Cape Cinema

35 Hope Lane,
Dennis, MA 02638

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Cape Cinema - 2001

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Opened in 1930, the Cape Cinema’s quiet, colonial exterior belies the beautiful murals that adorn the walls of this historic theater. The Art Deco treatments indoors are hidden by the Cape’s church-inspired design.

Inside the theater on the ceiling is a mural which is one of the largest indoor murals in the U.S. It was designed by Rockwell Kent and Jo Melzner. The mural depicts Kent’s visions of heaven. To go along with this, the original curtain, which is still very much functional, is
painted with a large sunburst covering it.

The theater is located on an arts complex which also includes the Cape Playhouse and a museum. The theater seats around 315 and is modeled nearly exactly after a church located in Centerville, MA.

The Cape continues to show the best art house films and is closed during the winter.

Contributed by Ross Melnick, "E.E."

Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on March 3, 2008 at 8:07 am

Maybe for the East Coast, but not world premiere,
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Patsy
Patsy on March 3, 2008 at 8:09 am

Howard: Thanks for the clarification and the Oz Fun Facts.

Patsy
Patsy on March 3, 2008 at 8:09 am

Any interior photos of this theatre?

RogerA
RogerA on May 1, 2008 at 3:18 pm

It is amazing this theatre has survived but as I remember it was the only cinema within miles. When I worked there in the early 70’s the original VitaPhone equipment was still being used. The projection and sound system carried patents held by Edison. A motor generator was used to provide the DC for the antique vacuum tubes. Of course the illumination for the projectors was supplied by carbon arch. It is indeed a historic theatre. To bad the other theatres on Cape Cod didn’t survive.

MPol
MPol on March 20, 2009 at 6:28 pm

It looks like a sweet little cinema theatre. Thanks for the photos, Lost Memory.

kevinp
kevinp on April 25, 2009 at 5:47 am

have just purchased 4 postcards from ebay : herewith two lo-res links

: higher to follow : what an amazing cinema !

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevp/3473379556/

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 16, 2011 at 10:57 am

The Cape Cinema in Dennis was named one of the 5 top movie theaters in New England by Yankee Magazine.

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