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Amherst Cinema Arts Center

28 Amity St, Amherst, MA 01002-2783
+1 413-253-2547
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A cinematic feast

Amherst Cinema Arts Center brings in current top rated films, excellent films not shown in other... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Amherst, Massachusetts
An asset to our area

There is always something good to see here. We try and go a couple of times a month, always... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2017
Greg S
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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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28 Amity St, Amherst, MA 01002-2783
+1 413-253-2547
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 25 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

Thank Karen M
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!

Thank Carmelo352
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.

Thank amonly
Reviewed 16 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

Thank Janet L
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

The films are amazing and the size of the film rooms are cozy with comfy seats. I most recently saw Moonlight there, for example, well before the acclaim. Honestly, though my favorite part of the cinema is the popcorn and snacks --- delicious popcorn with...More

Thank viveviejando
Reviewed 13 March 2017

I have lived many places, and this small theatre manages to get the very best films, and manages to show a number of films simultaneously each week. I joined after a year here, because they do great things in the community teaching kids about filmmaking....More

1  Thank fireUrchin-b
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Amherst Cinema shines in its mission of showing independent films. It is a comfortable place with three theaters of different size, with the largest theater being the most comfortable. It is also well kept and still feels relatively new. The staff is friendly, although the...More

Thank U6316CKmichaelh
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

What a gem. Ticket people are nice and without attitude tho it's an art house great coffee and snacks as well as popcorn. And terrific movies including the Oscar shorts! Seats aren't bad either.

Thank John B
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