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.

View tickets for the full season below.

Strange Way of Life & The Human Voice

Pedro Almodovar
2023 | R | 61 Minutes
Atkins Auditorium
$13 Public | $10 Members


Friday, October 13 | 6 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 15 | 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
With Added Bonus Attraction: The Human Voice
Sony Pictures Classics presents Strange Way of Life, the new English-language short film by Pedro Almodóvar, starring Pedro Pascal and Ethan Hawke.  
This new short film from the acclaimed director chronicles the reunion of a sheriff and a rancher, 25 years after they were partnered as hired guns. Their initial celebration unravels when the sheriff reveals ulterior reasons for their reuniting. 

Strange Way of Life will be followed by The Human Voice, starring Tilda Swinton. Don’t miss your chance to see Almodóvar’s first English-language short on the big screen.


F.W. Murnau
1922 | NR | 65 Minutes
Atkins Auditorium
Film tickets: $16 Public | $13 Members
Reception Tickets: $52 Public | $45 Members

Friday, October 20
Pre-event reception: 6–7 p.m.
Screening: 7 p.m.

Pre-event reception includes two snack tickets, two drink tickets, one film ticket, and a chance to win 10 pairs of tickets to future Tivoli screenings. Costumes are encouraged!

In this highly influential silent horror film, real estate agent Thomas Hutter is sent to a remote Transylvanian castle to facilitate a deal with Count Orlok. The vampiric count is seeking to acquire property near Hutter’s home – and possibly sample his wife’s neck. 

The screening will be accompanied by a live score from organist Marvin Faulwell.

Force of Evil

Abraham Polonsky
1948 | TV-14 | 78 Minutes
Atkins Auditorium
$13 Public | $10 Members

Friday, November 10 | 7 p.m.
Sunday, November 12 | 2 p.m.

In this noir classic, unscrupulous New York City lawyer Joe angles for a partnership with Ben, a cutthroat gangster working the numbers racket. But when Joe’s brother refuses to involve his bank in the duo’s plan, Joe is forced to choose between money and blood.  

Force of Evil is screening in collaboration with Cities are for People, an exhibition of street photography in Gallery L11. 

Klimt and the Kiss

Ali Ray
2023 | NR | 90 Minutes
Atkins Auditorium
$13 Public | $10 Members

Friday, November 17 | 7 p.m.
Sunday, November 19 | 2 p.m.

The Kiss is one of the most recognizable and reproduced paintings in the world. Its artist, Gustav Klimt, was titan of the Art Nouveau movement who created decadent new worlds that merged tender sensibilities, ancient mythology, and radical modernity. In this new documentary, learn about the scandalous life and rich tapestry of influences behind one of the world’s favorite paintings. 

The Eight Mountains

Felix Van Groeningen & Vandermeersch
2022 | NR | 147 Minutes
Italian with English Subtitles
$13 Public | $10 Members
Friday, December 1 | 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 3 | 3 p.m.

Based on the best-selling novel by Paolo Cognetti, this epic journey follows 40 years of a friendship between two seemingly very different people – charting the events, time, and circumstances that often drive them apart. The Eight Mountains won the 2022 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize and made The Guardian’s 2023 Best Films list. 


Miracle on 34th Street

George Seaton
1947 | NR | 96 Minutes
Atkins Auditorium
$13 Public | $10 Members
Friday, December 15 | 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 17 | 2 p.m.

In this Christmas classic, an old man who calls himself Kris Kringle assumes the role of Santa Claus at the iconic Macy’s in midtown Manhattan. When Kringle begins to claim that he’s the real Santa Claus, it leads to a court case to determine his mental health and authenticity.  



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.

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