"Five years ago, we opened our doors on the 1600 block of Main Street. The Nick’s been a Columbia standby since 1979 so we weren’t exactly the new kids in town, but in a new theatre on a mostly empty city block, we sure felt like it.
2013 was the first time Indie Grits was hosted at the new Nickelodeon Theatre at 1607 Main Street.
Changing our original concept, we gathered a group of local and regional artists to explore these new relationships with our waterways and assist with the healing of our strong community. This group of artists formed Waterlines and was challenged to create new works in film, performance, transmedia, and public art, all commissioned by the Nickelodeon Theatre."
"Visiones focuses on individual visions for the future of the Southern Latinx community and Latin Americans around the world. In today’s climate it’s crucial for Latin Americans to redefine our place in the art world and society, and spread knowledge of the depth of our culture through the creative arts. Through the project Visiones, our main objective is to celebrate Latin American culture, shed light on our stories, and proudly showcase our role in shaping new Southern culture."
Appleseed Legal Justice Center
Palmetto Luna Arts
Richland County Library
One Columbia for Arts & History
Oaxaca Film Festival
Austin Film Society
O Cinema Miami
“This year Indie Grits Labs two main after school programs. Come Around My Way and TakeBreakMake focused on the same theme: the self."
Richland School District One
South Carolina Arts Commission
Nord Family Foundation
Becky & Kevin Lewis
Harriet Hancock LGBT Center
University of South Carolina Women and Gender Studies Program
"This summer the media education team at Indie Grits Labs is creating a new series of media literacy labs. The new program consists of three major parts: CineLab, MediaLab, and StoryLab. All three labs include screenings, post-screening discussions, and critical thinking exercises that introduce students to the skills needed to navigate contemporary screen culture."
Civil Rights Sundays
A Lotta Talent and a Little Luck: A Celebration of Stanley Donen
Burn to Shine
"Painting, sculpture, and architecture are finished, but the art habit continues." These fiery words from the enigmatic land artist, Robert Smithson, act as the guiding voice behind our dynamic series, Art Docs.
To celebrate and explore the film’s legacy, the Nickelodeon presented Daughters: Celebrating Emerging Female Filmmakers of Color, a three-day film festival featuring works by a select group of contemporary female filmmakers of color.
Now, with camera in hand, I find myself again, as a daughter on the continuum of matriarchal storytellers, the keepers of our ancestral memory, with a duty to tell our stories and commemorate our survival."
Fire at Sea
Dr. Gail Morrison
Aaron and Andrea West
Paul and Jean Denman
David Whiteman and Lee Jane Kaufman
"What was the first gay film you saw? What was the first gay film that changed your life, made you laugh, broke your heart, lifted your imagination, gave you hope? Those are some of the films we want to see."
SC Equality PAC
Famously Hot South Carolina Pride
South Carolina Gay + Lesbian Business Guild
Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, PA
Robert Keenan and Brian Chen
Dr. Ed Madden and Bert Easter
Larry Hembree and Joe Hudson
With attendance topping 64,000 this past year, this is our 8th straight year of attendance growth.
"I started as a volunteer at the old Main Street location and have tried to help out at least once a week. My favorite part of volunteering is the conversations with staff and customers. The Nick brings people together that have a passion for art, music, culture, and the human experience. The theatre really is a place of comfort for many local folks. We are family!
Thank you to our Volunteers
Columbia Film Society (CFS) serves Columbia, SC, as a center for critical dialogue, anchored by the presentation of films that showcase the diversity, challenges, joy, and aspirations of its community. A destination for enjoyment, enrichment, and education, CFS provides the tools to make, interpret, appreciate, and teach the moving image in all its variety through its two arms: the Nickelodeon Theatre (“the Nick”) and Indie Grits Labs (“IG Labs”).