Thursday, October 09, 2014

The True 1692, The History of Halloween, and More

Just one block from the Hawthorne Hotel you will find a great locally owned theater called Cinema Salem.  There are so many things to like about this hometown gem, but at the heart of what you want from a theater is great films, and they definitely fill that bill.  Whether they are locally-made films, cult films, classic oldies, or first-run mainstream movies, this theater seems to have them all.

Here is this week's newsletter:


We have a wonderfully full week of great films and special events. First up: Thursday night at 7 pm, it's the world premiere of The Mouth, filmed by CinemaSalem employee extraordinaire, Brian Cowe, who will be in attendance with four of his fellow filmmakers to participate in a Q&A after the screening.

The next night, Friday, October 10 at 11:59 pm, it's the Rocky Horror Picture Show, featuring the Testeracte Players of Boston.

On Sunday night at 8 pm, we're proud to present a new horror film shot in Peabody called In My Mind, which stars Arthur Wahlberg, part of music/film royalty and a featured player on A&E's "Wahlburgers". Arthur and many crew and cast members will be in attendance. Wow, two premieres in one week!

And then on Monday, Columbus Day, we've got a whole day of great October-themed films. Screening at (12:30) and 4:45 is Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, a G-rated family classic that earned an 89% positive rating on

Filling out the Monday holiday, at (3:00) and 7:00, it's The Monster Squad, rated PG13, and described by as "unbridled fun for every kid who ever daydreamed about kicking monster ass."

Then on Tuesday through Thursday, we're screening The Damned (NR), a new horror film released this August. Village Voice: "It's all well acted and expertly crafted - quick edits that play mind and visual games with the viewer, music that heightens tension, and some cool special effects." The Damned will screen on Tuesday and Wednesday at (5:00) and 7:15, and on Thursday at (5:00).

Our final special event of the week will be next Thursday at 7:00 when we present Blood is the Life: A Night With Dracula and New England Vampires. Speaker Dacre Stoker will be giving an insightful presentation about the family perspective that includes seldom seen historic images on the mysteries behind Bram Stoker's Dracula. Then, there will be showing of the film Vampires of New England. After the film is over Stoker will be signing autographs in our lobby.

And every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in October, we're hosting Hysteria, Exposing the Salem Witch Trials and Modern Spiritualist Movement, by The Salem Haunted Magic Show. You can order tickets here.

And now, here are the showtimes for our "regular" movies.

Starting Friday: Gone Girl (R); The Boxtrolls (PG); The Mouth (NR); The History of Halloween 3D (NR); and The True 1692 in 3D!
Gone Girl is truly sensational, one of those cinema experiences that can't be replicated anywhere on smaller screens. Somehow, even if you've read the book, the suspense reels you in and holds you for every minute of the film. If Rosamund Pike doesn't get an Oscar nomination out of her performance, it will be a crime. I just wonder if I'm ever going to believe her in any other role she might play for the rest of her life!
Gone Girl will screen on Friday at (3:20), 6:30 and 9:35; Saturday at (12:15), (3:20), 6:30 and 9:35; Sunday and Monday at (12:15), (3:20) and 6:30; and Tuesday-Thursday at (3:20) and 6:30.

The Boxtrolls also had a huge weekend, and is still pulling in the raves. Chicago Sun-Times: "It's a world that runs in a parallel universe akin to that of Charles Dickens, with creatively named characters involved in seemingly outlandish adventures in a Victorian-era city where a moral or two plays out in the end."

The Boxtrolls will play on Friday at (4:15), 6:45 and 9:00; Saturday at (11:30 AM), (1:45), (4:15), 6:45 and 9:00; Sunday at (11:15 AM), (1:45), (4:00) and 6:10; Monday (Columbus Day Holiday) at (11:30 AM), (1:45), (4:15) and 6:45; and Tuesday-Thursday at (4:15) and 6:45.

The History of Halloween, is drawing big crowds to its historical accuracy, wrapped in fun. This fast-paced short film traces the evolution of one of America's favorite holidays. This week, it will screen on Friday at 4:00, 6:00 and 8:00; Saturday at 12:00, 2:00, 4:00, 6:00 and 8:00; Sunday and Monday at 12:00, 2:00, 4:00 and 6:00; and Tuesday-Thursday at 4:00 and 6:00.

We actually have several field trips coming in this month for The True 1692, a 3D film which brings to life the actual events of the Salem witch ordeal. But you can come on your own to enjoy this throughtful and moving film. The True 1692 will screen on Friday at 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 and 10:00; Saturday at 11:00 AM, 1:00, 3:00, 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 and 10:00; Sunday and Monday at 11:00 AM, 1:00, 3:00, 5:00 and 7:00; and Monday-Thursday at 3:00, 5:00 and 7:00.

Well, that's it! Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!


I hope to see you here, or there.


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