Thursday, January 07, 2010

What-Not-to-Wear Party at Cinema Salem

This is the weekly newsletter from our favorite, locally-owned and operated movie theater, Cinema Salem. If you are a regular follower of Hawthorne Hotel blog posts, you will already know why we love this great little cinema.

I hope to see you here or there!



Remember last September when TLC's camera crews arrived in Salem to shoot a segment of "What Not to Wear"? Well, the show is finished and will air on Friday, January 15 at 9 pm, and Kate Fox from Destination Salem suggested that it would be an awesome idea for CinemaSalem to open up our theater for a free screening of the big premiere!

And we couldn't agree more! So mark your calendars for next Friday, January 15, and plan to arrive between 8:30 and 8:40 so there's plenty of time to find your seat. We're hoping that Leanne Marrama, the star of the show, will be able to attend, but we'll have an update on that next week.

One other programming note: you only have today and tomorrow afternoon to catch ANTICHRIST in the Screening Room, since tomorrow night is French Film Night, sponsored by Club Richelieu of Salem. For information on attending this private event, call 978 927-3709.

Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem in huge numbers over the holiday, including breaking our weekly attendance record. The week between Christmas and New Year's Eve shattered the previous attendance record by more than 25%!

So we're keeping three of our movies (see showtimes below) and bringing in an epic to the Screening Room. RED CLIFF, by John Woo, currently boasts an 89% positive rating on, buoyed by raves like this one from the Orlando Sentinel: "You can't watch a frame of it without feeling that it has been generations since Hollywood tackled anything on this scale," and this from the Wall Street Journal: "Red Cliff is a legendary filmmaker's visual symphony," and this from the New Republic: "The biggest film of the year opens this week, though you may be forgiven if you haven't heard about it, as it has committed the unpardonable sin of being in Chinese."

RED CLIFF will screen on Friday at (4:15), (7:00) and 9:45; Saturday at (12:00), (3:00), 7:00 and 9:45; Sunday at (12:00), (3:00) and 7:00; and Monday-Thursday at (4:15) and 7:00.

Don't forget: next week we'll be bringing in THE LOVELY BONES, a film by Peter Jackson based on one of my favorite books ever. Emmanuel Levy loves it: "A singular art film, Lovely Bones shows Jackson's determination to put his signature on each frame with surreal dreamlike meditation and special effects wizardry, which somehow remarkably maintain the tone of Sebold's novel about loss and mourning."

And now, here's the rest of this week's showtimes.

IT'S COMPLICATED will screen Friday at (5:00), 7:30 and 10:00; Saturday at (11:30 AM), (2:30), (5:00), 7:30 and 10:00; Sunday at (11:30 AM), (2:30), (5:00) and 7:30; and Monday-Thursday at (5:00) and 7:30.

SHERLOCK HOLMES (PG13) will be presented Friday at (4:30), 7:15 and 9:50; Saturday at 11:00 AM), (1:45), (4:30), 7:15 and 9:50; Sunday at (11:00 AM), (1:45), (4:30) and 7:15; and Monday-Thursday at (4:30) and 7:15.

THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG (G) will play on Friday at (4:15), 6:45 and 9:00; Saturday at (11:45 AM), (2:00), (4:15), 6:45 and 9:00; Sunday at (11:45 AM), (2:00), (4:15) and 6:45; and Monday-Thursday at (4:15) and 6:45.

Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!

Paul Van Ness

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