Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Playing this Week in Salem, at CinemaSalem

This is not the passed hors d'oeuvres look that we go for at the Hawthorne Hotel!
More likely a scene from the new movie, The Hobbit.

Here is the CinemaSalem weekly newsletter that we love to get.  We hope you, fair blog-reader, also enjoy seeing what is taking place at "our" awesome downtown cinema.  The movie that is showing in the screening room, "Jack and Diane" might have special appeal to many of our guests who come to Salem for the Halloween-related festivities, so be sure to read about it and consider taking it in.

Remember that the Tavern at the Hawthorne Hotel is a great place to enjoy a pre- or post-cinema adult beverage or full meal or snack.

I hope to see you here!


From Paul VanNess, the owner of CinemaSalem:

Thank you for helping get our Kickstarter campaign off to an historic start, raising 75% of our goal in the first week! If you've made a contribution to help us convert from film to digital projection, thank you. If you haven't, please consider making an investment in the future of a downtown movie theater on the North Shore. Here's the Save CinemaSalem link.

From a personal point of view, it's been an amazing week. Lots of people have contacted us letting us know how important CinemaSalem is to them. It's been amazing to get an email every few minutes, alerting us to another contribution or positive comment. One of the most compelling came from a film lover in North Carolina whose local theater had shuttered, and she just wanted to make a contribution to ensure that didn't happen to another community.

In celebration of this important and fun campaign, we're inviting everyone to a free screening of my favorite holiday film, Elf, this Saturday at 10 am. We had a wonderful turnout for last week's presentation of A Christmas Story, so bring the whole family for this week's free show!

Middle Earth lovers, take note: Tomorrow night, on the evening of Thursday, December 13, at midnight (technically Friday, December 14), we'll be holding a midnight screening of the year's most eagerly awaited film: The Hobbit.

Now, here's this week's film lineup!
Now Playing: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 3D PG13); Jack and Diane (R); Rise of the Guardians 3D (PG); Skyfall (PG13); The Spirit of Salem 3D (NR); This Perfect Place: A Natural History of the Massachusetts North Shore (NR); and The True 1692 3D!

Opening tomorrow night is The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first part of Peter Jackson's trilogy. We'll be showing it in 3D at CinemaSalem at 24 fps, which apparently is the best way to see it. As expected, the critics are raving. London Times: "And we're back! Slam bang in Middle-earth as though the Lord of the Rings trilogy never went away, which it didn't." Time Out New York: "Even though this installment is mostly a prelude, Jackson's eccentric mixture of low humor, earnest foreboding and digitally processed pageantry is consistently engaging and immersive." New York Post: "Piles on enough eye candy and action sequences to please fans, plus more humor than the three Rings films."

After tomorrow night's midnight premiere, The Hobbit will screen on Friday at (3:00), 6:30 and 10:00; Saturday at (11:30 AM), (3:00), 6:30 and 10:00; Sunday at (11:30 AM), (3:00) and 6:30; and Monday-Thursday at (3:45) and 7:00.

New in the Screening Room is Jack and Diane, a young-love, romance, semi-horror amalgam. Aisle Seat calls it "Twilight for the art house crowd". New York Post: "Tonally, the film swings between whispery romance and ominous horror as it explores the dark side of love and lust ."

Jack and Diane will screen on Friday at (4:35), 7:30 and 9:45; Saturday at (12:00), (2:40), (4:35), 7:30 and 9:45; Sunday at (12:00), (2:40), (4:35) and 7:30; and Monday-Thursday at (4:35) and 7:30.
We're going to hold over the rest of our stellar lineup. Here are the showtimes.

Rise of the Guardians will screen Friday at (4:45), 7:15 and 9:15; Saturday at (11:45 AM), (2:00), (4:45), 7:15 and 9:15; Sunday at (11:45 AM), (2:00), (4:45) and 7:15; and Monday-Thursday at (4:45) and 7:15.
Skyfall will screen on Friday at (3:45), 6:45 and 9:40; Saturday at (12:30), (3:45), 6:45 and 9:40; Sunday at (12:30), (3:45) and 6:45; and Monday-Thursday at (4:00) and 6:45.

As usual, we're screening our popular locally-focused films this week. The True 1692, the historically-accurate depiction of the Salem Witch Trials, will screen Friday at 6:30; Saturday and Sunday at (2:00) and 6:30; and Monday-Thursday at 6:30. The Spirit of Salem will screen Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 am.
This Perfect Place will present its breathtaking helicopter and airplane aerials and intimate glimpses of natural life on the North Shore on Friday at 4:00; Saturday and Sunday at noon; and Monday-Thursday at 4:00.

Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem

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