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Address: 28 Amity St., Amherst, MA
Phone Number: 413-253-2547
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1:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 1:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Description: 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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My Favorite Theater on the Planet

I love the Amherst Cinema. They have lovely staff, great movies and documentaries, interesting events and talks, and the ticket prices are very moderate. I love that they have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 9, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

I love the Amherst Cinema. They have lovely staff, great movies and documentaries, interesting events and talks, and the ticket prices are very moderate. I love that they have community engagement programs as well. My favorite event last year was the screening of Bolshoi Theater ballets. I don't think I had ever been that excited to go to a theater... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The fine arts cinema in the heart of downtown Amherst is a treasure. When I was there, they had a fabulous selection of less well known movies. Do plan to go early in the day to purchase your tickets in person, or buy them online ahead of time. I was advised to show up 30 minutes to secure a good... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We love the film selection here and the fact that you can order a beer or cup of tea. Always a good experience.

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Amherst, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

My husband and I are members of this Arts Cinema. They show wonderful films that are different from the Cineplexes. They also have a program for disadvantaged third graders which is very succesful. They are an asset to the community. They have very comfortable seating and delicious healthy popcorn. There is always a great choice of films.This is the kind... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

A state of the art, college-town cinema that shows first-rate indie films. Comfortable seating, good drinks and snacks, a real community place. Also, lots of extra special events, some free for members.

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

This cinema may be small, but shows a lot of awesome films that never come out at the Cinemark. Not a fan of their food and drinks, but comfortable for movies.

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Hadley, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I love, love, love Amherst Cinema. Come early to get your ticket, and grab a glass of beer or wine, something to snack on, and talk to the others waiting for the film. Then, when it starts, settle into a completely refurbished, smaller cinema, to enjoy both current and historic popular and/or arty films. Altogether, you'll feel a lot more... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This non profit arts center brings classic movies back to the screen. The small theater was full as we watched "Singin' in the Rain" with Gene Kelly & Debbie Reynolds. I had seen the movie as a small child so I remembered parts of the movie. It was a wonderful step back in time to see this movie.

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Western Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This theater almost ceased to exist until a group of ambitious townspeople got together and saved it, remodeled it, and now provides all the current films, some great oldies and good popcorn. It's not the beautiful old ornate theater one might want to be in, but things change, and even though it is very plain, the seats are comfortable and... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

A great cinema where you can see films in the genres of indie, art, foreign, and classics. Also taped theater performances. This place is a gem! It's a not for profit endeavor so if you are local, consider becoming a member.

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