Filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard once said, “The cinema is truth at 24 frames per second,” making slo-mo sports replays and sped-up Benny Hill gags nothing but cruel, cruel lies. Get the real deal with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get a movie package for two at The Screening Room Cinema Café in Amherst (a $25 value). The package includes:
- Two movie tickets (a $6 value each)
- Two drinks (beer, wine, or soda; a $4 value each)
- Popcorn (a $5 value)
The Screening Room Cinema Café provides an upscale and sophisticated movie-going experience. Comfortably snuggled at small café tables, duos get a clear view of their selected indie, classic, or art-house flick—even clearer than traditional views from behind the cut-out eye slots of creepy wall-mounted paintings. Upcoming attractions include multiple showings of the 1927 German expressionist film Metropolis, restored and rereleased with a pop-rock soundtrack by Giorgio Moroder in 1984, and The Sound of Music, which follows a spirited young woman during her transition from nun to courtroom sketch artist. While guests nosh on popcorn and enjoy a thirst quencher, memories of candy-coated multiplex seats and soda-soaked fire-escape stairs will vanish into forgotten, VHS-taped memories.
The Screening Room Cinema Cafe
The theater at The Screening Room Cinema Cafe bears more of a resemblance to an intimate club than a multiplex, seating its guests at small tables so they can sip on beer and wine during films. The floor-level screen flashes with arthouse cinema, including new indie flicks and cult favorites, as well as classics from cinematic giants such as Alfred Hitchcock and Steven Spielberg. In addition to its usual screenings, the café also hosts poetry nights, film festivals, and high-definition broadcasts of sports games recorded by a mascot with a giant camera for a head.