At long last, we are re-opening our doors after having shut down on March 15. We’ll be operating under special conditions and procedures, so please read this section carefully all the way to the end.
First off, we are extremely grateful to the many loyal customers who have provided us with both financial and moral support during these trying circumstances. Thank you for helping us weather this crisis. We love our customers!
For our first week, we will be open for just three days. We’ll be screening the aptly titled Save Yourselves! (rated R) on Fri. Oct. 23 through Sun. Oct. 25. We are not offering a double feature because of the difficulty of cleaning the theater between screenings. We’ll be playing a single feature starting at 7:00 PM. Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors 62 and over and children 18 and under. Please plan on arriving early.
We are not requiring advance payments, but due to our restricted capacity of 50 seats, we are asking everyone to reserve your seats on-line if you are planning on attending a screening this weekend. Preference will be given to those customers who registered in advance. Walk-ins will be accepted only if seats are still remaining after we’ve seated everyone who made reservations. If you have trouble with the reservation form, please email us or call the office at 585.271.1786. We will be taking payment in the box office when you arrive, and you are allowed to use movie passes (this is your chance to use those passes that you have so generously purchased during the lock-down!).
We must adhere to strict rules mandated by Governor Cuomo. Our capacity is being capped at a maximum of 50 attendees. We are also requiring everyone to abide by the following rules, most of which are specified by New York State:
- Masks must be worn at all times inside the theater – including during the movie – except when you are eating or drinking in your seat. The mask must cover both your nose and your mouth.
- Face shields are not an acceptable substitute for masks
- We cannot make exceptions for people who are unable to wear masks for medical reasons or for any other reason
- Seating is allowed only in designated seats
- You must maintain a distance of six feet or more from people who are not in your party
- Reusable drink containers are not allowed, including the promotional plastic cups that were being sold by the Cinema. We’ll still honor the $2 price for drinks if you tell us that you own a Cinema cup.
- Refills of drinks or popcorn will still be available for $1, but we will provide you with a fresh cup or bag.
- If you feel unwell, please stay at home
- Please throw out all your garbage when you leave the theater.
Couples may sit next to each other. Groups of three or four people who come in together can sit together, but only in specially designated seats. If you are with a group, please ask us for guidance when you arrive.
We are taking every precaution to keep you safe during your visit to the Cinema. We have installed special air filters, and we’ve also implemented a new Plexiglas barrier at the concession counter. We have battery-operated touchless dispensers for hand sanitizer, and we’re using special disinfecting cleaning products. We will be doing a thorough cleaning at the end of each night. We’ve also placed distancing markers on the floor. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us by email or by calling 585.271.1786.
Save Yourselves! was directed by Alex Huston Fischer and Eleanor Wilson, and stars Sunita Mani, John Paul Reynolds, and Ben Sinclair. A young Brooklyn couple head to an upstate cabin to unplug from their phones and reconnect with each other. Blissfully unaware of their surroundings, they are left to their own devices as the planet falls under attack. As strange events unfold, the couple must figure out a way back to civilization — or what’s left of it. Film critic Germain Lussier writes, “Though it starts with a seemingly simple sci-fi premise, Save Yourselves! is actually so much more. This is a film that’s funny and surprising but also smart, layered, and subtly thought-provoking.” The movie earned a critics’ rating of 88% on Rotten Tomatoes. Please fill out this on-line reservation form if you intend to see the movie this weekend. Advance payment is not required. Remember that our seating capacity is limited, so please reserve your seats in advance. Please plan on arriving early.
Movie schedule for Fri Oct 23 through Sun Oct 25:
7:00 PM Save Yourselves!
