Cinevent 2020 has been canceled due to coronavirus. 

The final Cinevent will be held Memorial Day weekend in 2021.

Given the current coronavirus situation and to protect the health and wellbeing of our attendees, we have made the decision to not hold the convention in 2020. Our current plan is to hold Cinevent 52 in 2021, over Memorial Day weekend.

Email messages have been sent out to dealers and to those who had registered for the show already with information about logistical matters. If you have registered for the show for this year or were attending as a dealer and did not receive one of these emails, please let us know.

Rooms reserved at the Renaissance for 2020 as part of our room block will be cancelled by Marriott. I believe this will be done automatically but if you haven't received a cancellation confirmation from them in the next week, you might want to follow up with them. Rooms reserved at the hotel outside the room block would need to be cancelled separately.

On the one hand, this was a hard decision to make; on the other, an easy one. Thank you for your support of Cinevent, past and future, and for your understanding. I look forward to welcoming you to Cinevent 52 in May of 2021.

-Michael Haynes

We are sad to announce that Cinevent 2020 has been canceled due to the coronavirus. The final Cinevent will take place in 2021.

Many of our guests live out of state so here is some context behind the decision we made. In the past week Ohio governor Mike DeWine has closed schools until April. The Wexner Center, the Ohio History Center, Franklin Park Conservatory, CAPA theatres and all library branches have closed. Gathering places have been advised to limit their spectators to fewer than 100 people which would be impossible for us to sustain our event.

Yesterday the president declared a state of emergency. Although the current projections are that these quarantine-like conditions are only until April, it is clear that these will likely be extended as needed when the situation has been re-assessed.

Planning for Cinevent, including postcard advertising and filling unclaimed dealer tables, had been put on hold while we waited for information from the hotel and from the CDC regarding the best route for the safety of our guests. We had to consider the demographic of our attendees, a significant amount falling in the most at-risk group for coronavirus.

We are sad to disappoint our guests and hope you will watch a vintage movie or two over Memorial Day weekend at home in anticipation of next year.

Tune into our podcast, beginning February 1st!

Long time Cinevent dealer Dick Dearwester has passed away. Our sympathies are with his family and friends.

Our contest to name the show is over. Everyone who submitted an idea was put into a hat and one name was chosen. Congratulations to Shellie Berg for winning free admission to the first annual Columbus Moving Picture Show! Jay Rubin also wins free admission for submitting the funniest suggestion with "Cineagog."


I also would like to thank David Kukowski for "Convention City," Joel Glasser for "OldMovie McOldMovieFace," and Adam Williams for "Hardly Profitable." Thanks for the laughs!

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Columbus, OH 43215

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