About Us

ABOUT US  - Theater & Programming

Amherst Cinema is an independent, nonprofit arts and education center brimming with world class programs – thanks to support from our patrons, Members and donors!  Our comfortable, fully accessible theater offers state-of-the-art projection and sound and is a welcoming crossroads for all.

We present over 200 films a year on four screens in more than 20 languages, plus a stunning array of plays, dance and music performances in HD from internationally known artists and companies.  

See-Hear-Feel-Film, our groundbreaking arts education program for school children, uses the immense power of cinema to inspire creative writing by young learners.

 

PROGRAMS

► Current–Release Films – the core of our programming

▪ Oscar® winners, major art house hits, and scores of new film gems

▪ Independent and world cinema – feature films, documentaries, shorts

 

► Plays, Dance and Music in HD on the Big Screen

▪ Plays from Broadway, Britain’s National Theatre, Stratford Festival and world-wide

▪ Moscow’s legendary Bolshoi Ballet.

▪ Musical performances and much more.

 

► Film Series and Retrospectives

▪  Special programs on a range of topics such as animation, architecture, baseball, birds, comedies, dance, energy policy, film noir, food policy, French film, Italian film, Jewish themes, music (rock, jazz, pop, soul, gospel, classical, etc.),  nature, peacebuilding, photography, poetry, U.S. and world history, and science, medicine and technology.

▪  Retrospectives of masterpieces that changed the way films were made and watched.

▪  Collaborations with colleagues from the region’s institutions of higher learning, experts in science, technology and medicine, and professionals from many other respected nonprofits.  

 

► Filmmakers, Writers, Directors and Other Artists  - Visits

▪ Screenings hosted with internationally known and emerging artists, including Ken Burns, John Sayles, Siegfried Kühn, Cynthia Lowen, Ivy Meeropol, Hanna Sawka and many more.

 

► Children’s Arts Education:  See-Hear-Feel-Film

Amherst Cinema uses the immense power of the visual image to inspire creative writing in young learners.  Over 1,000 third graders participate each year from public schools throughout the Pioneer Valley.  Over half of the students come from underserved public schools and all attend on scholarship.  [link to http://amherstcinema.org/education]

 

PHYSICAL FACILITY

Our three-screen main theater was newly built in 2006 and features state-of-the-art projection, Dolby sound and comfortable stadium seating.  Our intimate Studio Theater, located just steps away, opened in 2012.  All of our theaters are fully wheelchair accessible and offer assistive hearing devices. 

 

PROGRAMMING DECISIONS

All decisions about film selection are made by our programming experts who know film and who know our audiences, and who love film, as our audiences do.

Connie White of Balcony Booking, www.balconyfilm.com and David Mazor of Amherst MA program our first-run films. Connie White handles booking for our theater as well.

 

OUR ORGANIZATION

Our Members and patrons come from throughout Western Massachusetts and beyond.

Amherst Cinema Arts Center, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-qualified organization.  All gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.  Our federal tax ID # is 04-3456950.  We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors committed to our mission, which is “To inspire, inform and entertain through the universal language of cinema arts and to serve as a cultural and educational resources for all.”

We are proud to be part of a vibrant downtown center and to be a catalyst in the rich cultural economy of Western Massachusetts.