Have you heard the news? We have our sights set on a late September reopening! We couldn’t be more excited to reconnect with you all and resume in-person film screenings. We can practically taste the popcorn already!

The health and safety of our community remains our top priority, which is why we’ve decided not to reopen at the beginning of Phase III. Instead, we’ll use the time between now and the fall to ensure compliance with all safety standards and to implement some additional facilities changes. These updates to the Cinema, which you can read about in our official press release , are made possible thanks to a generous matching grant from the Mass Cultural Council and Mass Development.

We know many of you are eager to get back to the cinematic experience you know and love and we are so grateful for your enthusiasm. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we prepare for a safe and smooth reopening for all.

If you’d like to support the Cinema’s reopening, consider becoming a Member or renewing your Membership (and receive a free film pass redeemable once we reopen!). Or, make a tax-deductible donation to your favorite nonprofit, independent movie theater.
Thanks for all that you do to keep us going. It means the world to us.

Wishing you all the best,
Your friends at Amherst Cinema
Have you joined us for one of our recent Facebook Live Q&As? We've been talking with filmmakers, experts, and film subjects, and we invite you to join a future conversation or watch our past discussions. Click here to check it out.
We've announced our latest virtual seminar with local filmmaker and film expert Nina Kleinberg! Join us Wednesday, July 22 for "From Silents to Talkies: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN." This follows Nina's hit talks on CASABLANCA and SALT OF THE EARTH.
Now playing via Virtual Cinema

During our temporary closure, we're excited to bring you opportunities to watch new release titles on your home screen while directly supporting Amherst Cinema. When you watch these films at home, the cost of the digital "ticket" is split between the film distributor and Amherst Cinema - just like when you buy a ticket at the box office.
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Tragedy, comedy, music, and teenage angst are all subsumed in this eccentric cinematic tsunami about four orphans who form rock band and conquer the world. A New York Times Critic's Pick!
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New restoration! After decades in prison, stagecoach robber Bill Miner emerges in 1901 a man without a place in 20th century society, until he sees THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY and is again inspired to do what he does best.
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This doc explores the remarkable journey of openly gay Hong Kong singer Denise Ho from commercial Cantopop superstar to outspoken human rights activist. A New York Times Critic's Pick!
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Two intimate docs explore the identities of West African women at home and abroad by filmmaker Rosine Mbakam. FREE to Members! Join us for a Facebook Live Q&A with Rosine Mbakam on Wed, 7/15 at 3pm.
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Never-before-seen images and unheard interviews bring Ella Fitzgerald to life and tell the story of her music. Join us for a Facebook Live Q&A with Tom Reney, host of NEPM's Jazz à la Mode , on Mon, 7/13 at 7pm.
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This program presents new experimental films made by Chilean filmmakers, many never before screened theatrically. Watch our recent Q&A with curator Anto Astudillo and a number of filmmakers from THE PEOPLE'S REVOLT.
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This inspirational documentary depicts Olympic marathon runner Guor Maker's journey from refugee to world-renowned athlete. Watch our recent Q&A with Guor Maker, director Bill Gallagher, and B.J. Roche, UMass Amherst Department of Journalism.
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This doc chronicles John Lewis’ 60-plus years of activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform, and immigration.
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In this quirky mystery/comedy, a Scrabble-obsessed patriarch (Bill Nighy) investigates an online player who might be his estranged son.
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Journey into a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition and beyond, to the places Cézanne lived and worked.
Virtual Cinema is generously supported in part by Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee .
At-Home Cinema Selections

Find out where to stream some of Amherst Cinema's biggest hits! These modern-day classics are well worth revisiting, or enjoying for the first time if you missed them on our big screen. Today, we're featuring three documentaries covering subjects as wide-ranging as pop music history, the U.S. food industry, and the nature of family and identity.
dir. Andrew Slater, 2018
ECHO IN THE CANYON celebrates the explosion of popular music that came out of LA’s Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s as folk went electric and The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound. It was a moment (1965 to 1967) when bands came to LA to emulate The Beatles and Laurel Canyon emerged as a hotbed of creativity and collaboration for a new generation of musicians who would soon put an indelible stamp on the history of American popular music.

Available for streaming on Netflix and Kanopy .
dir. Robert Kenner, 2008
Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that's been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser ( Fast Food Nation ), Michael Pollan ( The Omnivore's Dilemma ) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield Farms' Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms' Joe Salatin, the film reveals how complicated and compromised the once simple process of growing crops and raising livestock to feed ourselves and our families has become.

dir. Tim Wardle, 2018
Three strangers are reunited by astonishing coincidence after being born identical triplets, separated at birth, and adopted by three different families. Their jaw-dropping, feel-good story instantly becomes a global sensation complete with fame and celebrity, however, the fairy-tale reunion sets in motion a series of events that unearth an unimaginable secret a secret with radical repercussions for us all. 

Looking for streaming selections from our staff, board, and volunteers? Check out our archive of At-Home Cinema Selections and look for more in upcoming e-newsletters throughout our temporary closure.
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