Salem, Mass., also known as Witch City, likely garners the most attention on the planet during the Halloween season. Its land size may be just 18.1 square miles: the depth and breadth of Salem’s history is immeasurable.
Visitors to this famous seaside community may want to learn about Salem in a unique way. Take time to see two documentary 3D films at Cinema Salem, which portray the real essence of the city; “The Spirit of Salem,” and “The True 1692.”
Cinema Salem, an independent community theater, is at One East India Square, in the downtown area of historic Salem. Ticket prices vary based on adults and children, and show time; matinee or evening. Costs range from $6 – $10. Find show times and buy tickets online at CinemaSalem.com.
The 3D Film Documentaries
“The Spirit of Salem” is a 38-minute film. It’s shown in an 18-seat screening room. The movie delves into how ” … Salem’s spirit was shaped by an early tragedy, and by the courageous and progressive decisions it made in response.”
Unfortunately, Salem’s dark side is the most talked and written about: mainly, the famous 1692 witch trials. That history is important, but it’s not the entire soul of Salem.
However, the “historically accurate” documentary breathes life into the lesser known side of Salem, its people, and circumstance that left a permanent mark on the world.
Paul Van Ness, Cinema Salem owner, directed the film “The True 1692.” According to the website, the total documentary was “filmed and edited in 3D.” Viewers will re-visit the harsh and dramatic world of 17th century life in Salem Village from a historical angle.
Portions of the 33-minute movie take place in locations where the unjustifiable story unfolded. It’s a sad story, but one that embraces untold lessons.
Coffee Bar and Film Discussion
Stop in at the theater’s café after the movie and grab a coffee. Meet moviegoers and perhaps hash over the film. It’s enlightening to share views and hear the thoughts of others as well.
Each October, hordes of visitors hit the streets of Witch City to experience month-long Halloween festivities. There’s fairs, parties, parades, a witches’ ball, haunted ghost tours, special seasonal events and of course, the gorgeous New England autumn foliage, to name a few.
Before exploring Salem, Mass., consider a visit to Cinema Salem to check out these inspirational films. It’s a refreshing and educational way to brush up on the stunning history of this extraordinary city.