How to Fest 2012


Purchase tickets online at 24 hours per day until day of screening. On day of screening, tickets will only be on sale as rush tickets (cash only) at each venue on a first-come, first-served basis.

In person:        Wortham Box Office
501 Texas Ave
Houston, TX  77002
Hours: 10:00 AM–5:00 PM MON–FRI

When purchasing tickets, motorists are encouraged to use the ticket-buyer parking zone on Prairie St, between Smith St and Bagby St. Parking is free for 20 minutes in the specified curbside location. On day of screening, tickets will only be on sale at the venue as rush tickets on a first-come, first-served basis.

Single Ticket Prices
TICKET PRICESGeneralStudents and
Seniors (With ID)
Matinee Screenings$10$8
Evening Screenings$12$10
Opening Night Screening and Party$25$22
Cinema on the Verge (single entry)$5$4
Cinema 16 Screening Room (includes single entry to Cinema on the Verge)$7$6
Cinema Arts Celebration $15$10
Festival Passes

Passes include membership privileges and special Festival benefits

All-Access      $1,000
Weekend         $   250

One-Day         $   100

Special discounts apply for Houston Cinema Arts Society members purchasing passes for family and guests. Contact HCAS at for information. For student and senior discounts, please go to Wortham Box Office with ID.

Prices of single tickets include service charge. All sales are final — no refunds or exchanges for any reason. Prices do not include parking. Parking information is listed below under “Venues.”

Rush tickets at all venues are cash only, subject to seating policy.

Seating Policy

 Pass holders will be admitted for early-arrival priority seating 30 minutes prior to screening. Single-ticket holders will be admitted 15 minutes prior to screening. All seats not occupied 15 minutes prior to screening will be sold as “rush” tickets on a first-come, first-served basis (cash only) until all seats are filled. Houston Cinema Arts Society cannot guarantee seating for late arrivals. There will be no seating after screening has begun. Information for what passes do and do not include is listed on the back of each pass.

Official Festival Hotel

Hotel Icon Houston, Autograph collection
220 Main St (main entrance is on Congress), 77002
METRORail stop: Preston Station
Special rates from $149 to $169 per night (limited supply)
Reservations must be made by October 10, 2012

Instructions: Identify guest as a Houston Cinema Arts Festival attendee
Phone: 713-224-4266

2012 Venues

download a pdf of a map of the 2012 venues

Aurora Picture Show
2442 Bartlett St, 77098

Free parking is available in the parking lot. Entrance is on the east side of the building. On-street parking is also available.

Festival Headquarters

Cinema on the Verge Gallery and Cinema 16 Screening Room
4411 Montrose Blvd, 77006
11 min walk from Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Open 11 am – 8 pm daily NOV 3-11

Free parking is available in the parking lots directly behind the building, on Kyle St. On-street parking is also available.

Miller Outdoor Theatre
6000 Hermann Park Dr, 77030

Free parking is available in various lots inside and surrounding the park.

Museum of Fine Arts Houston
1001 Bissonnet, 77005
METRORail Stop: Museum District Station (3 min walk)
Brown Auditorium Theater, Caroline Weiss Law Building

Free parking is available in lot across the street or $6 in the parking garage ($3 for MFAH members). Free parking is available in two outdoor street-level lots north of the Law Building along Main St: one at Bissonnet, one at Oakdale.

Project Row Houses
2521 Holman St, 77004 (corner of Live Oak and Holman)

Street parking is available in the area around the building.

Sundance Cinemas
510 Texas Ave, 77002
METRORail Stop: Preston Station (9-min walk)

Parking in the underground Theater District parking garage — best entrance is #7 on Texas Ave between Smith St and Louisiana St.

Before 4:00 PM MON–FRI, please collect a WHITE ticket directly from the ticket machine and take it with you to the Sundance Cinemas box office for validation.

After 4:00 PM MON–FRI and all day SAT and SUN, an attendant will charge an EVENT PARKING fee of $7, and give you a BLUE event parking ticket. You MUST bring the BLUE event parking ticket to the Sundance Cinemas box office for reimbursement.

White tickets are validated with a three-hour sticker. Blue tickets are exchanged for a full reimbursement of the $7 and an exit voucher, which will be your ticket to leave the garage. Without the exit voucher, Republic Parking will charge a “lost ticket fee” of $12. Do not lose the exit voucher. Event blue tickets have no time limit.

The Asia Society
1370 Southmore Blvd, 77004
METRORail Stop: Museum District Station (5-min walk)

Parking is $4 in the Asia Society Texas Center parking lot directly across from the building on Southmore Blvd. For more information and directions, please go to

Public Transportation

METRORail offers a fast, convenient and safe way to travel. The 7.5-mile light rail line takes passengers across downtown via Main Street. The line also connects downtown to other major Houston destinations such as Midtown, the Museum District, the Texas Medical Center, Reliant Park and the South Fannin Park & Ride lot.

A round-trip ticket is only $2.00 for adults, $.80 for seniors and $.50 for the kids! Tickets can be purchased from any ticket vending machine, located on each rail platform.