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Amherst Cinema Arts Center

28 Amity St., Amherst, MA
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Ranked #3 of 12 Attractions in Amherst
Type: Movie Theaters
Owner description: Amherst Cinema is a non-profit, independent theater. Our mission is to inspire, inform and entertain through the universal language of cinema arts and... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Boston, Massachusetts
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW 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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Amherst, Massachusetts
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57 reviews 57 reviews
22 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This little jewel makes living in Amherst even better. They show a lot of classics. I recently saw Lawrence of Arabia, one of my all-time favorites. Great to see these old films on a relatively big screen; they are just not the same on the home screen. Lots of indies too. Reasonable prices and nice refreshments too.

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Plymouth, New Hampshire, United States
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Comfortable theatre, serves beer and wine. It's a shame I was too full from dinner. Loved it!! I did have to tell the women next to me to stop talking throughout the movie.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I waited a week to write this review to let my feelings of anger and embarrassment subside. I apologize in advance for its length. At about 4PM on July 4, a rainy miserable day, we spontaneously stopped by to see if by any chance we had timed our impromptu visit appropriately to see a film. We dashed into the theatre,... More

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Gabriel C, Guest Relations Manager at Amherst Cinema Arts Center, responded to this review

Hi, thanks for your feedback and sorry that your experience at Amherst Cinema wasn't satisfactory. We do apologize if you felt the staff was not as helpful as they should have been. It is common for customers to have questions about show times, and our staff frequently refer people to our printed show times because they are the most comprehensive... More

Stuart, Florida
5 reviews 5 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

This is a fabulous place to view current movies that are not necessarily on the Hollywood track. We go here specifically because of the types of movies shown.Most will not be found in the major movie cinemas. Thought provoking, Intelligent,different from the mainstream. Throw in all the wonderful restaurants in the local area and it completes the package!

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Western MA
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

The picture indicates the quality and cleanliness of the cinema, but it can't display what is most important. This theater consistently runs the best Indie, Foreign, and even popular films, though the last is often run before they become popular. In a day when Hollywood eschews everything that doesn't explode or is loaded with CGI, this little gem consistently shows... More

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68 reviews 68 reviews
4 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

A must for any movie lover. Interesting series, cool movies, no Spiderman. Three theaters in one building and a cozy second screening room a few doors down. Upscale concession stand with wine! I am telling all visitors to the Pioneer Valley to make this cinema a stop on their travels. Then go to Oriental Flavor for yummy food. A good... More

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Pelham, MA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

I love this theater, small and intimate with lots of charm and terrific and often thought provoking movies.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

I would like to move in to the Amherst Cinema, and just see every film they show. They have nice beer and wine options, as well as a good selection of teas. But the concession stand still smells like popcorn, as a movie lobby should. We happened upon the Amherst Cinema on a one-night visit to town, during a college... More

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The food is fresh and seems authentic. Service is good. Pleasant atmosphere. Can be noisy. Ideal location in the center of town. Metered parking in back of restaurant.

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