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Chatham Orpheum Theater
Ranked #4 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.
Kingston, Massachusetts
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36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed May 15, 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
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great Movies”
Reviewed April 19, 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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Harwich Port, Massachusetts
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35 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed January 23, 2014

We went to an early movie in the small room. Very clean comfy and cozy. You can buy beer and wine and munchies before at the cafe in the lobby and bring wine into movie. There are 3 theaters
with first run movies. Some street parking out front or town parking around the block. Beautiful renovation.
senior price was 7.00

Visited January 2014
1 Thank Nancy T
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Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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81 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Nice, new theater”
Reviewed December 9, 2013

Very cozy theater. It is a wonderful small town cinema. One theater is very small, but very nice. The seats are comfortable and you can order food from the restaurant on the premises(Vers) and take it in the theater if you wish or have your standard movie treats.

Visited November 2013
1 Thank Mayzgirl
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed December 5, 2013

A new state-of-the-art movie theater: one containing 130 seats and one containing 35 seats. First run and Art Films both. The seats are comfortable and ambiance excellent. There is an excellent Cafe in the Lobby - Vers Cafe.

Visited December 2013
1 Thank David M
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