Railroad Square Cinema

17 Railroad Square,
Waterville, ME 04901

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Railroad Square Cinema

Independently owned the original Railroad Square Cinema opened on October 5, 1978 with Humphry Bogart in “Casablanca”. A former abandoned warehouse located by railroad tracks (hence the name). The Railroad Square Cinema was started by six friends who loved films. In October 1994, the original structure was destroyed in a fire. Through fund raising and donations from the local community the current structure was built. It reopened on July 12, 1995.

The theatre now has three screens and is the home of Maine’s International Film Festival which started in 1998. I recently got to go to this theatre on a visit to Maine. From the outside you would not take it for a movie theatre.

The screening rooms are small; however, the sound is good, and the seat are comfortable. More important are the films that they show. Independent, foreign, etc. If you are ever in Central Maine, it is worth a visit. It was closed on November 23, 2022 with Humphry Bogart in “Casablanca”.

On December 17, 2022, the Railroad Square Cinema will relocate to a new downtown building named the Paul J. SchupF Arts Center on the 3rd floor.

Contributed by John Greco

Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

mhvbear on July 13, 2005 at 8:27 am

From their flier for the MIFF the theaters seat 150/90/48.
They are also using the grand old Opera House which seats 940.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 16, 2011 at 11:00 am

The Railroad Square in Waterville has been named one of the top 5 movie theaters in New England by Yankee Magazine.

TLSLOEWS on February 9, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Sure does not look like a theatre.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 13, 2011 at 5:11 pm

I agree looks like a sea food place.Lets make theatres look like theatres!

mhvbear on December 4, 2012 at 10:44 am

Organizers of the Maine International Film Festival plan to buy Railroad Square Cinema to help guarantee the cinema’s long-term health.


Digital projection to be installed in January. Theaters seat: 1 – 150, 2 – 90, 3 – 48.

rivest266 on August 12, 2022 at 10:50 am

This opened on October 5th, 1978, with “Casablanca”. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on August 12, 2022 at 10:51 am

Website’s down, but still open.

rivest266 on August 12, 2022 at 1:26 pm

Correction reopened July 12th, 1995.

mhvbear on November 26, 2022 at 4:21 pm

Closed Wednesday November 23, 2022 with “Casablanca” showing on all 3 screens. The original theater opened with Casablanca. Will reopen on December 17th in a new location Downton Waterville in the new art building connected to the Waterville Opera House. There will be 3 theaters on the second floor of the Paul J. Schupf Art Center

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