35 Hope Lane,
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Cape Cinema (Official)
Architects: Alfred E. Poor
Functions: Movies (Independent)
Previous Names: Cape Playhouse Cinema
News About This Theater
- Nov 16, 2004 — "Cinema Treasures" in Newsweek and Budget Travel
Opened in 1930, the Cape Playhouse Cinema’s quiet, Colonial style exterior belies the beautiful murals that adorn the walls of this historic theatre. The Art Deco treatments indoors are hidden by the Cape’s church-inspired design.
Inside the theatre 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 theatre is located on an arts complex which also includes the Cape Playhouse and a museum. The theatre seats around 315 and is modeled nearly exactly after a church located in Centerville, MA.
The Cape Cinema continues to show the best art house films and is closed during the winter.
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