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Address: 56 Arbor St, Hartford, CT 06106
Phone Number: +1 860-232-1006
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2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Real Art Ways is one of the leading contemporary arts organizations in the...
Real Art Ways is one of the leading contemporary arts organizations in the United States, with a record of linking artists, innovation and community. Programs include visual arts, with exhibitions, public art projects, and artist presentations; cinema, with independent and international films 7 nights a week; music; performance; literary events; community and educational programming.
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An ultra-professional, beautiful space

I've wanted to go to Real Art Ways for a long time and finally went. I was blown away. It's like a taste of New York City in the middle of Hartford. The art gallery spaces were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Hartford, CT
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Hartford, CT
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101 reviews 101 reviews
7 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I've wanted to go to Real Art Ways for a long time and finally went. I was blown away. It's like a taste of New York City in the middle of Hartford. The art gallery spaces were immaculate and the installations were captivating and cutting-edge. And the cinema is gorgeous too. It's incredible to see what's been right under my... More 

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Glastonbury
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The selection of movies is usually first rate, the theater area is comfortable, and the display of exhibits in the building adds a nice touch.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

To see movies 'off the beaten path' this is THE place. They have a nice little cafe where you can have coffee/ wine before/after or bring into the theater

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Cromwell, Connecticut
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Real Art Ways has been here for quite a while but it keeps reinventing itself. The galleries are chock full of great art, the movies are unique and the programs are cutting-edge. But the real draw is the clientele; the best of every slice of people. I am there often!

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Ocala, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

I attended the Living Cat Exhibit last month at this art gallery, cinema, exhibit and social business and was thrilled at the authentic presentation. A shelter seeking homes for lovely kittens and cats was apparently contacted and partnered with an artist exhibit centering on cats. It was a marvelous paring - the real and actual to touch and hold along... More 

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Cromwell, Connecticut
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

RAW as we call it is the ultimate destination for fun, learning and togetherness. This is one of the most welcoming sites in Hartford fulfilling everyone's needs for urban adventure. The movies are terrific, the galleries are brimming with new art but the real reason for its excellence is the multigenerational crowd that gathers here for their ever-changing events. Of... More 

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Simsbury, Connecticut
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92 reviews 92 reviews
19 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This is one of my favorite places in Hartford. The theatre is spacious, clean and comfortable and shows a variety of Indies. There's also art and music - check the calendar for exhibits and performances. The Oscar nominated shorts are also shown yearly (about a month before the Oscars). You can also have wine, coffee and dessert in the theatre.... More 

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Glastonbury
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Latest movie we saw there was Blackfish. They usually have very good documentaries and other quality films and you can always take in the current art exhibitions prior to watching the movie.

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Bristol
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181 reviews 181 reviews
24 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

We went to the cinema at Real Art Ways...I hadn't been to Real Art Ways in years, and it was nice to return. Not only can you see a movie, you can check out the latest exhibits afterwards. It was also a very pleasant surprise to buy a small popcorn for $3, unheard of in the larger cinemas!

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Windsor, CT
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274 reviews 274 reviews
61 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

It's hard to find, but worth the effort. Check out the event schedule and attend a performance of your liking. We love the high quality environmentally supportive films. Don't be surprised by the beer and wine at the concession stand. If you are over 62 ask for the senior pricing. (Easy on fixed incomes and broken incomes as well.)

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