Friday, August 30, 2013

Much More Than a Theater, CinemaSalem is a Part of Our Community

We adore CinemaSalem because it just so special. When you read their newsletter, the "personality" of this locally-owned and wonderful business comes shining through. Of course, you have to actually go there to eat their delicious, real-butter popcorn or to enjoy a cup of their excellent tea, but you will, won't you?

 Here is their newsletter, which includes the schedules for the upcoming week, but also has a bit of a look ahead for those of you who like to pre-plan things.

 I hope to see you here, or there!


The Boston Globe called this week to get our reflections on our Kickstarter campaign last December, especially in light of the current fundraiser going on for Newburyport's Screening Room. They're running an article this Sunday. I was thrilled to be able to pass along our perspective of gratitude and amazement for what our backers were able to accomplish in upgrading our movie theater in Salem.

We're committed to demonstrating our appreciation regularly, including four big events this weekend. We'll be presenting How to Train Your Dragon 3D on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday mornings at 10 am. Admission is free for Kickstarter Backers and their families, and a bargain $6 for everyone else. On Sunday night at 8:30, we'll be screening a beautiful, digital print of one of everyone's favorite movies, Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark, also free for backers. We hope to see you!

Now here's this week's exciting film lineup.

Now Playing: Blue Jasmine (PG13); Lee Daniels' The Butler (PG13); We're the Millers (R); Prince Avalanche (R); How to Train Your Dragon (PG); Raiders of the Lost Ark (PG); The Spirit of Salem 3D; This Perfect Place; and The True 1692 in 3D!.

Yes! We got Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, one of the best-reviewed movies of the year. Miami Herald: "Just when it seemed like Allen was going to settle for cranking out a comic bauble every year for the rest of his career, he comes up with a vital and vibrant knockout of a movie." Philadelphia Inquirer: "Blanchett is steady as she goes, delivering one of the most exhilarating performances of the year." St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "There's never been a better director of women than Woody Allen. Actresses in his films have earned five Oscars from 11 nominations. Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine should make it an even dozen." San Francisco Chronicle: "Blanchett in Blue Jasmine is beyond brilliant, beyond analysis. This is jaw-dropping work, what we go to the movies hoping to see, and we do. Every few years."

Blue Jasmine will screen on Friday and Saturday at (12:00), (2:15), (4:30), 6:45 and 9:00; Sunday and Monday at (12:00), (2:15), (4:30) and 6:45; and Tuesday-Thursday at (4:30) and 6:45.

Prince Avalanche opens in our Screening Room on Friday, also buoyed by amazing reviews. Toronto Globe and Mail: "It's an intimate two-hander with lots of dialogue, humour and poignant revelations, set against a backdrop of rugged woodland beauty." The Boston Globe: "The performances and ghostly, melancholic atmosphere make it satisfying twist on the male buddy film." Chicago Reader: "David Gordon Green somehow brings together the poetic sensibility of his independent art movies and the humorous lowbrow non sequiturs of his studio comedies; the results are one of a kind and often weirdly moving."

Prince Avalanche will screen on Friday and Saturday at (12:00), (2:45), (4:35), 7:20 and 9:30; Sunday and Monday at (12:00), (2:45), (4:35) and 7:20; Tuesday at (4:35) and 7:20; Wednesday at (4:35); and Thursday at (4:35) and 7:20.

Two-time North American box office champ, Lee Daniels' The Butler, returns to CinemaSalem for a third huge week. Detroit News: "The Butler mixes big issues and big people and real human life with surprising grace."

LDTB will screen on Friday and Saturday at (12:30), (3:45), 6:30 and 9:20; Sunday and Monday at(12:30), (3:45) and 6:30; and Tuesday-Thursday at (4:00) and 6:30.
Back for another outrageous week, We're the Millers is cracking people up at CinemaSalem. It opened in Great Britain this week, so let's peruse the critical response from the other side of the pond. Irish Times: "The central conceit is well established, the comedy is often impressively sour and the four leads complement one another beautifully." Daily Express: " It's consistently funny, the characters are a hoot and the anticipated family "bonding" is quite touching and doesn't interrupt the flow of big laughs." Daily Mail: " The script development is funnier and more ingenious than you might expect, and the actors have the comic timing to pull off most of it."
We're the Millers will screen on Friday and Saturday at (11:45 AM), (2:00), (4:45), 7:15 and 9:40; Sunday and Monday at (11:45 AM), (2:00), (4:45) and 7:15; and Tuesday-Thursday at (4:45) and 7:15.

We got another interview request from a local magazine about the upcoming The History of Halloween, and we were happy to chat up the reporter about this historically-accurate and hilarious doc. Until that film opens on October 3, you can check out our other popular local fare. The True 1692 will screen Friday through Monday at 2:00. and 6:30; and Tuesday-Thursday at 6:30. The Spirit of Salem will screen on Friday-Monday at 11 am, and Tuesday-Thursday at 5:00. This Perfect Place: A Natural History of the Massachusetts North Shore will screen Friday-Monday at noon, and Tuesday-Thursday at 4:00.

As you know, Raiders of the Lost Ark will screen Sunday night at 8:30, and How to Train Your Dragon 3D will screen Saturday, Sunday, and Monday mornings at 10 am. Both are free to Kickstarter Backers and their immediate families!
Just another week at CinemaSalem, where we're presenting nine films on our four screens.

For you culture vultures, on September 12 at 7 pm we'll screen A Dancer's Dream, which earned this ultimate rave from the New York Times: "Is this the future of the American symphony orchestra? We hope so." A mix of Stravinsky and ballet this unique film will play one time only at CinemaSalem on the day it's released nationally.

And don't forget that on November 7, we''ll be presenting a stunning 3D version of the world's most beloved ballet, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake!

As always, thanks for supporting CinemaSalem! 

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