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Cape Cinema

The Cape Cinema, in the Town of Dennis, is one of our favorite theaters to see Independent films. On the 'campus' of the Cape Playhouse, and neighbors to the Cape Cod Museum of Art, this cinema is not to be missed. You can stroll the gardens, take a peak inside the Cape Playhouse and tour the Cape Cod Museum of Art while waiting for your show to begin.

Cape Cinema Modeled after the fa├žade of the Congregational Church in Centerville, Mass, its church-like exterior belies it's art-deco interior. With room for over 300 patrons, the non-folding chairs seems as if your great Aunt set them up in her living room.

White fabric covers the chairs, there is ample room to stretch your legs but the real draw is the vaulted ceiling covered with ethereal murals. It is simply breathtaking.

Controversial American artist Rockwell Kent designed and painted the mural at his studio in New York. They depict his version of heaven complete with cherubs, clouds and familiar constellations.

Make sure you grab your seat and spend some time reflecting on one of the largest indoor murals in the country. Kent hired a scenic artist to install the murals because he believed the State had wrongly convicted and executed Bartolomeo Vanzetti and Nicola Sacco after they were found guilty of armed robbery.

While in the lobby, take a look at a framed poster advertising the 1939 release of the Wizard of Oz- the Cape Cinema hosted the east coast premiere of the legendary film, even before our neighbors to the south, New York City.

They always show great independent films and recently Karen saw Glen Hansard- the Irish folk singer, who just about charmed her into becoming a roadie. Cape Cinema is one of the best venues to see live music- intimate and fabulous acoustics- a remarkable place.

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