Film offerings, seating options, set the Our Town Cinemas apart

posted by CSWalczak on September 15, 2010 at 4:40 am

DAVIDSON, NC — Most new theaters these days tend to be big box megaplexes that show primarily newly-released films with perhaps an HD telecast or, occasionally, a highly-successful art house film on one of their screens. The Our Town Cinemas is a bit of a departure; this quad opened last December in the college town of Davidson. In addition to the latest Hollywood releases, it also regularly screens classic films. Some of its seats swivel and can be adjusted for height.

Yet it’s the atmosphere that makes the big difference here. When I visit Davidson, I’m reminded of my youth: My farm town was too small to have a movie theater, so we drove in to the county seat to see whatever the single-screen Mount Holly Cinema was showing.

The Davidson College campus sits within a five-minute walk from Our Town.

An amble down Main Street takes you past people sipping coffee outside tiny restaurants, until you reach the welcoming old public library. This is the kind of town where volunteers are being trained to allow that beleaguered institution to stay open five days a week instead of four, starting in October.

The full story is in the Charlotte Observer.

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