Friends,

Flowers are in bloom, skies are blue, days are warmer and longer—spring is finally in full swing! We hope this beautiful weather lifts you up and assures you that better days are ahead.

Here at Amherst Cinema, we’re dreaming of the day when our screens will light up again. We don’t yet know when that will be, but we’re beginning to plan for our reopening so that we can welcome you back in the safest way possible. The health and safety of our community is our top priority and we will do our very best to ensure that the Cinema is a place where you can once again feel at ease.

But we need your help to get there. Contributions are a significant piece of our operating budget all year round, but during this closure they make up our entire operating budget. Your gifts now come at a time when we need them most. Please consider supporting your favorite nonprofit, independent movie theater at this critical moment. Your Memberships, tax-deductible donations, and Virtual Cinema tickets will plant the seeds for a flourishing film future in Western Massachusetts.
Your generous support has sustained us these past two months and reminds us just how lucky we are to have you in our corner. We are so grateful.

Click below for an uplifting video message about our future, full of heartwarming footage from our past!
Wishing you all the best,
Your friends at Amherst Cinema
Wednesday evening’s Zoom Seminar on CASABLANCA with film expert Nina Kleinberg was fantastic! Thank you to everyone who attended (over 120 of you!) for making our first live virtual event such a success and for supporting us with your ticket purchases. We look forward to bringing you more live programming soon.
Opening today in Virtual Cinema : a 4K restoration of art house masterpiece SÁTÁNTANGÓ , gay love story JOSÉ , and New Orleans music doc UP FROM THE STREETS . Join a live Q&A with UP FROM THE STREETS director Michael Murphy and jazz musician Terence Blanchard this Saturday, May 16 at 7pm EST for more on New Orleans’ vibrant music scene.
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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JOS É  is a gripping, layered, and beautifully honest story about one working-class young man’s struggle to find himself. Made in the neorealist filmmaking tradition, it's a nuanced and vivid look at being gay in Central America.
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This documentary traces the evolution and impact of New Orleans music and how it has had a profound effect on culture and social movements in the U.S. and beyond.
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Don't miss a new 4K restoration of this art house holy grail from Hungarian auteur Béla Tarr. This masterpiece is ranked at #36 on BFI’s Critic’s Poll of the 100 Greatest Films Ever Made, tied with METROPOLIS and PSYCHO.
Last day Sunday 5/17
Bigger, brighter, bolder! Change is in the air with these fun shorts from the New York International Children's Film Festival, brimming with clever stories of growth and transformation. KID FLICKS 1 is built for children ages 3 to 7, and KID FLICKS 2 for ages 8+.
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Explore the small but fascinating world of antiquarian booksellers with this doc, both a loving celebration of book culture and an exploration of the future of the book. Click here to watch yesterday's conversation between General Manager George Myers and BOOKSELLERS subject Tom Lecky.
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In this surreal black comedy of middle-aged masculinity gone awry, Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin (THE ARTIST) is a recent divorcee who becomes obsessed with a vintage fringed deerskin jacket that begins to exert an uncanny hold on him.
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This captivating doc is an eye-opening journey through wealth and powera film that interrogates the assumption that accumulation of capital runs hand in hand with social progress.
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Todd and Rory are intellectual soul mates. He might be gay. She might not care. Writer-director-star James Sweeney delivers a razor sharp screwball rom-com that’s both Classical Hollywood and distinctly 21st century.
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This dazzling documentary describes the life and craft of abstract artist Hilma af Klint who, in 1906, began to create an unprecedented series of huge, colorful, sensual, strange works. A New York Times Critic's Pick!
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. For today's edition, we're going way, way back to 2018, which feels like both yesterday and a decade ago.
SORRY TO BOTHER YOU
dir. Boots Riley, 2018
RBG
dir. Julie Cohen & Betsy West, 2018
RBG explores the exceptional life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice  Ruth Bader Ginsburg , who has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon.

BLACKKKLANSMAN
dir. Spike Lee, 2018
Ron Stallworth ( John David Washington) , the first African-American police officer on the Colorado Springs Police Department, attempts to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan and become the head of the local chapter. BLACKKKLANSMAN earned Spike Lee his first-ever Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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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