About ICA

Declare Your Independence

ICA was established by independents for independents

The ICA is the only North American trade association dedicated solely to serving independent, community-focused cinema owners and operators. Established by independents for independents, we are leading the charge to champion the importance of indie cinemas like yours to a dynamic and vibrant motion picture industry. As we gain more members, our voices grow stronger.


Who can be a member?

Membership is open to any independent who (1) operates 500 or fewer screens, (2) represents no more than 2 percent of the domestic box office, (3) and is not publicly traded or owned by a major content supplier.

Alliance members operate cinemas that range in size from single-screen venues in small towns to multiplexes in larger cities. While many of our members operate just one location, others operate multiple locations across the nation. Regardless of the size of the member, we share one common goal:  To provide a voice that tackles challenges and promotes the importance of independent cinemas to a healthy and vibrant cinema industry.

What are the dues?

Given that economic circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic may impact members’ ability to pay the full amount of member dues, ICA will reduce dues rates to $150 per location plus $25 per screen.

Industry and Government Relations

As a sector of the industry that generates more than $2 billion in annual sales and represents over 20 percent of the North American box office, it is important for independents to have representation from Hollywood to Washington.

Through strategic advocacy and initiatives, ICA communicates with leading industry stakeholders to promote innovative pro-independent cinema solutions. We also educate and inform public policymakers of the value small business movie theaters bring to communities across America.

Programs and Resources

In addition to playing a direct role in shaping the future of the independent cinema industry, you and your employees enjoy exclusive programs and resources specifically designed for independents to help grow your business.

Cinema Buying Alliance

As an exclusive member benefit, the CBA combines the strength and numbers of ICA members to develop partnerships and programs that provide you with national account pricing and rebates on seats, lightbulbs, services, and more. Join today and see how the CBA can bring the highest value and savings to your cinema.

Your Board

We are a working Board of Directors that leads efforts to implement ICA’s strategic mission and vision.