a/perture cinema

a/perture cinema, Winston Salem: Address, Phone Number, a/perture cinema Reviews: 4.5/5

a/perture cinema
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a/perture cinema is an independent, locally-owned movie theater in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Screening a mix of independent, foreign, documentary, local, and festival films in two 80-seat theaters and one 45-seat screening room, a/perture has evening screenings seven days a week with additional matinees on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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Karen B
North Carolina93 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
Pleasant atmosphere & staff. We love seeing movies at the Aperture.
This is downtown Winston Salem at it’s best. I recommend dinner or drinks nearby before or after the movie.
Written July 17, 2019
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BlueridgeCharlie
Dugspur, VA342 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
A great theater venue in downtown Winston Salem. We were drawn to the theater by the re-release of Yellow Submarine on its 50th year anniversary.
The venue is subdivided into small viewing rooms with very comfortable seating and excellent sound. The refreshment stand has the usual popcorn and candies with the addition of wines and microbrews.
Good selection of independent and foreign films in the previews.
Very enjoyable visit and strongly considering membership.
Written August 3, 2018
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Thanks for such a wonderful review. Hope you'll come back again and join our a/v society!
Written October 15, 2018
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janicewriting6
Winston Salem, NC380 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
From the films to the staff, this place is great.
Full disclosure: I love it so much I bought a membership.
If you enjoy movies that make you think, this is your spot. We’re very lucky to have a/perture in WS.
Written March 22, 2018
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❤️ thank you for this review. We love our members, we love our community and we love being able to share such amazing films!
Written March 24, 2018
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allensmart470
Winston Salem, NC3 contributions
Nov 2017 • Friends
What you would expect in Ann Arbor or Madison or Charlottesville. Great movies showing nowhere else. Good beer and wine selection. Real popcorn. Civic contributor as they do lots of benefit work. The staff seem like they are likely NC School of Arts students or Salem College. Like many, I will say the seats aren't the most comfortable but-hey- I am not there for 10 hours. Enjoy!!!
Written December 9, 2017
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byron s
Winston Salem, NC146 contributions
Oct 2017
Aperture is a unique venue which is the only movie theatre in Winston-Salem devoted to showing independent and foreign films. I would give it an excellent rating if the seating were more comfortable since that can be an issue for some people. It is a must go to place for locals who appreciate films that are out of the mainstream.
Written December 4, 2017
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RaceTravel
Wilkesboro, NC219 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
We wanted to see a movie that was not playing anywhere in our area. So we drove 50 minutes to view the movie at this theater. We had not been here before.
It was difficult finding a place to park on the street. But we did find a new parking garage a couple blocks away.
The theater was ok. The layout of the inside is rather unusual, including where the restrooms are located.
The staff was friendly. They offered a senior citizen discount.
The room that we viewed the movie in was narrow and it was awkward to find seating. The seats are not stadium seating, but were comfortable enough. I was concerned as to whether I would be stuck behind a taller person. The movie screen was NOT very large, as in a standard theater, and seemed a long way down the narrow room.
But we appreciated being able to see the movie. It was worth the drive.
Written October 22, 2017
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Thank you for making the drive to catch a film at a/perture! We hope you'll be back again in the future.
Written October 24, 2017
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AnitaLatte
23 contributions
Oct 2017 • Family
We recently moved to downtown Winston Salem after a life lived primarily in suburbia. My husband, high school aged son, and myself are enjoying discovering the joys of the highly walkable downtown area. While my son has frequented a/perture, repeatedly saying that we should go for several months now, my first a/perture experience was this evening for the special event showing of "Robert Shaw: Man of Many Voices."

The theater is located right in the midst of restaurants, coffee houses, and bars, so it was very easy to have dinner and a movie.

The theater is small. My son assured us that arriving 5 minutes to show time was plenty enough. There was a short line to purchase tickets at the counter, which is right when you enter. At the same counter, you could also order a snack or drink, including wine and beer.

