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You might think you were walking into a cinema a hundred years ago to catch a talkie or a newsreel. The lights came on here in 1916, in the days of silent film and Buster Keaton — and Images Cinema still shows new films every week, with organic pop corn and real butter.

Images is a non-profit community movie theater in Williamstown, and one of the few remaining single-screen, independent theaters still running in this country. And it has kept going into the digital age.

Images Cinema shows independent and popular films in Williamstown.
Photo by Kate Abbott

Images Cinema shows independent and popular films in Williamstown.

The food at the counter is local, and so are some of the films. Some are also free, and the cinema holds community events including an annual Freshfest with local farmers. Images brings in independent, international and contemporary films often hard to find, and popular new releases as well.

You might see Emma Thompson facing sadness with wry humor, or Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman risking her freedom and her life, or a Miyazaki animated film about disgruntled ghosts and paths to other worlds.

A nanny tries to connect with the girl she cares for and navigate family in the new film Saint Frances at Images Cinema.
Saint Frances film

Images Cinema Online

Images Cinema, the Triplex cinema and the Little Cinema at Berkshire Museum are all offering films to watch at home. They are bringing new films every week — comedies, documentaries, thrillers and noir, independent films like Saint Frances (left) …

You can get an online ‘ticket’ and see the film on your own time. Berkshire cinemas are partnering with film distrubutors to make the films available, and the virtual film tickets they sell benefit both the cinema and the distributor, so you can support local cinemas until they open again.