Top Independent Movie Theaters In Connecticut

July 30, 2012 6:00 AM

Let’s face it. With this economy, everyone is looking for a good deal. Whether it’s looking for an unusual date night experience that won’t break the bank or searching for a family film that won’t cost more than a week’s grocery allotment, there is an ideal entertaining option – independent movie houses. While going to the movies is a great way to beat the dog days of summer, going to an independent movie theater is more than just a money-saving alternative. Connecticut’s independent movie houses offer high entertainment value and low ticket prices. Many of these theaters offer second-run movies or foreign films, and all are affordable.
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Edmond Town Hall Theater
45 Main St
Newtown, CT 06470
(203) 426-2475

When the Edmond Town Hall Theater in Newtown raised its ticket prices, the movie-going public didn’t even flinch. After all, for years this independent theater charged a whopping $1 for a ticket. So when the theater upped the ante to $2, movie goers didn’t complain too much. Where else can you find a beautifully-refurbished theater that offers second-run films before they become DVDs at that price? And yes, there is a candy bar and popcorn available. Not surprisingly, people travel from far and wide to take advantage of this experience.

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Bethel Cinema
269 Greenwood Ave
Bethel, CT 06801
(203) 778-2100

Bethel Cinema is an independent movie theater that features American and foreign films. There’s a cutting edge to the movies selected for viewing here. With an artsy reputation, many bohemian film goers will travel to Bethel to take in a show. Most show titles will not seem familiar, so do a little research to find one that sounds interesting to you. Tickets are $9.50 each with senior and children rates at $7.50.

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 Top Independent Movie Theaters In Connecticut

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Madison Art Cinemas
761 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443
(203) 245-3456 

The Madison Art Cinemas has two small theaters that not only offer great films, but movie goers can sign up for an e-newsletter with links to previews and trailers. This independent movie house also offers subscription rates. Those who subscribe get a free ticket during the week of their birthday. Billed as a “highly personalized movie-going experience,” this theater plays first-run independent features and upscale foreign and domestic films. Ticket prices vary from matinees to evening showings. Matinees are $8.50 with evening shows at $11. Senior discounts are available as well. 

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Real Art Ways
56 Arbor St
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 232-1006

Real Art Ways offers independent films and videos seven nights a week. Admission for members is $5 and the cinema is proud that the price has remained the same since 1996. With ticket prices peaking at only $10, everyone can afford a viewing in this unique environment. This theater shows domestic and foreign films and is known for its eclectic offerings. If you’re a teacher and want to plan a cinematic outing for your class, Real Art Ways provides special film field trip packages. Many in the art community embrace this facility.

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300 Summit St
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 297-2463

Cinestudio is an independent theater known for its large single-screen venue. It is located on the campus of Trinity College though it is independent of the college. Cinestudio tends to show controversial films and is proud to feature the cult classic, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Admission is approximately $8. Now that’s a price too reasonable to pass up.

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Joanne Greco Rochman is the arts editor of The Fairfield County Review, a columnist, critic, feature story writer and English professor. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Republican-American and Hersam-Acorn Publications. Her work can be found at

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