Cinebarre Salem to Open Nov. 6th

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Update: 10/31
Here's some pix inside Cinebarre.

Another entertainment option will be available to us starting Friday Nov. 6th. Cinebarre is a North Carolina based movie theatre chain that will serve food, beer and wine. They are located downtown where the Regal Movieland 7 used to be. They offer first run movies and will project short films shot by independent producers submitted online. This is also an employment opportunity, their website lists several jobs that are available. The downtown Salem screens will be the fifth store in a chain that is spread out across the country with locations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Colorado and Washington. Cinebarre is an 18 and up location since they serve alcohol, a minor will be able to go as long as they are accompanied by an adult. It seems like a good idea since Salemites seem to enjoy drinking and eating in theaters already. No doubt this will be competition for Northern Lights

16 comments:

jeff said...

So.... it's a Northern Lights that you wouldn't take your children to?

Anonymous said...

Well at Cinebarre the films are first run new releases whereas Northern Lights shows slightly older films. Plus its nice to know there wont be any crying or misbehaving children running around.

Reid said...

Man I hope this doesnt mess with Northern Light.
I hate it when true locals get edged out by bigger money .
But hey thats the free market unfortunatlly Salem loves chains of all kinds!
By the way to the other posters children are not allowed after a certain time in Northern Lights.
Bet NL has a better beer selection anyway!

enstone said...

Hope the Salem market can support both - Northern Lights has earned a loyal following.

With first run films, Cinebarre is more expensive than Northern Lights, so you would think NL would attract more repeat business in this economy.

KandN said...

I bet Salem can support both. Even on weeknights Northern Lights' parking lot is full. I have to assume there's more than one person per vehicle. We'll probably see the inevitable movement from one business to another as people check out the new guy in town and then a balancing out. I wouldn't doubt we'll see an increase in the number of out of towners giving it a try as well.

Salem Man said...

I think they both can survive as well. Maybe people's movie going habits will change when they become more accustomed to being fed a real meal at the theater.

KandN said...

Seems like bibs would be a good option. Or I could just dress in camouflage!

lavachickie said...

I think it can support both, and I think this will be a big boon to Salem's downtown nightlife.

I've never been wild about Northern Lights. It's too dingy. My home is more comfortable and has a better picture/sound than Northern Lights most of the time, which is one of the reasons I don't often go! I'll still go though, if they've got what I want to see.

And I'll try Cinnebar, and if it's a good value to go along with the cool ass looks, I'll go again.

Anonymous said...

I like NL, and have found shows sold out or nearly so several times. Hopefully both will be able to do well.

Cinebarre's location is much better from my point of view (within walking distance!)

Anonymous said...

For some of us, Northern Lights is still the chosen venue. This new place is $7 to get in the door, then you can get beer, wine and bar food. For some of us, we will still prefer the more local feel of Northern Lights as well as a menu that allows us to eat without reducing our wallets and expanding our waistlines.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Lavachickie. NL is too nasty. It looks like they haven't cleaned it since they opened it!

Beady Monkey said...

I just went for the first time last night, I greatly enjoyed the experience. The food was good and in good portions, the seating was comfy and the service very good. I love Northern Lights and I will still go, however this is a nice alternative and the lack of kids made my evening!!!!

Anonymous said...

are your movies as cheep as northern lights?

KandN said...

Anonymous,
The admission $ difference reflects Northern Lights' second run movies and Cinebarre's first run. Another reason there's room for more than one place like this in Salem--choices are a good thing.

Anonymous said...

I tried it, and hated it, I'm personally never going back. It is dark and dreary, the short films are beyond stupid, they don't make sense and are pointless. You pay a lot for a soda, and they are non-refillable. The seats are not as comfortable as Northern Lights, nor are the tables as nice as Northern Lights. The price was higher than the price at the Lancaster Mall theater. I must say---I miss Movieland 7.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure why people are posting about "no kids" because that's simply not true. when we went to Harry Potter there the place was crawling with kids. Now maybe not if you're watching an R-rated movie, but Cinnebarre carries the same first run movies as any other place does - so kids are part of the action. However, that said this is NOT a place you'd want to bring your kids to and it's not for the reason you think. This place shows the most non-kid-friendly preshow shorts I have ever seen. Had I been without my kid, I might have appreciated the humor of watching a guy arguing with his wife about the viability of starting a cocaine-dealing business out of his baby's diaper bag, but it was completely inappropriate for the huge number of kids sitting there waiting for the magic of Harry Potter. When the short ended with a happy scene of his wife waving goodbye from their front door as he embarked on this seemingly idyllic life of selling coke to kids in the park, I about came unglued as did the other parents in the theatre. Bottom line, no matter what movie is showing take the kids to Lancaster and save this place for a Mommy/Daddy date night.