Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Winter Vacations + CinemaSalem and The Cabot = Fun!

Here is the weekly newsletter from our favorite, local, independent movie theater.  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we do.


Wow! The Hobbit opens this week on Tuesday night. It feels like Christmas is coming a week or so early. Speaking of the holidays, it looks like we'll be getting the fascinating Into the Woods! And this week, we've got The Theory of Everything!

Before sharing the details, here's an update from the Cabot. The first ever rock show last Saturday was a huge success, with a great, enthusiastic crowd, beautiful sound and (especially) lights, and memorable performances by Exit 18 and Something in Common.

The next live show is a children's rock concert this Saturday morning at 10:30 featuring Debbie and Friends. And then on Sunday afternoon, you can give yourself a treat by enjoying Quartet Duviteux, a talented string foursome from New England Conservatory. Although they are jaw-droppingly good, you can catch a bit of their quirky style by asking them the meaning of their moniker: "Duviteux means "fluffy" in French, so we're the classical string quartet that feels fluffy to listen to!"

And finally, tickets are going fast for the Beantown Swing Orchestra, who will be playing a selection of bebop masterpieces and holiday favorites on Saturday, December 20 at 7:30. The swinging BSO sold out the Cabot two years ago, and their show was a triumph, so pick up your tickets soon. You can nab a pair here. Plus it'll give you the chance to experience the Cabot as the fabulous music venue it was built to be in 1920.

Back here at CinemaSalem, we've got a great treat for you on next Thursday night, December 18 at 8:00 pm, when we present the holiday classic, Gremlins. Time Magazine called it "A wildly original roller-coaster ride of hilarious mischief." This show is free to our Kickstarter Backers as well as for Friends of CinemaSalem, and our regular reasonable prices for everyone else.
And now, here are the rest of our awesome CinemaSalem showtimes!

Starting Friday: The Hobbit: The Battle fo the Five Armies (PG13); The Theory of Everything (PG13); Monk with a Camera (NR); The Hunger Games - Mockingjay Part 1 (PG); Penguins of Madagascar (PG); The Spirit of Salem (NR); This Perfect Place: A Natural History of the Massachusetts North Shore (NR); and The True 1692 in 3D.

Yes, The Hobbit returns next Tuesday with a 7:00 pm premiere. Sadly, it's the conclusion of the film adaptations of Tolkien's WWII analogue, but the critics are ecstatic. Hollywood Reporter: "Third time's a charm for the mammoth screen version of Tolkien's little persons' odyssey." Variety: "The result is at once the trilogy's most engrossing episode, its most expeditious (at a comparatively lean 144 minutes) and also its darkest - both visually and in terms of the forces that stir in the hearts of men, dwarves and orcs alike." Empire Magazine: "A fitting conclusion to Jackson's prequel trilogy and a triumphant adieu to Middle-earth."

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will screen in 2D on Tuesday-Thursday at 7:00, and in 3D Wednesday and Thursday at (4:00).

Also new this week is The Theory of Everything, the story of brilliant genius Stephen Hawking falling in love. ScreenRant: "Well-acted and often moving, The Theory of Everything is ultimately an insightful love story that just happens to be about Stephen Hawking." Film Threat: "In the end it triumphs as a portrait of a brave, brilliant man and the equally courageous woman who gave him everything." Kansas City Star: "Director James Marsh won an Oscar for his incredible art-crime documentary Man on Wire, and here he proves capable of walking a tightrope between science and sentiment."

The Theory of Everything will screen on Friday at (4:30), 7:00 and 9:40; Saturday at (11:30 AM), (2:00), (4:30), 7:00 and 9:40; Sunday at (11:30 AM), (2:00), (4:30) and 7:00; and Monday-Thursday at (4:30) and 7:00.

New in the intimate Screening Room is Monk with a Camera, which has earned an 88% positive rating on RogerEbert,com: "An engrossing documentary about a privileged young American who leaves fashion photography to become a Buddhist monk in India, then returns to photography to provide some crucial help to his monastery." Film Journal International: "Enthralling and uplifting documentary about a man of the world turned monk, but one who effects real, inspiring change." Village Voice: "Like a good photograph, or a wise abbot, it only presents the evidence and allows us to arrive at truth."

Monk with a Camera will screen on Friday at (4:45), 7:30 and 9:30; Saturday at (12:15), (2:45), (4:45), 7:30 and 9:30; Sunday at (12:15), (2:45), (4:45) and 7:30; Monday at (4:45) and 7:30; Tuesday at 7:30; and Wednesday and Thursday at (4:45) and 7:30.

The engrossing The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 will screen on Friday at (4:45), 7:15 and 9:50; Saturday at (11:45 AM), (2:20), (4:45), 7:15 and 9:50; Sunday at (11:45 AM), (2:20), (4:45) and 7:15; Monday at (4:45) and 7:15; and Tuesday at (4:45).

Penguins of Madagascar is certainly a funny and entertaining movie, and you have exactly seven days to see it at CinemaSalem before it flies away, you know, if penguins could fly. It will screen in 3D on Friday and Saturday at (4:15) and 8:45; and Sunday-Tuesday at (4:15). The same film will screen in 2D on Friday at 6:30; Saturday and Sunday at (12:00), (2:10), and 6:30; and Monday at 6:30.

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 (every day at 6:30 and two bonus shows on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00).

Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!

Bid farewell to the Hobbits this coming Tuesday night!

Paul Van Ness


I hope to see you here, or there.


Juli Lederhaus
General Manager

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