They're coming! Put your name on one (or several) ...

This row of seats is in our lobby right now. Come try them out. (We've gotten rid of the silly letters.)

Want to be part of Cinema Salem’s next phase of restoration and improvement?



In 2022, we are replacing the seats in our theaters with SEATS THAT ROCK! (We mean back-and-forth. But they just might rock your world too.)

It’s a big job that also requires refinishing and recarpeting floors in all the theaters. Our budget is $50,000. We hope the community will help cover at least half the budget. So you can help.

YOU CAN BUY A SEAT. Or several.

Find details below, including how you can put your name (or someone else's) on a seat. PLEASE NOTE: When you "buy a seat," you're technically making a donation to Cinema Salem. It is not tax-deductible.

How to buy a seat

There are two ways to buy a seat: You can come into the theater and buy one (we have samples; try before you buy) , or you buy online with PayPal using the button above.

Each seat you buy can have a plaque with your name, or the name of someone else you choose.

Requested donations

  • One seat: $150.
  • Additional seats: $125 each.
  • A full row of about 10 seats: $1,000.

Please note: These prices are for individuals. We will happily sell seats to your company, if you'd like to advertise that way. Here are our packages for businesses..

Where your name will be displayed

If you want your name displayed, it will appear in three places:

  • On the seat(s)
  • On a poster in our lobby
  • On the screens of our theaters in a pre-show slide that will run throughout 2022 and 2023.

When you make an online donation, you will be asked what name you would like to appear on the plaque and the other spots mentioned above. The plaques are very small and will only accommodate 25 characters. Our staff will review all plaque requests and contact you if we spot a potential problem.



We will attach plaques to seats on a first come–first served basis, starting with rows midway back from the screens.

We will keep plaques in place for as long as the seats are in place.  If we have to replace “your” seat in less than five years, we will roll over your plaque to the replacement seat.

We'll keep in touch as the installation process for our new seats gets underway.

Thanks for your support. Your help is crucial to keeping great film alive in Salem!

Renovation progress report

During our 2021 crowdfunding campaign, we said we'd be spiffing up the place in phases. Our generous friends helped us with the following in Phase 1:

  • Refurbishing the lobby 
  • Purchasing new digital projectors
  • Upgrading the sound system
  • Repairing the HVAC system
  • Fixing the leak that plagued the men’s restroom for years.

Now we're ready for Phase 2: theater seats. In 2022, we will 

  • Remove the old seats and floor carpets
  • Refinish the floors
  • Install new aisle carpeting
  • Install seats in theaters like the ones in the photo above.

Thanks to everyone who is helping to make it all possible!