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Chatham Orpheum Theater

637 Main St, Chatham, MA 02633-2233
+1 508-945-4900
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Not your Average Movie Theater

In addition to being the cleanest, most welcoming theater I've been to it offers great current and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jean C
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Brewster, Massachusetts
Popcorn treat

This may sound strange but we were having a girls night in since the weather was so bad, I decided... read more

Reviewed 8 March 2018
cjbrossi
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Lynnfield, Massachusetts
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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.
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637 Main St, Chatham, MA 02633-2233
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+1 508-945-4900
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"first run movies"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In addition to being the cleanest, most welcoming theater I've been to it offers great current and past movies and wonderful special events. This past winter's Art & Music Series showcases local artists and had receptions open to the public. In addition to art on...More

Thank Jean C
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

This may sound strange but we were having a girls night in since the weather was so bad, I decided to stop and see if I could get some movie snacks, not only did they have plenty of great treats but I was able to...More

Thank cjbrossi
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

The Orpheum is probably the most intimate comfortable and inviting movie house where I have enjoyed watching a movie! Not only does the house play all of the first run movies it also sponsors cultural films on musicians, composers, artists, and gardens that attract a...More

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Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

A small movie theater in a small town which offers both “old fashioned” ambience and a contemporary feel. It features a small cafe (with wine and beer and light meals) in the lobby and first run and classic and special interest films in its two...More

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Reviewed 29 December 2017

My favorite movie theater! Excellent choice of movies including award winning foreign films. Warm and friendly with plenty of showing times. Nice concession choices but there is always coffee brewed for the theater goers. Local artists exhibit on the walls. And the film starts after...More

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Reviewed 23 November 2017 via mobile

I love this movie theatre. Two theatres, one smaller. Comfy seats. Little Cafe in lobby w food, beer n wine which you can take into movie with you. Popcorn,s good too.

Thank lisatravels122
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Reviewed 13 November 2017 via mobile

Very nice quaint theatre small but just right! Awesome popcorn and good drinks 🍹 The seats are real comfortable and the whole place is like new

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Reviewed 12 November 2017

Visited the Orpheum for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed the venue, the people, the popcorn, and the wine! Comfortable seats and roomy aisles make for a relaxed viewing. Went on a Thursday in early November at 4 PM. Plenty of room but not empty...More

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Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

I have never been to a finer movie theatre! The setting is intimate and extremely comfortable! The director, Kevin McLaine, selects all of the finest new releases for both the larger and smaller theatres. As well, he also runs film special series on composers, artists,...More

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Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

This Chatham theater was reopened after having been a drugstore for many years. It's completely redone as a comfortable, very clean theater. One screen room is larger than the other. Both are terrific. It runs new films, some oldies, some documentaries and some kids or...More

Thank C H
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Christine B
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Hi Christine, Our current and upcoming movies and showtimes can be found on our website (google: Chatham Orpheum Theater). Ticket prices and a cafe menu can also be found on our website. Thanks!
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