Chatham Orpheum Theatre
637 Main Street,
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Previously operated by: Interstate Theatres Corporation
Firms: Gensler and Associates
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Orpheum Theatre, Chatham Theatre, Chatham Cinema
News About This Theater
- Nov 6, 2011 — Group hopes to restore Orpheum
Originally opened as the Orpheum Theatre in 1917 with 300-seats. In 1933 it was renamed Catham Theatre. This was a small theatre, later operated by Interstate Theatres. It had a few sister theatres including the Orleans Theatre, Dennis Theatre, and Yarmouth Drive-In, all located on Cape Cod, MA. They were open only from early-spring till early-fall. Had two performances daily at 7 and 9 pm and offered rainy day matinees! When folks could not go to the beach the movies were open.
The Chatham Cinema was closed in 1987, and was converted into a CVS. The historic building’s exterior was not changed and when CVS moved out in November 2011 (and the nearby multiplex closed the same day) local citizens launched a drive to ‘bring back movies to Main Street’, forming a group to help raise funds to reopen the theatre under its original name Orpheum Theatre.
In six-months, more than $1.5 million has been raised in direct donations from 2,400 local residents, and the Chatham Orpheum Theatre also received a $400,000 community grant towards a goal of $2.75 million. The building was purchased outright on April 18, 2012 for $1.3 million. Architectural firm Gensler Architects has been retained and renovation plans have been approved by the local zoning board, planning boad and historical board. A 2-screen theatre is planned (50-seats & 160-seats) plus a Cafe Theatre which will operate all day and evening to bolster income in this seasonal seaside community.
It reopened around February 2012.
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