We are also continuing to offer virtual movies: Feels Good Man (not rated ), Herb Alpert is.. (NR), The Artist’s Wife (rated R), the documentary RBG (rated PG), Meeting the Beatles in India (not rated), The Dark Divide (not rated), Out Stealing Horses (NR), Critical Thinking (NR), Robin’s Wish (NR), The 24th (NR), Creem: America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine (NR), and Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind (NR). We regret that the virtual screenings do not come with the option to view the movies with captions, except for movies where the dialogue is in a foreign language. This week, Out Stealing Horses is being screened with English subtitles. If you have any technical issues with the virtual screenings, please reach out to us at 585.271.1786 or email us.
Feels Good Man was directed by Arthur Jones and stars Matt Furie. Artist Matt Furie, creator of the comic character Pepe the Frog, begins an uphill battle to take back his iconic cartoon image from those who used it for their own purposes. A cautionary tale on internet culture, Feels Good Man is a compelling look at an artist’s journey to salvage his creation. This documentary earned a rating of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes. You can rent the movie for $8. You’ll have two days in which to watch it.
Herb Alpert is... was directed by John Scheinfeld and stars Herb Alpert. This documentary is a joyous celebration of Herb Alpert’s life and career. It examines his roots not only as a musician but also as a painter, sculptor and a philanthropist. Film critic Bob Newcott writes, “The story of Herb Alpert is a lot more than a snappy greatest hits collection; it’s a deep dive into the agonies and ecstasies that drive profoundly creative people.” You can rent the movie for $12. You’ll have 30 days in which to watch it.
The Artist’s Wife was directed by Tom Dolby and stars Bruce Dern, Lena Olin and Juliet Rylance. Claire Smythson, wife of the renowned abstract artist Richard Smythson, is plunged into a late-life crisis when her husband is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and is in danger of not completing the paintings for his final show. Movie critic Gary Goldstein wrote that The Artist’s Wife is “an absorbing, at times moving look at a woman caught between her own artistic and emotional desires and her devotion to a man who doesn’t seem to deserve her”. You can rent the movie for $12. You’ll have three days in which to watch it.
RBG was directed by Betsy West and Julie Cohen. This documentary stars Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Gloria Steinem and Nina Totenberg. An intimate portrait of an unlikely rock star: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. With unprecedented access, the filmmakers explore how her early legal battles changed the world for women. Film critic Peter Bradshaw wrote, “This lively film tracks Ginsburg’s brilliant legal career, fighting for women’s workplace rights while shrewdly also taking on cases where men suffered discrimination.” The movie earned a rating of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes and was the most popular movie we screened at the Cinema in the last three years. You can purchase RBG for $6.99. This is not a rental, so there is no time limit for viewing the movie.
Meeting the Beatles in India was directed by Paul Saltzman. This documentary is about transcendental meditation, the quest for inner peace, prolific song-writing and the road to the White Album. In 1968 the Beatles travel to Rishikesh, India, to study transcendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. In one of the most anticipated Beatles documentaries, filmmaker Paul Saltzman retraces his journey of 50 years ago when he spent a life-changing time with John, Paul, George and Ringo. Half a century later he reveals previously unknown details of this pivotal moment in the Beatles’ career and the inner workings of the masterful White Album. You can rent the movie for $12. Please note that unlike most of our virtual screenings, you will have only 24 hours to finish viewing the movie.
The Dark Divide earned a rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie was directed by Tom Putnam and stars Debra Messing, David Cross, and David Koechner. The film is based on the story of renowned butterfly expert Robert Pyle (David Cross) who embarked on a life-changing trek through one of America’s most important unprotected wildlands in the summer of 1995. Movie critic Shaena Montanari wrote, “The Dark Divide will win over nature lovers with stunning visuals and an overarching message about the importance of conserving our unpredictable planet and relishing the beauty of exploring it. You can rent the movie for $10. You’ll have seven days in which to watch it.
