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“Be sure to take in a film or program at Amherst Cinema!”

Amherst Cinema Arts Center
Ranked #1 of 1 Fun & Games in Amherst
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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.
Amherst, Massachusetts
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17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Be sure to take in a film or program at Amherst Cinema!”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

A great independent cinema center with a rich variety of programs. Wonderful film selections, live-feed theater experiences, and a great education program for 3rd graders.

Visited June 2013
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Amherst, Massachusetts
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28 reviews
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“Thoughtful movies for discerning adults”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

The Amherst Cinema Arts Center is the only venue in the area that shows limited engagement movies. If you like to sit with like minded adults the ACAC is the theater for you. And there are places nearby for dinner or drinks before or after the show.

Visited June 2013
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Amherst Center, Massachusetts, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great selection of movies”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

The place offers a great selection of movies, many not shown in the larger, national chains.
It is always very clean, and the seats are very comfortable.

Visited April 2013
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Conway, Massachusetts
1 review
“Lovely”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

Great spot, nice and artsy, good chocolates and movies!! Comfortable seats, buy tickets in advance though - cus they fill up!!!

Visited May 2013
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Massachusetts
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great films. Good snacks.”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

Staff can be indfifferent and their website confusing but the films are what we go for. Excellent film choices. Parking ok and lots of places to eat around the corners in the center of Amherst.

Visited June 2013
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