The Appell Center has kicked off a new, monthly Black Film Series – a course of films that celebrate the culture of the African-American and Black communities. By partnering with local African-American and Black community leaders, the Appell Center aims for the Black Film Series to entertain, educate and bring together diverse groups of moviegoers. The series kicked-off in March with a double-feature of The Wiz and Dreamgirls, and continues each month with classics including Love and Basketball, Claudine, Southside with You, and a special Free First Friday Family Film screening of Akeelah and the Bee. Special thanks go to presenting sponsor M&T Bank, and the Cultural Alliance of York County for naming the Black Film Series a recipient of a 2019 Creative Impact Grant Award.


Why a Black Film Series in York?

York has not yet had a series that regularly showcases historical works and stories of Black and African-American filmmakers and actors. The Appell Center aspires to showcase a wider range of Black films. It aims to make the Black community feel more welcome and expose the non-Black community to more diverse perspectives.

Why now?

The Black Film Series – along with a new Spanish Language Film Series – is the result of various factors coming together: an Appell Center commitment to invite and welcome all audiences, a renovated Capitol Theatre seeking to diversify its programming, and an interest from the Black and African-American communities to build a film series in York.

Why the name: “Black” Film Series?

After a significant conversation with our volunteer coalition, conclusions were that African-American only described a portion of the target audience. The Black Film Series aims to showcase films about American experiences and others as well, celebrating their cultures and communities.


All tickets $5! Students with ID and kids under 12 accompanied by an adult are FREE!

Tickets available in advance online at and via box office at 717-846-1111 or in person 30 minutes prior to each film. Snacks and refreshments are available for purchase and can be brought into the theatre.



Love and Basketball

May 25 at 3:00 PM


June 15 at 3:00 PM

Southside with You

July 13 at 3:00 PM


August 10 at 3:00 PM

Akeelah and the Bee

September 6 at 6:30 PM

FREE First Friday Family Film

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