Wednesday, December 03, 2014

CinemaSalem and The Cabot

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will already know how much we love CinemaSalem.  In addition to running an awesome independent theater located just one block from the Hawthorne Hotel, they also write a great weekly newsletter, which I sometimes like to repost right here.

Recently they have acquired a position in running the old Cabot theater in downtown Beverly, so watch for updates about was is happening there, right here on their CinemaSalem newsletter.

Here you go:


Thanks for an awesome Thanksgiving weekend at CinemaSalem. So many people came to see all of our movies, and an especially large number came to see The Overnighters, we're going to do something we rarely do in the Screening Room: hold it over another week.

Before we get to the rest of the CinemaSalem showtimes, here's a little update on some live events you might enjoy across the bridge at our sister venue, the Cabot.

If you love live music, you'll want to invest $12 of your hard-earned money this Saturday night at 7:30 when two of the hottest young local bands, Exit 18 and Something in Common will play on the big Cabot stage. Exit 18 is comprised of Beverly High School students, and they were finalists recently on a contest run by The River for emerging talent. Something in Common has been playing around successfully in Boston and is bringing their thoughtful pop to Beverly. That's this Saturday, December 6, and you can find out more here.

If you have any children in your life, age 2-8, you'll want to bring them to a "Real Rock Concert for Kids", a monthly event which is taking place this month on Saturday, December 13 at 10:30 am. This month's starring band is Debbie and Friends, comprised 100% of Berklee faculty and staff, so they have serious chops. Debbie Cavalier and her band have consistently won awards as children's entertainers and were recently named a "Top Five" performer in that genre, by WBZ-TV. Part of the reason they're so popular is that both the kids and the parents love the show. More info here.

On Sunday, December 14 at 3 pm, the Cabot will be presenting its first classical concert in decades, featuring Quartet Duviteux, a string ensemble featuring very young phenoms from the New England Conservatory who somehow combine virtuosity with fun! You can watch a video here.

And finally, the perfect way to celebrate the holidays might just be to enjoy the region's most entertaining big band, the Beantown Swing Orchestra, playing a selection of bebop masterpieces and creative arrangements of holiday favorites. Since the Cabot was built right around the time that genre of music was emerging, it's probably the ideal place to get your toes tapping and your face in a permanent smile. You can learn more here. In my opinion, your life will never be complete until you watch Preview Video 1 at the bottom of their page.

And now, let's check out our awesome CinemaSalem showtimes!

Starting Friday: The Hunger Games - Mockingjay Part 1 (PG); Penguins of Madagascar (PG); The Overnighters (PG13); Horrible Bosses 2 (R); The Spirit of Salem (NR); This Perfect Place: A Natural History of the Massachusetts North Shore (NR); and The True 1692 in 3D.

As mentioned, we are holding over The Overnighters. It has an unearthly 98% positive rating on, boosted by thoughtful raves like this from the Toronto Star: "A sobering must-see, The Overnighters speaks to the eternal dilemma of doing the right thing in a community beset by suspicion and fear." Newcity: "Assured, brilliant, compassionate filmmaking." London Times: "It's one of those Steinbeck-style stories of migrants, poverty, desperation and hope, a heartbreaking picture of men who still believe they are living the American Dream in broken-down trailers doing grim, unhealthy jobs."

The Overnighters will screen on Friday at (4:40), 7:10 and 9:15; Saturday at (12:15), (2:40), (4:40) and 7:10 and 9:15; Sunday at (2:40), (4:40) and 7:10; and Monday-Thursday at (4:40) and 7:10.

Of course, our biggest draw over the weekend was The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, probably because it has the longest name, and it's an extremely clever story about youthful heroism in the face of dystopia.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay will screen on Friday at (5:00), 7:30 and 10:00; Saturday at (12:10), (2:30), (5:00), 7:30 and 10:00; Sunday at (12:10), (2:30), (5:00) and 7:30; and Monday-Thursday at (4:45) and 7:15.

Penguins of Madagascar was also a huge hit over the weekend, despite its relatively concise moniker. The 2D version will screen Friday at 6:30; Saturday and Sunday at (noon), (2:10), and 6:30; and Monday-Thursday at 6:30.

The 3D version (my favorite, although I know it's not everyone's cup of tea) will run Friday and Saturday at (4:15) and 8:45; and Sunday-Thursday at (4:15).

For our final non-local film, we'll give it a big long name to see if that bolsters its already pretty impressive attendance numbers. Horrible Bosses 2: The Return of the Wren - The Final Gruesome and Moraceous Battle, Part Two will screen on Friday at (4:30), 7:00 and 9:45; Saturday at (11:45 AM), (2:00), (4:30), 7:00 and 9:45; Sunday at (11:45 AM), (2:00), (4:30) and 7:00; and Monday-Thursday at (4:30) and 7:00.

And here's the schedule for our home-grown films: This Perfect Place (Monday-Thursday at 4:00), The Spirit of Salem (Monday-Thursday at 5:00), and The True 1692 (everyday at 6:30 and two bonus shows on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00).

Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!

If you're curious about the definition of "moraceous", it means "related to the mulberry bush" (pictured).

Paul Van Ness



I hope to see you here, before or after the show.


Juli Lederhaus
General Manager
Hawthorne Hotel

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