Wednesday, October 03, 2012

More To-Do in Salem, MA

There is so much to do in Salem, year-round, but this time of the year things ratchet up even more.  That is why we are posting even more often here on our Hawthorne Hotel blog.

CinemaSalem is one place that should be on your to-do list.  Here is their current weekly newsletter to tell you all about it.  There are seasonally-appropriate films, locally-made films, and local art to see.  You should definitely make the time.

I did get to see "Trouble with the Curve" and can highly recommend it, and "This Perfect Place: A Natural History of the Massachusetts North Shore" as well.

This week's newsletter even has a great parking "helpful hint."  So read on. . .

And I hope to see you here, or there.



One of our goals when we opened CinemaSalem was to utilize the lobby as an art gallery, and over the years, amazing artists have shared their work. Of course, you don't have to spend any money or buy tickets or popcorn to enjoy the art shows, so we hope you'll stop by next time you're in the area.

This month's show is spectacular! Produced by the participants in Raw Art Works' Real to Reel Filmschool, "Zombie High School" is a hilarious, clever, beautiful exhibition of youthful creativity. As the artists' statement reads, "How do you teach lighting, portraiture, special FX/makeup, fashion design and Photoshop in one quick project? Easy! You hold a three-day intensive workshop taking portraits of teens dressed as film zombies."

The show will run through the month of October, and certainly makes a perfect fit with Haunted Happenings. Speaking of that October Salem tradition, if you're coming to the movies on Saturday and Sunday all month, and you can't find street parking, use the Federal Street parking lot, pay the stiff entrance fee, but ask for directions on how to get most of that money back. It will be worth your while.

Keep your eyes open for one of our "coming soon" artists-of-the-month. Robert MacPhail, who creates awesome, bold works redolent of 50's movie posters.

Now on to this week's film showtimes!
Now Playing: Frankenweenie (PG); Looper (R); Trouble with the Curve (PG13); The Spirit of Salem (NR); This Perfect Place: A Natural History of the Massachusetts North Shore (NR); and The True 1692 3D!

Wow! Frankenweenie is getting great reviews. The Examiner: "Amusing from beginning to end, a heartwarming relationship at its core, and its love for classic horror worn on its sleeve, Frankenweenie is one of Tim Burton's best." The Village Voice: "Tight and brief, hitting all the marks you'd expect from an animated kid's film, and enlivened by Burton's visual style. The man should make more small movies like this one." "It's the best thing with Burton's name on it in the past five years."

Frankenweenie will screen on Friday at (4:20), 6:45 and 9:15; Saturday at (12:00), (2:15), (4:20), 6:45 and 9:15; Sunday at (12:00), (2:15), (4:20) and 6:45; and Monday-Thursday at (4:20) and 6:45.

Looper's score has actually gone UP since last week! The Atlantic: "A mind-bending ride that is not afraid to slow down now and again, to explore themes of regret and redemption, solitude and sacrifice, love and loss. It's a movie worth seeing and, perhaps, going back to see again." Miami Herald: "This is an exciting, exceptionally well-made futuristic thriller that also happens to be loaded with lived-in touches and punchy ideas." New York Post: "An indie-inflected popcorn movie with major brains, brilliant acting and a highly satisfying payoff, "Looper'' is the first must-see movie of the season."

Looper will screen on Friday at (4:30), 7:00 and 9:30; Saturday at (11:40 AM), (2:05), (4:30), 7:00 and 9:30; Sunday at (11:40 AM), (2:05), (4:30) and 7:00; and Monday-Thursday at (4:30) and 7:00.

Trouble with the Curve continues to reap great raves. New England Movies: "If this is Eastwood's swan song as an actor, he gets the perfect exit at the end of the movie." Christian Science Monitor: "Eastwood, in his 80s, looks a lot trimmer than some of the performers in this film half his age. He may be the only octogenarian actor who has to play older than his age to be convincing." Denver Post: "If you give it a chance to work its quiet magic, it might make your day."

Trouble will screen on Friday at (4:45), 7:15 and 9:40; Saturday at (11:30 AM), (2:10), (4:45), 7:15 and 9:40; Sunday at (11:30 AM), (2:10), (4:45) and 7:15; and Monday-Thursday at (4:45) and 7:15.

The Spirit of Salem premiered last Thursday night, and the audience gave it two thumbs up: "A masterpiece -- brilliantly conceived and executed." "Although I have lived in Salem for many years, I was surprised by how present and active history is in this city." "A very fun and highly educational way to experience Salem's past." "A very moving film." "Beautifully done, magnificent photography, and a nice, clean, informative script." "I thoroughly enjoyed this heartfelt and inspiring film."

The Spirit of Salem will screen on Friday at (5:00), 7:15 and 9:30; Saturday at (12:30), (2:45), (5:00), 7:15 and 9:30; Sunday at (12:30), (2:45), (5:00) and 7:15; and Monday-Thursday at (5:00) and 7:15.

The True 1692, the world's best 3D and historically-accurate depiction of the Salem Witch Trials, kicks into its intensive October schedule this week, screening on Friday at (5:45), 6:30, 8:00 and 8:45; Saturday at (11:45 AM), (1:15), (2:00), (3:30), (4:15), (5:45), 6:30, 8:00 and 8:45; Sunday at (11:45 AM), (1:15), (2:00), (3:30), (4:15), (5:45), 6:30 and 8:00; and Monday-Thursday at (5:45), 6:30 and 8:00.

This Perfect Place will present its breathtaking vistas and intimate glimpses of natural life on the North Shore on Friday at 4:00; Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 am; and Monday-Thursday at 4:00.

Here's a great on-set shot of Tim Burton creating Frankenweenie!


  1. Will The True 1692 be playing all month long?

  2. I imagine so. Are you friends with CinemaSalem? Perhaps you should be? Post the question on their page since I don't speak for them. . . it has been playing all summer so I can't see why they would take it down in the height of our visitor season but it is their theater.