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I went to visit my folks for Thanksgiving this year and saw the latest Harry Potter movie there. I just got back from a Christmas visit with them and am sad to report that the Towne Cinema is closed — probably for good. I used to go to this theater all the time when I was a College student in Watertown in the mid 80’s.
The Cosmo was featured in the incredibly bad 1975 movie “The Giant Spider Invasion.” You can see it in the background when the townspeople are battling the “spider” in the streets of a town at night. I was recently back there and it is still a great movie-going experience. The staff is extremely friendly and the concession prices are amazing—$3.00 for a giant bucket of popcorn which they pop on the premises. They also offer trays that fit into the seat drink holder which enables you to put your popcorn and up to three drinks between you and the person next to you. That’s something that I wish more theaters had.