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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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Mon - Fri 1:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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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Amherst Cinema shows independent and foreign films in 4 theaters of varying sizes all with comfortable seats. In addition to films, the cinema hosts talks and an amazing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amherst Cinema shows independent and foreign films in 4 theaters of varying sizes all with comfortable seats. In addition to films, the cinema hosts talks and an amazing educational program for third grade students throughout the Pioneer Valley called See Hear Feel Film. Coffee, wine, baked goods and other usual movie fare is available to enjoy. Great vibe all around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We find ourselves going to Amherst Cinema (MA) more poften as we seek out those quality movies that are shown at boutique theaters rather than the big box venues. ACinema has comfortable seats, small intimate theaters, home made baked goods, fancy drinks, advanced on line purchase and membership benefits. Add frequent specials, lectures, and an excellent down town location, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Lots of varied movies, from well-known to indie films, National Theatre in London presentations, filmmakers come and give talks as do local academics.

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

Amherst Theater continues to bring superb indie films and special events to the Five College community. (Excellent homemade popcorn too!)

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Amherst, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

Great movies often not seen elsewhere. Small, intimate downtown setting instead of in a mall. Special program for elementary students. Independent and locally run. Great spot!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

This is the best cinema of its kind I have ever gone to. They show the kinds of movies that the larger theaters never show. The movies are thoughtful and excellent. The have all kinds of special programs throughout the year where directors, writers, actors in the films talk to you about what they have done. They also have family... More 

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Amherst, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

This is a great little theater right in the heart of Amherst town center. Lovey snacks, comfortable seating and great selection of movies too!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

Thank God for this place or we'd never get to see any high-quality independent cinema in the Pioneer Valley!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

Distinguishing itself from the disappointing offerings at the local Cinemax screens down at the Hampshire Mall, the Amherst Cinema is the kind of iconoclastic theater that you expect to find in a much larger community. Doubtless the neighboring Amherst and Hampshire Colleges, and the University of Mass. help create an audience to whom more interesting films will appeal. But Amherst... More 

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2016

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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