Railroad Square Cinema

17 Railroad Square,
Waterville, ME 04901

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Independently owned the original Railroad Square Cinema opened in 1978. A former abandoned warehouse located by railroad tracks (hence the name). The Railroad Square Cinema was started by six friends who loved films. In 1994, the original structure was destroyed in a fire. Through fund raising and donations from the local community the current structure was built.

The theater 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 theater on a vist to Maine. From the outside you would not take it for a movie theater.

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.

Contributed by John Greco

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

mhvbear
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.

joesorce
joesorce on April 8, 2009 at 10:28 am

A dump, but the only place to see alternative cinema in Central Maine.

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
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
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.

http://www.onlinesentinel.com/news/festival-organizersto-purchase-cinema-at-railroad-square_2012-12-03.html

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

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