Michael Costa & Nick Chamis – 1851 Staff
Among the many hidden and obscure treasures that West Newton shelters, lies the little-known West Newton Cinema located on Washington Street. This cinema prides itself on showing films of a unique nature, referred to as independent or “indie” movies.
West Newton Cinema was initially built in 1937 and has been independently operated since 1978, when David Bramante acquired the cinema. As of now, the cinema holds six screening rooms and plans on adding another room. The building has been renovated since its opening, but still maintains a nostalgic, cozy style.
To achieve the strongest gist of what an “indie” film is, it is best to ask someone who is largely associated with independent films.
“A true independent film, is a film with a very small budget, no affiliation with the film company and [is] a labor of love,” said Bramante.
Bramante distinguished that “independent films” refer to films that are not of the commercial or mainstream variety. Although there are very little exceptions to the indie movies’ presence within the cinema, he expressed the non-indie movies in the theater are there for a distinct purpose: they are good movies.
As far as the future of the West Newton Cinema, Bramante is currently working on an exciting renovation and modernization, which includes new seating and upgrading aesthetics like the rugs and the décor. He also plans to add what he described as an “invisible” upgrade, which includes replacing the outdated reel projectors in exchange for the more state-of-the-art digital projectors.
In order to attract more moviegoers to the West Newton Cinema, Bramante urges the Lasell community to take action and “make students aware” by addressing issues concerning transportation, scheduling a special screening or even including a discounted price for students to get a feel for the theater.
It’s up to Lasell students to get the word out on the theater so students don’t have to take that extra trek to Boston to enjoy a decent film.