The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage, Gloucester
Standout qualities: Independent doesn’t quite convey just how indie this experience really is. Savor a glass of red wine out of a real goblet while you take in the pre-feature announcements that come in black-and-white filmstrip fashion. Then kick back on a mish-mash choice of lounge chairs and couches, cuddle with your sweetheart under a blanket, and experience the magic of a true community cinema.
Insider tip: Following their website is a great way to keep caught up on indie films and documentaries you might otherwise miss.
What’s unique: A good selection of teas and real adult dark chocolate. An outdoor movie series in the summer.
21 Main St., Gloucester, 978-226-3800, capeanncinema.wordpress.com
Standout qualities: CinemaSalem is more than a film-lover’s movie theatre. It’s also a café, an art gallery, a live music venue, and home to one of the largest all-documentary film festivals in New England. They also serve really good popcorn.
What’s unique: A summer blockbuster might be followed by a cult classic like Goonies or an obscure documentary. Also, the staff cares.
1 East India Square Mall, Salem, 978-744-1400, cinemasalem.com