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Amherst Cinema Arts Center

28 Amity St, Amherst, MA 01002-2783
+1 413-253-2547
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Is it the quality of films Amherst Cinema Arts Center shows? Or the cleanliness? Or the caring? Or... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Larry P
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Brooklyn, New York
Best movie theater around

I love little theaters where you can see hard-to-find films as well as blockbusters, while sipping... read more

Reviewed 18 February 2018
Swanji
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Amherst, Massachusetts
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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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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Is it the quality of films Amherst Cinema Arts Center shows? Or the cleanliness? Or the caring? Or the community support? Or the easiest parking ever? Oh yeah. All of the above. My visits to Amherst Cinema are among the most satisfying in my world.

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Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

I love little theaters where you can see hard-to-find films as well as blockbusters, while sipping a decent glass of wine or a cup of tea. This place does not disappoint. The rooms are small, no-frills but comfortable. Staff is generally friendly and knowledgeable. Also...More

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Reviewed 29 December 2017

Amherst Cinema always has something interesting and thought-provoking playing. We recently saw "Novitiate" and have been to dozens of screenings down over the years. This weekend we plan to see "Lady Bird" and the new film about Vincent Van Gogh. Their employees are great, the...More

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Reviewed 28 November 2017

A vibrant part of the five college community. The theater brings many films you can't see anywhere else, plus showings of National Theater and other special events. Well curated. 100% solar powered! Plus their homemade popcorn with real butter is the best around.

1  Thank Alison L S
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

Amherst Cinema Arts Center brings in current top rated films, excellent films not shown in other theaters, live concerts and engaging talks. It is a gem.

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Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

There is always something good to see here. We try and go a couple of times a month, always excellent selections!

Thank Greg S
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Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

This theater is cute and shows fantastic films that aren't your typical mainstream blockbusters but good luck getting in! The theaters are super small and you could wait in line for a long time just to find out tickets are sold out (one of the...More

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Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

The Amherst Cinema is an outstanding resource for the Amherst Community and surrounding area. I have enjoyed well over 95% of the films and other events offered there!

1  Thank Carmelo352
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Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

This is a sweet local theater with great choice of films, ambience, and good popcorn too. Easy to get tickets and meet up with friends.

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Reviewed 17 May 2017

you can buy a share of the cinema and it gets you in to see movies you want to see for a low price with that said membership. you can also get in by buying tickets to see that movie ina small cozy atmosphere with...More

1  Thank Janet L
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