Friday, March 22, 2013

Cinema Salem Update

Lots of important news in this week's CinemaSalem newsletter:

Right on the heels of the hugely successful 2013 Salem Film Fest, we're about to encounter the most dramatic change in CinemaSalem history. Thanks to our more than 1000 Kickstarter backers, next Monday and Tuesday, our movie theater is being converted for the digital future as three Sony 4k projectors and digital sound will be installed. It's going to be intense and exciting as we close down for a couple days to make the magic happen. So, reflecting these momentous changes, this week's email will cover Friday to Sunday, and then next Wednesday morning we'll fill you in on showtimes for next Wednesday and Thursday and the week of the 29th.

If you have a sense of history and a discerning eye, you might want to check out Oz the Great and Powerful and The Croods this weekend -- on film -- and then come back next Wednesday or Thursday and check out the same films in 4k digital. Kereth actually had to order a "print" in each format for all our big films this week.

While it may be hard to bid adieu to a beautiful visual medium like film which has enjoyed a 100-year history of artistic expression and influence, the digital age is here bringing democratization and accessibility for today's filmmakers shooting and editing on ever more affordable and flexible cameras and cutting systems. So the future looks exciting.

In honor of these dramatic changes, we're hosting a special Backers-only event this Saturday and Sunday morning at 10: a free 35mm film screening of Steven Spielberg's most beloved film, E.T. If you're a backer, just flash your keycard, and you (and your immediate family OR close friend) get in for free. We hope you will enjoy the presentation of this movie classic on the big screen. We appreciate the contributions you made to our Kickstarter campaign to save CinemaSalem!

So see you all Saturday or Sunday morning! In the meantime, here are this week's historic showtimes!

Now Playing: The Croods (PG); A Place at the Table (PG); The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (PG13); Oz the Great and Powerful (PG); The Spirit of Salem 3D; This Perfect Place; and The True 1692 in 3D!.
If you like DreamWorks animation masterpieces, you're going to love the currently 80% positively-rated The Croods, which opens this Friday at CinemaSalem. Just listen to these rapt critics! Kam Williams (AALBC): "A side-splitting, thrill-a-minute adventure reminiscent of the best of The Flintstones. Wilma!" Common Sense Media: "Gorgeously animated adventure." Associated Press: "Brisk and beautiful." IGN Movies: "A familiar story made fresh thanks to great voice acting and dizzying, dazzling action."
The Croods will screen on Friday at (4:30), 7:00, and 9:15; Saturday at (12:00), (2:15); (4:30), 7:00, and 9:15; and Sunday at (12:00), (2:15); (4:30) and 7:00.

I love that we're showing such a CinemaSalem-style movie in the Screening Room during this historic week. A Place at the Table is a great example of the power of film to help us see the present with clearer eyes, and envision a better future. Philadelphia Inquirer: "A Place at the Table is advocacy journalism at its best, lining up its facts, illustrating the widespread problem with a few trenchant and compelling cases, and offering solutions." Time Magazine: "It specifically addresses our country's hunger crisis. But it also speaks to larger hungers. Hungers for independence, a dignified life, a better chance for ones children -- in short, the American dream." The Chicago Sun-Times: " A good documentary that is good for you."

A Place at the Table will screen on Friday at (4:45), 7:30, and 9:45; Saturday at (11:45), (2:45), (4:45), 7:30, and 9:45; and Sunday at 11:45), (2:45), (4:45) and 7:30.

We're totally carrying the hilarious Burt Wonderstone and the powerful Oz with us this weekend. Here are their showtimes, along with a bonus critical rave for each.

Burt Wonderstone will screen on Friday at CinemaSalem promptly at (5:00), 7:15 and 10:00; Saturday at (12:15), (2:30), (5:00), 7:15 and 10:00; and Sunday at (12:15), (2:30), (5:00) and 7:15. Time Magazine: "This may be the kind of semi-bad, semi-inspired comedy that could not only stand repeated viewings but perhaps improve with them."

Oz the Great and Powerful will screen on Friday at (3:45), 6:45 and 9:30; Saturday at (12:45), (3:45), 6:45 and 9:30; and Sunday at (12:45), (3:45) and 6:45. San Francisco Chronicle: "The more you like the Judy Garland film, the more you might appreciate Oz the Great and Powerful."

Have you seen our own popular films yet? Many people see them for the first time when relatives come to town and want to explore this region's history and natural beauty. The Spirit of Salem is my personal favorite, explaining the character of this city through the inimitable characters who formed it. SOS will play on Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 am.

If you want to understand why the North Shore is so unique and beautiful, you'll want to see This Perfect Place: A Natural History of the Massachusetts North Shore, featuring Kristina Lindborg, screening Saturday and Sunday at noon.

And our most popular film is The True 1692. 1692 will screen on Friday at 6:30, and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 and 6:30.

As we say every week, but this week with a little extra fervor, thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!

Paul Van Ness

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