Railroad Square Cinema has announced that it will be transitioning its operations to the Paul J. Schupf Art Center once it opens in late December.
Maine is a hub for cinephiles. With events such as the Maine International Film Festival and the Camden International Film Festival, Maine is a place for filmmakers and film lovers to share unique cinematic experiences.
Railroad Square Cinema is Maine’s only Sundance Art House Project cinema, an honor given to theaters that provide exemplary theatrical experiences. With three screening rooms, this cinema provides Maine residents with an intimate and meaningful way to enjoy cinema.
The cinema often shows movies that do not make the cut for larger theaters. With daily showings and matinees, one can always expect a schedule of independent and classic films.
The Paul J. Schupf Art Center is the result of a joint effort by the College and Waterville to create an inclusive center that houses Central Maine’s best art programs under one roof. The art center cost $18 million and has received widespread community support.
Characterized by large, open spaces, the new art center is intended to be a place for artists to collaborate and connect. Many art mediums will be available for visitors to explore, including pottery, performing and visual arts, and, of course, cinema.
Railroad Square’s three theaters will be moved and incorporated into the new art center once it opens. The center will also replace Railroad Square as the host for Maine’s International Film Festival.
To celebrate its time in the Railroad Square Cinema building, the Maine Film Center has announced its final film series, “The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship.”.
Fitting with the intentions of the new art center, the final film series celebrates the beginning of a stronger relationship between Waterville and the arts.
From Nov. 12 to 23, the cinema will be screening fan favorites, iconic movies, and interactive screenings. These include the films Hairspray, La La Land, an interactive version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and so many more milestones in cinema history. The final film, Casablanca, will be shown on Nov. 23 alongside a closing gala.
The Railroad Square Cinema leaves behind a rich and colorful history, but its legacy will live on in a vibrant and dynamic space that will introduce even more people to the beauty of cinema.
~ Vivian Nguyen `25
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