Now the Cape Cinema knows how to do art

When I looked up the movie time for Love and Mercy sitting in the living room of the Happy Cottage in Cape Cod Saturday morning, I became a bit concerned when it was not listed in the familiar cineplex down the road where my dear wife Karen and I had watched films my weekly movie reviews our past two trips.

No problem.

Right below was the listing for the Cape Cinema.

It was a bit hard to find for the 1:45 Saturday matinée, a right turn off the main road, two twists and a drive up a gravel path that opened into a huge lot that I do believe as a drive-in during a past life.

That's the theater?

That’s the theater?

I’ll admit to some initial confusion as to which of the buildings around the horseshoe lot was the theater. With her usual cool, Karen suggested we follow the folks that appeared to be Beach Boys fans.

Right place at the right time.

Right place at the right time.

Yes, indeed, we had found the Cape Cinema. Cool theater.

After forking over $18 for the tickets, $1 less than a Regal Cinemas matinée in Syracuse would cost, and buying a small popcorn and a bottle of water for a reasonable $5.25, we walked through the door to a wild and artful world.

The curved walls to ceiling were painted mystically. The chairs, draped in white cloth, were more suited to a 1970s living room than a movie theater. I dug the aura.

Thank you, Cape Cinema, for hosting Brian Wilson's story.

Thank you, Cape Cinema, for hosting Brian Wilson’s story.

When the credits rolled two hours later, I thought: That’s entertainment.

My review is my previous post.

Have you ever been to a theater with chairs instead of seats, and if so, where? Have you ever been to a theater with a mural wall or ceiling, and if so, where? How much do you pay for a theater popcorn and water?

58 thoughts on “Now the Cape Cinema knows how to do art

  1. That’s so expensive! Matinee movies here are $7. But I usually go to Mugs & Movies where the theater is a restaurant and bar, and it’s $3 there, though the movies just left the real theaters about a week before. And there are tables and 1970s chairs on wheels there instead of row seats.


  2. Excellent look at your extremely unique theatre mate, from the outside I did expect something unusual inside, and I wasn’t disappointed, could imagine sitting back and enjoying an old Clarke Gable.
    Thanks for sharing.


  3. I have to say MBM, I am digging the digs myself. I would happily go to a movie there. And the only place I go to that has chairs for movies is my friend’s house where we do the movie marathons….which by the way, when we restart in the fall the argument is Star Wars or not Star Wars????


  4. WOW that cinema is sooo cool. That ceiling would make a welcome distraction if the film proved to be a dud. In Liverpool, along side the monstrous overpriced multiplexes, we have an arts cinema, that does have a small studio theatre with low-seated sofas which was ok for “Pride and Prejudice” but not for “The Battle of Algiers”. we also have two small independent family run cinema to the north and south of the city and, to my deep embarrassment, I have to confess I have been to neither, Best rectify that soon.


    • That’s cool, Roy. I haven’t been a regular at the Arts Cinema outside of Syracuse, either, sad to say. I posted about it when I saw ‘Birdman’ there. It looks like and feels like watching a movie in an airplane. Anyway, back to Cape Cinema, a real wow, and your Liverpool situation with the sofas sounds interesting to me as well.

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  5. That’s a cool theater! My husband and I usually go to afternoon movies–usually about $7, but the “twilight shows” are $5. We sometimes get Carmike points and get a free popcorn or coffee. We’ve seen trailers for the movie, so now I’ll have to look at your previous post. 🙂


  6. Now that is an experience! I love all the 1920s movie theaters around LA…. unfortunately too many of them are disappearing. I only go to the movies once or twice a year (!) but I do buy popcorn… at my local theater I think it’s up to $6.50 for a small size…. that’s on top of the $13 senior ticket (non peak hours). I’m saving my pennies for a big screen TV at home! And more nutritious snacks…


    • You need to get that flat screen at home, Ros. Then every show feels like a movie! You are paying LA prices, for sure. I bet there are a a lot great art houses out there. I hope some are saved.


  7. Oh wow, what a beautiful theater. Don’t think I’ve been to anything like it. You know, we have the Grauman’s Chinese Theater which is quite impressive but in a different way. Have you been there? I almost never order popcorn in a movie theater. After paying for 4 for a movie, it’s quite enough!!


  8. That’s a groovy theatre! Wow! I’d go just for the experience!
    We only paid $13 for last week’s matinee, but we racked up $19.50 for popcorn, 2 sodas, and a box of Rasinets. I may well start smuggling, because ridiculous, lol!


  9. Very cool, Mark. Wow. I would LOVE to experience what that movie house offers. It warms my Heart that there are businesses who truly still do care. Happy Monday, cuz! Love, cuz from the west ❤


    • Your Australian prices are similar to what we pay in the large chain theater, perhaps even a little less with the conversion, Vonita. And you’re right. I never have to order anything other than a small popcorn at the movie theater. That’s enough for two, really.

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  10. That theater is amazing – obviously pressed into duty as a movie house from another life. Very cool. I love small local businesses that are privately owned – that have a person who says ; “This is mine and I care.” That’s a gem you found there Mark.


    • Agreed, Paul. This place spoke of pride of ownership. It also felt like the sort of house where folks would rally to volunteer to help make it a focal point of the community. As always, you have a good eye.


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