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Amherst Cinema Arts Center

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Address: 28 Amity St., Amherst, MA
Phone Number: 413-253-2547
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 1:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Amherst Cinema is a non-profit, independent theater. Our mission is to...

Amherst Cinema is a non-profit, independent theater. Our mission is to inspire, inform and entertain through the universal language of cinema arts and to serve as a cultural and educational resource for all. The core of our programming at Amherst Cinema is first-run independent film and classic repertory. We show over 120 superb films each year - most are first-run gems not even considered by commercial cineplexes. Decisions about film selection are made by our programming experts who know film and who know our audiences, not - as with many multiplex theaters - by a central office in a distant location. HISTORY 1926: The Amherst Theater opened in a renovated livery building in downtown Amherst, MA. It screened many classic films and hosted occasional stage performances. 1955: the theater was sold to Samuel Goldstein and renamed Amherst Cinema. Through the 1990s, the building deteriorated due to a lack of basic maintenance. The theater closed in 1999. 2000: a group of local film buffs and arts lovers formed the nonprofit Amherst Cinema entity to save the historic structure from the auction block. With substantial help from hundreds of individuals, institutions and businesses, the group raised funds and developed plans for a cinema center. 2006: With help from hundreds of supporters, we raised nearly $3,000,000 for the Amherst Cinema's home. In May 2006, our nonprofit organization broke ground to build a new, state-of-the-art, three-screen cinema. The Amherst Cinema opened November 22, 2006. 2013: A new studio theater was opened adjacent to the main building.

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Always a pleasure seeing a movie at Amherst Cinema.

The friendly staff and welcoming environment of Amherst Cinema add to the whole experience of seeing movies. The theaters are comfortable and clean. The refreshment bar offers... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Patty M
Amherst, Massachusetts
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Amherst, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The friendly staff and welcoming environment of Amherst Cinema add to the whole experience of seeing movies. The theaters are comfortable and clean. The refreshment bar offers many non-traditional items like coffee, tea, homemade cookies, wine and beer. The location right in the center of Amherst is ideal.

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love the Amherst Cinema! they have the BEST popcorn of all the area theaters (and popcorn toppings as well) They always have a great selection of movies. I like that the theaters aren't giant caverns (though the front row is slightly too close to the screen)

Thank Miso D
Belchertown, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an intimate little indy theater and shows often sell out. If you need a break from gratuitous violence and explosions and if you prefer artistic performances over the XD EXPERIENCE this is your movie house. Sipping wine during the show ain't bad either

Thank Kaycee12561
Amherst, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went planning to go to a 4pm show on a Saturday during semester break. The show was sold out so we chose another and that became sold out right after we purchased tickets. The theater was very small and we ended up sitting in the seat for people with disabilities as they were the only ones left and there... More 

Thank Russ P
New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

While my husband and I were planning our trip to Northampton for the New Year 2016 holidays, we learned that Amherst had a nice indie / artsy-type cinema, so on the evening of January 1st we drove over (it was just 10 minutes from where we were staying) to catch The Danish Girl. We really enjoyed the cinema: the size... More 

Thank paulophonic
Hudson, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

The venue is comfortable and every seat (all 25) in the house has a good view. Hamlet was playing and was quite good.

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

The ideal theater to view films: a great selection of international films, comfortable seats, great location, previews are limited to 10 minutes or so and their volume is normal. I will never go to the local malls again that blast you out of the place before the film with 30 minutes of noise and trash. The Amherst Cinema is the... More 

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Amherst, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

We still prefer to see most films in a proper theater, and the Amherst Cinema is certain excellent. Prices are fair. The seats are adequate but foot room is a bit tight. Audio and viewing is excellent.

Thank ESE43
Hadley, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

Whether you're visiting or local, Amherst Cinema is a must visit! In addition to the always terrific line up of newly released independent films they show, there are also high quality family films on Saturdays, special screenings of older movies (Ghostbusters on the 20th anniversary, for example), and broadcasts of live theatre, opera and ballet- truly something for everyone. The... More 

Thank TheLilithian
Belchertown, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

This great little non-profit theater (2 cinemas with less than 20 seats and one that is about 125 seats) shows art and international films that will entrance you. There is always something interesting to see and they have great healthy snacks. After four they even sell beer and wine. Always worth it to go.

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