Bethel Cinema

269 Greenwood Avenue,
Bethel, CT 06801

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Bethel Cinema

Great, cozy art-house cinema, featuring a diverse and well-stocked refreshment stand including real butter for the popcorn. Bethel Cinema is not a “classic” theater, architecture-wise, but it does deliver a sense of what fun it used to be to go to the movies.

Management publishes a periodic newsletter, outlining the various films being shown. One of the auditoriums is of a decent size, the others are about half that size. This little place beats the megaplexes, hands down!

Contributed by Bob Whitworth

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shoeshoe14 on June 26, 2006 at 6:50 am

So. They finally have a website but there’s no theater history on it. I’ll talk to my friend Liz who is the GM and have her put it up soon. It’s

Also, they’ve again opened the cafe next door. Don’t know the name but let’s hope it lasts longer than the other two incarnations.

meghankavs on October 29, 2007 at 10:12 pm

The restaurant next door is simply called “Bethel Café” and is run by general manager, Michele Crosby for over a year now. It is a really family-friendly place which offers a very large variety of meals. they are open for lunch wed-sunday, dinner everyday, and brunch on saturdays and sundays. the hours are as follows:
monday& tuesday- 5:30pm to 7:30pm
wed & thurs- 11am to 7:30pm
friday & saturday- 11am-9:30pm
sunday- 9am to 7:30pm

come stop in and check it out….great little place…and the food is excellent.

shoeshoe14 on December 3, 2007 at 2:25 pm

Went to the Film Fest this past weekend. The few films I saw weren’t well attended, maybe 1/3 full. This year they did it as regular prices, matinees and after 6pm full price. Theater 3 of the 4 was the film festival location with presentations by Tom Carruthers before each block of films. It was great.

shoeshoe14 on June 2, 2008 at 2:48 pm

Just thought I’d let you all know that the cinema still uses 35mm film. That makes me feel better when I watch movies there. Thought it was all DVD projector stuff, but my friend’s the projectionist and she showed me everything.

Jeffrey1955 on June 2, 2008 at 7:21 pm

“my friend’s the projectionist and she showed me everything.”

Ah, to be young again.

shoeshoe14 on June 30, 2008 at 4:35 pm

My friend just told me the new owners raised prices and not by a little. Everyone has been complaining for the last week and she urges them to complain with the suggestion box, and the owners are never there, so they workers have to endure the brunt of it.

Adult admission will remain at 9.50, but they raised senior citizens to 7.50! and students as well and matinees – student discounts are only during the week and not weekends. no more ladies nights and no more $6 all day monday.

The owner is the Prez of Focus Features and I chatted with him at length as have others and he says there are no independent films anywhere, which is what Bethel Cinema patrons want and love. He’s the Prez! No indies, my butt. He was just at Cannes.

shoeshoe14 on November 20, 2008 at 12:29 pm

Former Bethel Cinema owner Paul Schuyler, now manager of Bank Street Theatre in New Milford was on the front page of the News-Times yesterday holding some film and digital film. They are the first theater in the area to make the move to digital projection, not even the big area multiplex is doing this yet.

Tomorrow night they are showing Disney’s 3-D movie, “Bolt”. This week they are opening one new digital screening room for about $100,000. Soon the other 2 rooms will change. He touted that a digital film’s 1000th viewing is as crisp as the first showing but that film offers a “certain warmth and flicker”.

Yesterday and today at 7pm, before “Bolt” opens, they will show off their new digital screen at $5 showings of 3-D film, “Fly me to the Moon.”

Bethel Cinema manager Maria Schrader was quoted.

Jeffrey1955 on December 2, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Gee…“a digital film’s 1000th viewing is as crisp as the first showing but…film offers a ‘certain warmth and flicker’…” sounds amazingly like what they were saying when music CDs came out about 25-30 years ago; now vinyl is making a comeback and people have long complained about a lack of “warmth” in digital recordings. The more things change…

bicyclereporter on November 6, 2012 at 7:55 pm

my friend is their Projection Manager. She just posted a FB pic of their all new digital units. They step into the next century.

tommie63 on October 20, 2013 at 1:00 pm

I was a teenager in Bethel in 1976 and it was surprising that a tiny town of 12,000 people had a porn theater the “Penthouse Cinema”. Glad to know it has survived and is showing mainstream films.

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