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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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Terrific cinema and art goers venue

Terrific alternative movies and art venue. You can see movies that no other cinema will be showing. They are often avante garde and sometimes provocative. A worthwhile experience... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Hartford, Connecticut
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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Terrific alternative movies and art venue. You can see movies that no other cinema will be showing. They are often avante garde and sometimes provocative. A worthwhile experience for movie lovers. Also has Creative Cocktail hour once a month,

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Hartford, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Real Art Ways is an important and creative institution, however its location has always been irksome to me. It is located far from Downtown which I think is a mistake. There is a bus that comes near it, but you won't be able to take it if you plan to see a nighttime performance. If you are a tourist, you... More 

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Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

There are so many wonderful films that never see the light of day. In Hartford this is one place where they will bring the rarely seen contemporary film, from docos to foreign to experimental. Plus the place is a great place for a party on Thursdays once a month!

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West Hartford CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Comfortable state-of-the-art movie theater with alternative films you won't see elsewhere; fabulous art installations like "The Talking Cure"; Creative Cocktail party once a month that brings together a creative artsy group of people to drink some drinks, talk, dance dance dance; amazing alternative jazz like Stephen Haynes improv; interesting discussion sessions. All this under one roof, and a very cool... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

There are a lot of great films and art installations that come through here. It is just a really cool and funky place, and they always have so many interesting films they are presenting. Their website is always up to date with what they are showing and feature to come.

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Ample and free parking, first run movies, AND you can enjoy a glass of wine in a clean comfortable setting. The staff is welcoming. We browsed the artwork prior to the start of the movie. A movie night without the commercial feel!

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Hartford, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

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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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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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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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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Additional Information about Real Art Ways

Address: 56 Arbor St, Hartford, CT 06106
Phone Number: +1 860-232-1006
Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Hartford
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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