for our community




June 5th at 7PM!


Shakespeare at the BBC
Salem Cinema is celebrating William Shakespeare's 400th anniversary with a FREE three-movie series in partnership with BBC Worldwide North America! To ensure seating, pick up your tickets today at our box office during regular business hours... tickets for the remaining two screenings available now!


The Taming of the Shrew (2005)
Monday, May 2nd at 7PM 

Starring Shirley Henderson, Rufus Sewell, Twiggy Lawson and David Mitchell. In this modern retelling of Shakespeare's comedy, Katherine Minola (Shirley Henderson) is a temperamental yet successful politician, and everyone, from her party chairman to her sister, wants her to get married. Is passionate, eccentric Petruchio (Rufus Sewell) the answer to her prayers? 

Simon Schama's
Shakespeare and Us (2012) 
Monday, May 16th at 7PM

Featuring interviews with Judi Dench, Tim Pigott-Smith, Andrew Scott. In this riveting documentary, acclaimed historian Simon Schama argues that it is impossible to understand how Shakespeare came to belong "to all time" without first understanding just how much he 
was of his time.


Born To Be Blue
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United States. 2016. Directed by Robert Budreau. (97 mins.) Rated R.

Ethan Hawke lights up the screen as jazz legend Chet Baker, whose tumultuous life is thrillingly reimagined with wit, verve, and style to burn. In the 1950s, Baker was one of the most famous trumpeters in the world, renowned as both a pioneer of the West Coast jazz scene and an icon of cool. By the 1960s, he was all but washed up, his career and personal life in shambles due to years of heroin addiction. In his innovative anti-biopic, director Robert Budreau zeroes in on Baker's life at a key moment in the 1960s, just as the musician attempts to stage a hard-fought comeback, spurred in part by a passionate romance with a new flame (Carmen Ejogo). Creatively blending fact with fiction and driven by Hawke's virtuoso performance, Born to Be Blueunfolds with all the stylistic brio and improvisatory genius of great jazz.



Sing Street
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Ireland/UK. 2016. Directed by John Carney. (106 mins.) Rated PG-13.

From director John Carney (ONCE, BEGIN AGAIN), SING STREET takes us back to 1980s Dublin seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy named Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) who is looking for a break from a home strained by his parents' relationship and money troubles, while trying to adjust to his new inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher. He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious, über-cool and beautiful Raphina (Lucy Boynton), and with the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band's music videos. There's only one problem: he's not part of a band...yet. She agrees, and now Conor must deliver what he's promised - calling himself "Cosmo" and immersing himself in the vibrant rock music trends of the decade, he forms a band with a few lads, and the group pours their heart into writing lyrics and shooting videos. Inspired by writer/director John Carney's life and love for music, SING STREET shows us a world where music has the power to take us away from the turmoil of everyday life and transform us into something greater.



A Bigger Splash
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Italy/France. 2016. Directed by Luca Guadagnino. (124 mins.) Rated R. In English with some Italian

In A BIGGER SPLASH, rock legend Marianne Lane (Tilda Swinton) is recuperating on the volcanic island of Pantelleria with her partner Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts) when iconoclast record producer and old flame Harry (Ralph Fiennes) unexpectedly arrives with his daughter Penelope (Dakota Johnson) and interrupts their holiday, bringing with him an A-bomb blast of nostalgia from which there can be no rescue. A BIGGER SPLASH is a sensuous portrait of desire, jealousy and rock and roll, under the Mediterranean sun.



The Meddler
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United States. 2016. Directed by Lorene Scafaria. (100 mins.) Rated PG-13.

THE MEDDLER follows Marnie Minervini (Susan Sarandon), recent widow and eternal optimist, as she moves from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be closer to her daughter (Rose Byrne). Armed with an iPhone and a full bank account, Marnie sets out to make friends, find her purpose, and possibly open up to someone new.


The Lobster
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Ireland/UK. 2016. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. (118 mins.) Rated R.

In this highly imaginative, delightfully absurdist comedy from visionary director Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth), Colin Farrell stars as David, a man who has just been dumped by his wife.  To make matters worse, David lives in a society where single people have 45 days to find true love, or else they are turned into the animal of their choice and released into the woods.  David is kept at the mysterious HOTEL while he searches for a new partner, and after several romantic misadventures decides to make a daring escape to abandon this world. He ultimately joins up with a rebel faction known as The Loners, a group founded on a complete rejection of romance. But once there David meets an enigmatic stranger (Rachel Weisz) who stirs up unexpected and strong feelings within him.


