Country Cinema

523 Main Street,
Watertown, CT 06795

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Country Cinema

Opened as the Cameo Theatre and is still a quaint little single screen theatre. It has a balcony that is not used for seating anymore, but one must walk upstairs to get to the men’s room. It was renamed Country Cinema in 1972 and now plays second-run films, often showing the same feature for weeks at a time. It was closed for renovations in November 2019, with plans to reopen spring of 2020.

Contributed by Roger Katz

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anexwaterburian on September 27, 2006 at 2:05 pm

The woman who refurbished the original auditorium and opened the Cameo in Watertown also owned and operated the Cameo Theatre at 314 Baldwin Street in Waterbury, not one of the big theatres like the State or Strand. The Cameo in Waterbury became the Win Theater sometime in the 1950s.

stevemoviegoer on November 16, 2006 at 2:11 am

The last movie I saw here was Star Trek Nemesis. The sound quality was very poor at best.

BTW- I noticed the new seats in the theater as well. I wonder if they were the same seats that were used by the Colonial Plaza cinemas before they closed down?

edwardguinea on December 30, 2006 at 3:10 pm

The original marquee was V shaped and hung out over the sidewalk in front. It had plenty of space, 4 long lines, 10 feet wide. It was taken down in 1972. The current marquee is very small, 3 short lines and often misspelled.
Ed Guinea

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on May 8, 2009 at 2:00 am

Wow…it looks exactly the same as it does today, only less worn down.

MPol on May 25, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Too bad that the theatre is so dirty, run-down and so poorly-staffed and poorly operated, as it looks like an unusual movie theatre! Here’s hoping they renovate it, add more staff, and monitor their projectionist(s) better.

nritota on October 23, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Wasn’t this an SBC (formerly L&G) theatre? When I worked for the chain in RI, we had a Cameo in CT; can’t remember if it was Waterbury or Watertown.

BTW, this theatre has a changeable sign. A marquee is attached to the building. By definition: a covering like roof: a permanent canopy, often of metal and glass, projecting out over the entrance to a large building such as a hotel or theater.

Maruchyd on February 28, 2018 at 5:31 pm

The old style of cinema reminded me when my grandfather took me every weekend. I loved! I love the sound!

JackCoursey on July 17, 2018 at 2:03 am

The theatre is currently on the market with an asking price of $1,200,000:

DavidZornig on October 19, 2018 at 8:28 pm

The name change from Cameo Theatre to Country Cinema took place in 1972.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on November 15, 2019 at 7:58 pm

Country Cinemas has been sold and closed for renovations. It is scheduled to reopen this spring with its new name, the Watertown Stage.

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