Little Art Cinema

19 School Street,
Rockport, MA 01966

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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

Recent comments (view all 19 comments)

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 29, 2010 at 6:36 pm

The website isn’t much use if it doesn’t tell you what movies are playing.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 30, 2010 at 10:45 am

In one place on the website Rockport is called “Rockford”. Kinda careless!

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 30, 2010 at 10:52 am

And do they really want to advertise that they show ‘Adult Films’ ?

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 30, 2010 at 11:13 am

I don’t have a problem with Adult films, but while we are critiqueing their website, what is their justification for claiming that they have been serving “Rockford” movie fans since 1890?? There weren’t any movie fans in 1890 because there weren’t any movies!! How do they trace themselves back to 1890? Was that when their building was opened??

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 30, 2010 at 11:29 am

I tried to e-mail , the address listed on the website, and that bounced.

Is this place really open?

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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