Little Art Cinema

19 School Street,
Rockport, MA 01966

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Functions: Movies (Classic), Movies (Foreign)

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 978.309.8593

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Little Art Cinema

This small single-screen seasonal cinema in the seaside Massachusetts beach and resort town of Rockport is located on the second floor of a building called Spiran Hall. The concession stand and ticket-purchase area are located on the first floor.

Walk up the winding staircase to the second level and you enter a pleasant but slightly musty auditorium with seating on a single flat level amid a moderately tattered environment. The small place has real character and is of the kind that is sadly disappearing from America.

The programming of mostly art-house movies of recent vintage is appropriate and reflects the interests and tastes of the clientele that spend time in the area and patronize the place.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 26, 2007 at 12:07 pm

I stated in the description that I thought it was seasonal. I could not find a web site of its own, only comments on other sites by people who had visited the place and commented on its funkiness, shaky projection, etc. The owner generously allowed me to enter the auditorium even though it was a few hours before the evening show. Then he got upset when I was about to take a photo. I basically just stumbled on the place on a daytrip to Rockport by MBTA from Boston.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on August 27, 2007 at 10:39 am

I spent summers in Rockport/Gloucester in the 1940s and early-1950s and I am 95 % certain that there was no movie show in this building back then.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 28, 2007 at 11:08 am

The second floor auditorium seems to have existed long before the space was leased for cinema use. It might have been an all-purpose hall, for meetings, socials, dances. The floor is hardwood and flat. I should have enquired.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 4, 2009 at 11:26 am

The 1927 Film Daily Yearbook lists one movie venue for Rockport, the Town Hall with 800 seats.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 29, 2010 at 11:26 am

I have heard that the Little Art has reopened for the summer season.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 30, 2010 at 11:55 am

I talked to a friend who is in theaters yesterday and he was the one who told me that the Little Art had recently opened for the season; he even gave me the name of the movie, which I promptly forgot.

TLSLOEWS on June 30, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Ron I believe the building they are housed in has been there since 1890 as a town hall sort of place.I agree that they did not show movies back then,it just looks good in their advertising.I believe that this was stated in Geralds post above.

CineSister on August 29, 2011 at 6:30 am

I have a summer house in Rockport, and sadly, the Little Art did not open this season.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 4, 2012 at 6:44 am

CineSister: you sure about that? The blog at implies that he attended a movie there recently.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 1, 2015 at 12:03 pm

This venue has been open during the Summer 2015 season. “Someone Who Was There” visited last week; also saw the fairly new performing arts center there in Rockport – the Shalin Liu Performance Center.

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