably part of OFS’ identity.
To enliven and enrich our community by presenting and fostering the development of independent and under represented film, music and allied arts.
We envision OFS with a stable home and a solid base of operations, which enable us to carryout our mission as a premier arts presenter to a growing and diverse membership.
Olympia Film Society Programming
Weekly Film Series
OFS presents the best award-winning, international, and independent films. Additional special, one-time-only screenings are also presented, featuring question-and-answer sessions with visiting filmmakers and mixed-media performance artists.
Members are invited to provide film programming suggestions by leaving ideas in the suggestion box in the theater lobby and by attending Film Programming Meetings. Programming Meetings are held in the MIXX 96 Meeting room at 119 Washington Street NE. Specific meeting dates and times are available on the calendar and in the Quarterly Newsletter. For more information, please contact Helen Thornton, Film Programmer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 754-6670.
Annual Olympia Film Festival
Since 1983, OFS has hosted the annual Olympia Film Festival, a ten-day around-the-clock extravaganza of films, filmmakers and film-related guests, special performances, discussion panels, and educational workshops. While the festival is well known and respected throughout the film world, the effort that goes into making it happen is completely local, from the many hours and days put in by our dedicated volunteers to the generous support of local businesses. The festival attracts between 5,000 and 7,000 attendees each year.
Live Music and Special Events
As part of our mission to provide new opportunities for the community to engage with the arts, OFS is committed to bringing live music and performance art to the South Sound. We seek out musical performers and performance artists of all stripes to reflect the diverse cultural interests of our membership and our audience. If you are interested in renting the Capitol Theater for your next concert, special event, or private use, visit our booking/rental page for rates and availability contact Audrey Henley at email@example.com
Art in the Mezzanine
Art in the Mezzanine, curated by artists from around the Olympia area, provides a space for local visual artists to present their work in the mezzanine, alcoves and halls of the Capitol Theater. The art gallery also supports local artist by producing arts and craft fairs at the theater, including the Annual Spring Arts Walk Arts and Crafts Fair and Duck the Malls. To learn more contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Olympia Film Society extends its support to local, community-based non-profit organizations by occasionally offering the use of our venue for a reduced rate so that those organizations can utilize the facility for fundraising events. If you are interested in holding a benefit screening for your organization, please contact Helen Thornton at email@example.com or 754-6670.