Our movie was in Studio 1. I believe I had read previously that the theater has 80 seats. They are typical theater seats. What is not typical is that the floor is flat, and while I was initially concerned that it would be difficult to see the screen, as we were seated in the second to last row, I quickly realized that the height of the screen had everyone looking slightly upward so there wasn't really an issue, even with the almost full house for film. The screen is small by the standards of typical theaters, and again, while I was initially concerned that this would detract from the experience, I found it very easy to watch and be able to catch what was happening on the entire screen without having to scan my eyes back and forth.

My son has been to this theater before and he and his friends have been the only ones in the theater, but tonight, we were lucky to find 3 seats together for our family. Special events may have more attendance than their other films, so I would not recommend my son's advice if you are a larger party for a special event and would arrive earlier than 5 minutes prior to showtime.

The bonus for our night was that one of the sponsors for the special event film, a local Presbyterian Church, had their choir in attendance to see the film; they had prepared two choral pieces that had been arranged by Robert Shaw. Their choral director, a teacher at UNC School of the Arts (my son recognized him), gave a short introductory speech and then directed the choir. It was a lovely addition to the event and really helped to set the mood for the documentary film about Robert Shaw.

There was only one commercial, and I have to say that it was the best theater commercial that I have ever seen...highly entertaining and having the appearance of being a quality short film produced by talented film producers. What followed were two previews for up and coming films, both of which looked appealing...as so many do that are offered at a/perture.

My only comment on the sound system was that I didn't notice that it wasn't great sound. With sound being so important for this film to appreciate the choral singing and symphony performances, I will say that I was enthralled by the film and sound quality or lack thereof never crossed my mind.

I so enjoyed our low key, relaxed visit to a theater to see a quality, inspiring film. In my last visit to a typical movie theater, I felt absolutely bombarded with advertisements: static ads in a slide show, commercials that I would normally see on television, and promotions for the theater itself or their refreshments. My husband and I were saying to each other, remember when previews were the big thing? I've never been to a theater like a/perture; it has set a whole new bar for me. Tonight's experience was much more akin to attending a live performance, albeit on a smaller scale, than going to a typical movie theater. I can't wait to go back.
Written October 19, 2017
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Thank you so much for your review. We are so glad you could come see Robert Shaw - we were so excited to have a real choir perform before the screening! Please, please come back soon for another film!
Written October 24, 2017
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Ben G
Winston Salem, NC86 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
Up front, I'll go ahead and say I Highly Recommend a visit to a/perture cinema.

My wife and I recently moved to downtown Winston-Salem, and got out to explore on a nice Sunday afternoon. We happened upon a/perture and saw they were playing the Avett Brothers film by Judd Apatow; which we both really wanted to see and is not being shown in commercial theaters. (Side note: I gave up on commercial film in 2008 and this was my first theater experience since that time.)

A/perture proved to be a delightful theater experience, as did the Avett Brothers film "May it Last". The particular room for this film was downstairs, and was quite small compared to a modern theater. The size of the room gave a much more intimate experience and everyone seemed very engaged with the film throughout. While it was a bit warm, seats are small, and noise from other movies being played was sometimes heard, it was (to me) all part of the enjoyment of watching a film in an old downtown theater.

I will most certainly make another visit to a/perture in the near future, and look forward to another great experience.

* Also, they have wine and beer at reasonable prices, and a small selection of snacks for purchase as well.
Written September 22, 2017
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Ben, we can't wait for you to come visit us again for a film. Don't wait another 9 years please!
Written October 24, 2017
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Sonya_Travels
Charlotte, NC50 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
Live in the Triad? Visiting and staying downtown? See what's playing at A/perture! Great nonprofit, independent movie house located in the middle of downtown Winston-Salem. Wonderful selection of indie and foreign films- and they serve wine, beer, great coffee and locally sourced snacks. Our favorite film location in the Triad area. Tip: check out weekend morning show times!
Written August 17, 2017
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Thanks Sonya for the review and especially for plugging our morning matinee times!
Written October 24, 2017
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djscruggs
Winston Salem, North Carolina145 contributions
Aug 2017
One of a kind and a real contribution to downtown ws. Shows important cinema, sometimes challenging and provocative. Smaller venues, great popcorn, beer wine etc. A credit to ws
Written August 17, 2017
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Thanks for the kind review and support for our film programming - promise to keep bringing Winston-Salem inspiring and thought-provoking cinema!
Written October 24, 2017
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