The Nelson-Atkins

Discover exceptional storytelling, new releases, documentaries, restored classics, foreign and art films at Tivoli.
Curated by Jerry Harrington, the Nelson-Atkins is honored to be the home of the beloved theater.


I, Claude Monet

Dir. Phil Grabsky
2017 | NR | 90 Minutes
$13 Public | $10 Members
Friday, Feb. 9 | 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 11 | 2 p.m.

Screening in conjunction with the featured exhibition Monet and His Modern Legacy. Friday intro by Aimee Marcereau DeGalan, Senior Curator, European Arts.

From Paris and Le Havre to London and Venice, filmmaker Phil Grabsky goes on a journey to profile Claude Monet as he uses 2,500 letters written by the celebrated artist to gain an intimate insight into his life.

2024 Oscar Nominated Short Films

Feb. 16-18, 23-25
$13 Public | $10 Members
Atkins Auditorium

NOTE: Not all films are suitable for minors 

Join us for the critically acclaimed selections that celebrate the art of short-form storytelling in Animation, Live Action, and Documentary from across the globe. Each day will feature full screenings of all nominated shorts across the three categories.
Our UniformYegane Moghaddam, 7 min., Iran (in Farsi)
Letter to a PigTal Kantor and Amit R. Gicelter, 17 min., France/Israel (in Hebrew)
PachydermStéphanie Clément and Marc Rius, 11 min., USA (in English)
Ninety-Five SensesJerusha Hess and Jared Hess, 13 min., USA (in English)
War is Over! Inspired by the Music of John & YokoDave Mullins and Brad Booker, 11 min., USA
*Additional films will be screened  

Live Action
The After Misan Harriman and Nicky Bentham, 18 min., UK (in English)
Red, White and Blue Nazrin Choudhury and Sara McFarlane, 23 min., USA (in English)
Knight of Fortune Lasse Lyskjær Noer and Christian Norlyk, 25 min., Denmark (in Swedish/Danish)
Invincible Vincent René-Lortie and Samuel Caron, 29 min., Canada (in French)
The Wonderful World of Henry Sugar Wes Anderson and Steven Rales, 37 min., US/UK (in English) 

Island In BetweenS. Leo Chiang and Jean Tsien, 20 min., Taiwan (in English/Mandarin)
Nǎi NaiandWài PóSean Wang and Sam Davis, 17 min., USA (in Mandarin)
The ABC’s of Book Banning – Sheila Nevins and Trish Adlesic, 27 min., USA (in English)
The Last Repair ShopBen Proudfoot and Kris Bowers, 39 min., USA (in English)
The Barber of Little RockJohn Hoffman and Christine Turner, 35 min., USA (in English) 


Dir. Wim Wenders
2023 | NR | 93 Minutes
German with English Subtitles | Shown in 2D
$13 Public | $10 Members
Friday, March 8 | 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 10 | 2 p.m.

In Anselm, Wim Wenders creates a portrait of Anselm Kiefer, one of the most innovative and important painters and sculptors of our time. The film presents a cinematic experience of the artist’s work which explores human existence and the cyclical nature of history, inspired by literature, poetry, philosophy, science, mythology and religion. For over two years, Wenders traced Kiefer’s path from his native Germany to his current home in France, connecting the stages of his life to the essential places of his career that spans more than five decades. 

Laurel and Hardy Collection

With Live Original Score | NR | 100 Minutes
$13 Public | $10 Members
Sunday, March 24 | 2 p.m.

Immerse yourself in Hollywood’s golden era with a newly restored collection of short films from the infamous slapstick duo. The screening will be accompanied by a live original score performed by local organist Marvin Faulwell.

Battle of the Century
Do Detective Think
The Second Hundred Years
Putting the Pants on Philip
Soup to Nuts

The Peasants

Dir. Hugh Welchman & Dorota Kobiela
2023 | R | 114 Minutes
Polish with English Subtitles
$13 Public | $10 Members
Friday, April 5 | 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 6 | 2 p.m.

Sunday, April 7 | 2 p.m.

The Peasants is a tragic story of a peasant girl forced to marry a much older, wealthy farmer, despite her love for his son. With time, the girl becomes the object of envy and hate of the villagers and has to fight to preserve her independence. Set in the Polish countryside on the cusp of the 20th century, the story’s dramatic turns tie into the changing seasons, hard labor in the fields, and traditional local holidays.

From the animation studio that brought you the Oscar-nominated Loving Vincent and based on the Noble Prize-winning novel by Wladyslaw Raymont.

Niki de Saint Phalle, Who is the Monster… You or Me?

Dir. Peter Schamoni
1996 | NR | 97 Minutes
$13 Public | $10 Members
Sunday, April 28 | 2 p.m.
Sunday, May 5 | 2 p.m.

Note: This documentary contains scenes with nudity. 

In the sixties, artist Niki de Saint Phalle’s career started with a bang – her bullet-riddled “Shooting Paintings” captivated the art world. Her “Nana” sculptures went on to be iconic symbols of female empowerment. Niki de Saint Phalle, Who is the Monster … You or Me? paints a suitably idiosyncratic portrait of the artist, a personality as ripe for camera scrutiny as her colorful, often outrageous artwork.
Screening in conjunction with the exhibition Niki de Saint Phalle: Rebellion and Joy.

Beauty and the Beast (1946 Film)

Dir. Jean Cocteau
1946 | NR | 95 Minutes
French with English Subtitles
$13 Public | $10 Members
Sunday, May 12 | 7 p.m.

Experience Jean Cocteau’s landmark adaptation of the timeless fantasy – the story of a gentle-hearted beast in love with a simple and beautiful girl. She is drawn to the repellent but strangely fascinating Beast, who tests her fidelity by giving her a key, telling her that if she doesn’t return it to him by a specific time, he will die of grief. She is unable to return the key on time, but it is revealed that the Beast is the genuinely handsome one. A simple tale of tragic love that turns into a surreal vision of death, desire, and beauty.

They Shot the Piano Player

Dir. Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal
2022 | PG-13 | 103 Minutes
$13 Public | $10 Members
Friday, May 17 | 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 19 | 2 p.m.

In this vibrant animated film, music journalist Jeff Harris sets out to uncover the truth about Francisco Tenório Júnior, a young Brazilian samba-jazz pianist who disappeared in Buenos Aires on March 18, 1976. Part love letter to bossa nova music and part chronicle of the political state of Latin America in the 1970s, They Shot the Piano Player is a magical blend of gritty realism and musical bliss.



Shortly after The Tivoli theater closed its doors in Westport, former theater owner Jerry Harrington approached the Nelson-Atkins with an innovative idea. With a little work, the museum’s beautiful and historic Atkins Auditorium could transform into an arthouse theater and become the new home for Tivoli Cinemas. Jerry himself would lend his film and audience expertise and curate a compelling programming plan.

Thanks to the visionary leadership of The Sunderland Foundation, Shirley and Barnett C. Helzberg, Jr., Neil D. Karbank, Estelle and Morton Sosland, G. Kenneth and Ann Baum, Evelyn Craft Belger and Dick Belger, Robert & Phyliss Bernstein Family Foundation, Donald J. Hall, Sara and Bill Morgan, and Mark and Lynne O’Connell Tivoli at the Nelson-Atkins was created.

Tivoli Under the Stars–2024 Season begins June 7

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