Reel Change For Our Community presents
, a benefit for Salem Friends of Felines

Sunday, June 5th at 7PM followed by Q&A with director Justin Zimmerman
all seats $12 • advance tickets available at our box office during regular business hours or online here (with a handling fee from our ticketing company)
no coupons, passes or CineBucks accepted for special events

United States. 2016. Directed by Justin Zimmerman. (73 mins.) Not Rated.

"It's BLACKHAWK DOWN meets BLACKFISH and an unforgettable experience for anyone who's shared a bond with an animal."

SMART is a groundbreaking feature-length documentary about a group of highly trained, adrenaline-fueled professionals who risk life and limb to rescue animals! They’re Los Angeles’ Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team, and they save anything and everything, wild or domestic, from an array of dangerous situations. Shot over the course of three years, SMART follows team lead Armando Navarrete as he helps lift a horse from a river by helicopter, tranquilizes a deer in Pee-Wee Herman’s back yard and falls five stories from the top of a tree. But the rescues come at great cost, both on personal and professional levels, while there’s another struggle being fought behind the bars at the animal shelters. Armando refuses to let an animal die alone in the dark, but in the end, Armando may be trying to rescue himself.



Justin Zimmerman is a nationally recognized filmmaker and professor. He has taught in multiple colleges and programs and his production company, Bricker-Down Productions, has been the recipient of several national awards. Zimmerman graduated from Ohio State and from Ohio University with degrees in English and Film, respectively.  Zimmerman writes for Cisco systems, started the film program at Portland State University, directs, shoots and edits documentary projects for Getty Images and a variety of independent filmmakers and writes feature length scripts and independent comic books. Recent film projects include the award-winning narrative "Kids for Kidnapping" (Salem Film Festival 2011 NW Emerging Artist Winner) and the international documentary "The Titanic of Southampton." Recent comic projects include collections of "The Killing Jar" and "Other Worlds."

SALEM FRIENDS OF FELINES is a limited admissions rescue that believes in helping every kitty they can, by ensuring it will not reproduce an unwanted litter of kittens and by also helping those that are abandoned, unwanted and homeless find a loving forever family home. Every life matters! SFOF offers spay and neuter assistance through a voucher program. Their goal is to help with the problem of cat over-population.


Sunset Song
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UK/Luxembourg. 2016. Directed by Terence Davies. (135 mins.) Not Rated.

Set in the rural community of Kinraddie, Scotland, this film is driven by the young heroine Chris and her intense passion for life, for the unsettled Ewan and for the unforgiving land. As the approaching war brings the modern world to bear on the rural community, Chris must endure against the hardships of rural Scottish life and draw strength from this ancient land.


Maggie's Plan
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United States. 2016. Directed by Rebecca Miller. (92 mins.) Rated R.

 In Rebecca Miller's witty modern romantic comedy MAGGIE'S PLAN, Greta Gerwig portrays Maggie Hardin, a vibrant and practical thirty-something New Yorker working in education, who without success in finding love, decides now is the time to have a child on her own. But when she meets John Harding (Ethan Hawke), an anthropology professor and struggling novelist, Maggie falls in love for the first time, and adjusts her plans for motherhood. Complicating matters, John is in an unhappy marriage with Georgette Harding (Julianne Moore), an ambitious academic who is driven by her work. With some help from Maggie's eccentric and hilarious best friends, married couple Tony (Bill Hader) and Felicia (Maya Rudolph), Maggie sets in motion a new plan that intertwines their lives and connects them in surprising and humorous ways. Maggie learns that sometimes destiny should be left to its own devices. MAGGIE'S PLAN is a sweet, sophisticated and funny exploration of the unexpected complexities of modern romance, mixing heart and humor in a story of the delightful variability of relationships over the course of time.


Dark Horse
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UK. 2015. Directed by Louise Osmond. (85 mins.) Rated PG.

 Set in a former mining village in Wales, DARK HORSE is the inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men's club who decide to take on the elite 'sport of kings' and breed themselves a racehorse. Raised on a slagheap allotment, their foal grows into an unlikely champion, beating the finest thoroughbreds in the land, before suffering a near fatal accident. Nursed back to health by the love of his owners - for whom he's become a source of inspiration and hope - he makes a remarkable recovery, returning to the track for a heart-stopping comeback.


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