The Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation began to promote the culture of cinema and showcase outstanding Arabic and international films in late 1989, in order to diversify its cultural and artistic activities. It provided an equipped a hall where movies from different countries of the world are carefully-selected and showcased. They include classic masterpieces and modern films, featuring various cinematic styles, such as modern experimental films which, over the years, have attracted a great number of visitors from different social environments and circles, and various tastes. The movies’ showcase is usually accompanied by a written analysis of the film. A general discussion panel is, subsequently, held thereafter. These discussions are an important means to disseminate the cinematic culture, and to ensure the development of artistic taste among the public. In addition to the regular, weekly showcase on Tuesday evening, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation organizes annual film weeks for specific countries, subjects or directors.
Throughout the past twenty-seven years, several international festivals and film weeks have been held especially for the Chinese, Egyptian, Tunisian, Lebanese, Syrian, Iranian, French, American, Cuban, Swedish, Japanese and other cinemas. This was often carried out in cooperation with Arab and foreign cultural institutions and centers.
In 2014, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation started to hold periodic shows of children's movies, managed by the Knowledge Path library, as part of its efforts exerted to develop the film activity and industry alike.