1 East India Square Mall,
Salem, MA 01970

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Cinema Salem (Official)

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Previously operated by: Loews, Patriot Cinemas, Sack Theatres, USA Cinemas

Functions: Movies (Classic), Movies (Independent), Movies (Revival)

Previous Names: Salem Flick, Patriot Cinemas at the Museum Place Mall

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 978.644.5111

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Interior view at CinemaSalem

This theatre opened in 1982 as a Sack Cinema. Sack became USA Cinemas in 1985 and was bought by Loews in 1988. Loews closed it in 1995, but it reopened later that year as the independent Salem Flick. Later it became part of the local Patriot Cinemas chain, but Patriot closed it in October, 2005.

It reopened once more as the locally-owned CinemaSalem on June 2, 2006 and an 18-seat fourth screen was added.

It was closed on March 16, 2020 due to the mandatory closing of all movie theatre during the Covid-109 Pandemic. It was announced on June 3, 2020 that the CinemaSalem would be permanently closed. It had reopened on June 4, 2021, operating with 3-screens due to social distancing.

Contributed by CinemaJunkie, Ron Newman

Recent comments (view all 24 comments)

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on March 27, 2006 at 1:58 am

Wow! This is great news!

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 3, 2006 at 10:36 am

This theatre reopened last night, according to news reports and the theatre’s web site. The following information should be changed:

Name –> CinemaSalem
Status –> Open
Function –> Movies!
Address –> One East India Square, Salem MA 01970
Phone –> 978 744-1400
Official Website –>

The first week’s features: The Break-up, Over the Hedge, and a revival of The Wizard of Oz. Also, an independent documentary, Hand of God, will be shown next Thursday only.

PNRNetworks on July 31, 2008 at 12:12 pm

I just want to say that while we haven’t had a chance to visit CinemaSalem yet to review it for our site’s ongoing MetroBoston CinemaTour, their weekly newsletter is a scream! Paul Van Ness does a fantastic job of talking up each week’s fare, and he’s absolutely hilarious much of the time. I’ve had some e-mail contact with him as well, and he’s truly a cinema lover, so lets hope CS can continue on and on from this point on…

chitchatjf on May 25, 2009 at 8:44 pm

They now have 4 screens

nspunx4 on April 12, 2010 at 12:10 am

Cinema Salem has 3 screens. Always have and always will (unless the mall does a major remodel or the theatre is torn down) and I should know I installed the 35mm projection and sound equipment for Cinema Salem when they reopened it.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on September 21, 2010 at 5:24 am

The website says it has 4 screens, and lists 4 films starting at times between 7 and 8 pm.

BUT, one of the films is listed as “Presented in our intimate 18-seat screening room”.

CSWalczak on December 6, 2012 at 8:48 am

As is the case with so many small, independent theaters, this theater’s survival is threatened by the need to convert to digital and has launched a fund-raising drive: View article

da_Bunnyman on March 9, 2018 at 3:29 am

Sack Theaters opened this triple with a fairly big arcade next door. The arcade was never kept up to date and looked fairly run down after a few years. Not sure when it closed but the space was converted to another store by the mall.

PNRNetworks on June 3, 2020 at 4:04 pm

CinemaSalem has announced it’s closure – Owner Paul Van Ness sent the following out in an email this morning:

On June 2, 2006, CinemaSalem opened its doors for the first time for a special free screening of The Wizard of Oz. After exactly 14 years of showing movies, launching film festivals, promoting cultural conversation, and popping tons of popcorn, CinemaSalem is closing. (Of course, we’ve actually been closed since March 16 when the state’s efforts to restrict the spread of the coronavirus required movie theaters to shutter.)

We have been working hard over the past six months to recruit new operators for the theater, and we succeeded in finding two well-qualified parties with creative business plans and community-oriented visions. But once the pandemic hit, neither believed they could find a way to make the numbers add up to a sustainable business.

Though the closing is sad, the time we’ve spent running CinemaSalem has been sweet as an opportunity to personally get to know hundreds of great people in the North Shore community and become much more aware of the richness of the local arts and culture scene. It’s been a profoundly joyful experience. We want to acknowledge the contributions made by many people and organizations around Salem, especially the Salem Film Fest organization, and Rinus Oosthoek and the Salem Chamber of Commerce.

And we are deeply grateful to the large number of amazing people who worked at CinemaSalem over our colorful history. They were hard-working, entertaining, diverse, intelligent, quirky, hilarious and dedicated. We especially want to express appreciation to our incomparable long-time managers, Kereth, Shanna, and Peter.

Finally, we want to acknowledge the CinemaSalem community, the 829,741 people who bought tickets to movies and live events at our independent downtown movie theater over the past 14 years. You made it such a fun and vibrant place!

Thank you.

Paul Van Ness

chitchatjf on July 5, 2021 at 12:42 am

You should relist this as open with only 3 screens (The 18 seat screening room may be seen as impractical in the days of physical distancing)

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