Out Stealing Horses is directed by Hans Petter and stars Stellan Skarsgård, Bjørn Floberg and Tobias Santelmann. November 1999: 67-year-old Trond (Stellan Skarsgård), lives in self-imposed isolation and looks forward to welcoming in the new millennium alone. As winter arrives he meets one of his few neighbors, Lars (Bjørn Floberg), and realizes he knew him back in the summer of 1948. 1948 — the year Trond turned 15. The summer Trond grew up. Out Stealing Horses is based on the bestselling novel by Norwegian author Per Petterson. Film critic Deborah Young writes that the movie is “…a hugely accomplished meditation on life, guilt and responsibility.” Immediately following the film there will be a pre-recorded discussion between Stellan Skarsgård and director Hans Peter Moller. You can rent the movie for $12. You’ll have three days in which to watch it.
Critical Thinking was directed by and stars John Leguizamo. Also starring Rachel Bay Johns and Michael Kenneth Williams. Based on a true story from 1998, five LatinX and Black teenagers from the toughest underserved ghetto in Miami fight their way into the National Chess Championship under the guidance of their unconventional but inspirational teacher. The movie earned a rating of 89% from Rotten Tomatoes. Movie critic Anita Katz wrote, “Leguizamo’s storytelling features lively interactions, embraceable characters and credibly depicted struggles. The tournament scenes contain sports-movie adrenaline.” You can rent the movie for $7. You’ll have two days to watch it.
Robin’s Wish is a documentary that was directed by Tylor Norwood, starring Susan Schneider Williams and Shawn Levy. Robin’s Wish tells the powerful true story of actor/comedian Robin Williams’ final days. For the first time, Robin’s fight against a deadly neurodegenerative disorder, known as Lewy body dementia, is depicted in detail. Through a gripping journalistic lens, this incredible story sheds an entirely new light on the tragedy, beauty and power behind the mind of one of the greatest entertainers of all time. You can rent Robin’s Wish for $7. You’ll have two days to watch it.
The 24th was directed by Kevin Willmott and stars Trai Byers, Bashir Salahuddin, and Aja Naomi King. This movie tells the incredibly powerful and timely true story of the all-black Twenty-Fourth United States Infantry Regiment, and the Houston Riot of 1917. The Houston Riot was a mutiny by 156 African American soldiers in response to the brutal violence and abuse at the hands of Houston police officers. The riot, which lasted two hours, led to the death of nine civilians, four policemen and two soldiers and resulted in the largest murder trial in history, which sentenced a total of 60 men. You can rent the movie for $7, and you will have two days to watch it.
The documentary Creem: America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine was directed by Scott Crawford and stars Alice Cooper, Cameron Crowe and Joan Jett. Capturing the messy upheaval of the ’70s just as rock was re-inventing itself, the film explores CREEM Magazine’s humble beginnings in post-riot Detroit, follows its upward trajectory from underground paper to national powerhouse — spotlighting iconic features, interviews, and anecdotes along the way — then bears witness to its imminent demise following the tragic and untimely deaths of its visionary publisher, Barry Kramer, and its most famous alum and genius clown prince, Lester Bangs, a year later. Fifty years after publishing its first issue, “America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine” remains a seditious spirit in music and culture. This documentary earned a rating of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes. You can rent the movie for $10. You’ll have three days to watch it.
Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind is a documentary directed by Joan Tosoni and Martha Kehoe. It stars Gordon Lightfoot, Sarah McLachlan and Steve Earle. This documentary is an exploration of the career, music, and influence of legendary Canadian musical icon Gordon Lightfoot. With unprecedented access to the artist, the documentary follows Lightfoot’s evolution from Christian choirboy to troubled troubadour to international star and beloved Canadian icon. The movie received a rating of 87% on Rotten Tomatoes. You can rent the movie for $10. You’ll have three days to watch it.
We have suspended our membership program for the time being. But if you wish to support us, please consider purchasing some books of movie passes, or perhaps making an outright gift to the Cinema. There is no expiration date on the movie passes, but we regret that they are not valid for the online “virtual” screenings that we are now offering.
– Audrey Kramer and Alex Chernavsky
Co-owners of the Cinema Theater