In 1970 the grand opening took place and was sold out. It took place on February 16 and Alice’s Restaurant and The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine were shown, which heavily contributed to the success of the first night and days and years to come. Students loved the Cinestudio and it quickly became one of the most popular activities for Trinity students to participate in. The staff and founding members used the ticket sales from the first year to help pay for the cost of equipment, hardware, and construction, which would be utilized when renovating the auditorium. In addition to film and visual showings, the revamped auditorium was used to heighten students intellectual experience through lectures during the day. Some disciplines that have accessed the Cinestudio for academic benefits have largely been within the English and Religion departments. After the founding members creation of the studio, the Cinestudio became a student run project, which is a part of the Film Society program.
In 2002 the Cinestudio was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arts organization. In 2007 the theater’s ticket booth was renamed to honor Fred Pfeil. Pfeil was a Trinity College professor who volunteered countless hours to the Cinestudio and was a Cinestudio Board Member. Currently, two of the founding members, Hanley and McMorris manage the operations and projections of the Cinestudio. The Cinestudio remains active seven days a week and continues to remain running with the help of Trinity students and community members.