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“The Best Small Movie Theatre”

Chatham Orpheum Theater
Ranked #5 of 48 things to do in Chatham
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Owner description: The Orpheum Theater opened in 1916 as Chatham's first and only movie house. Our Main Street movie theater was a magical place for 72 years - a year-round destination where generations of Chatham families and summer visitors could enjoy gripping dramas, slapstick comedies, joyous musicals or swashbuckling adventure films week after week. In 1938, the building was purchased by Interstate Theaters Corporation and was known as the Chatham Theater until 1987, when it ceased operations. The entire town mourned the loss of this iconic Main Street treasure, but the tradition was never forgotten. Now it's back, better than ever! The return of the Chatham Orpheum Theater began in November 2011, when a grass roots movement formed a non-profit organization to buy the historic building at 637 Main Street in April 2012 and restore it as a state-of-the-art two-screen cinema featuring an attendant cafe in 2013. Led by president Naomi M. Turner and a local team of volunteer professionals, Chatham Orpheum Theater, Inc. has raised more than $3.6 Million in donations from individual citizens and private foundations, plus major grants from the Town of Chatham and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The Chatham Orpheum Theater opened to the public as a non-profit cinema on July 26, 2013 ... bringing movies back to Main Street in the most state-of-the-art movie theater on Cape Cod. Every facet of this jewel box movie house and cultural center is unique, affordable, and community driven. The Orpheum is a quality cinema with two screens with 3-D capability, 6.1 SurroundSound(C) audio, and extremely comfortable seats with widely-spaced aisles. We feature first-run major motion pictures plus art house films, independent productions and documentaries, including locally-produced films. In addition, the Orpheum offers creative alternative programming for children, elders, and families. You'll find all the traditional concessions (including popcorn with real butter!) plus a delightful array of unique treats created by local Chatham confectioners. Movie-goers may also enjoy a glass of wine or beer from Vers at the Orpheum, our lobby cafe boasting a full menu of exceptional offerings with an emphasis on natural, seasonal, local ingredients ... utilizing what is flavorful and familiar to the contemporary palate. The Orpheum's interior is tastefully designed in traditional Cape Cod style, and the vaulted lobby showcases great works of created by notable local artists, including Hans de Castellane's signature mural, The After Party.
Brewster, Massachusetts
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“The Best Small Movie Theatre”
Reviewed 10 June 2014

The theatre is new and no expense was spared: it is just beautiful! The seats are most comfortable and there is plenty of leg room. There is a comfortable lobby bar and cup holders at every seat. And the manager is an affable fellow who greets you at the box office. An overall very pleasant experience.

Visited June 2014
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Boston, Massachusetts
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31 reviews
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“Appealing Cafe plus classical and current movies in a brand new theater”
Reviewed 6 June 2014

We thoroughly enjoy the new cinema right in downtown Chatham, MA. The cafe serves a tasty and reasonable priced menu incl. wine and beer. You can bring cups of beverages into the theater which is brand new, with comfortable seats and it's clean. Each theater is small, the sound is just right ,the decor is lovely and you can buy your tickets online. Perfect for rainy days and any other time you want to catch a new movie or old classic. Go and experience a brand new well designed local theater and enjoy!

Visited June 2014
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Chatham, Massachusetts
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108 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Our own movie theatre is back in town.”
Reviewed 4 June 2014

The seats are luxurious with lots of foot room- and cup holders. You will notice the superb acoustics and clarity of the visuals immediately. There are two theatres, the smaller showing classics and art films, the larger featuring current releases (even some in 3-D). So convenient, so beautiful, and be sure to check out the wonderful mural in the lobby featuring stars from every era- really fun to pick them out. You can check the schedule and preorder tickets on their website.

Visited June 2014
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Kingston, Massachusetts
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Fabulous”
Reviewed 15 May 2014

Great setting, downtown location and fun. Great snacks from VERS available as well as beer and wine. Go when you can.

Visited May 2014
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Wilmington, Vermont
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22 reviews
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“Great Movies”
Reviewed 19 April 2014

A wonderful restoration and a delight to sit in the theatre which has more than comfortable seating and ample leg room. Vers, the cafe, is contained within the site which makes going to the movies the special event it used to be in years gone by!

Visited February 2014
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