One of the most intriguing aspects of Cape Cod is the seemingly endless hidden treasures that wait to be uncovered.
No, we're not talking about pirate booty - but instead the wonderful, unique and glorious little surprises that hide in nooks and crannies from Bourne to P-Town.
One such gem is the Cape Cinema in Dennis.
Members of the Cape Cod Art Preservation Society stumbled onto the cinema a few years back when it was the only venue on-Cape that was showing the latest adaptation of a Jane Austen novel.
Pulling off the main road (6-A), we felt like we might be driving onto someone's private land. There were no real indications a business was nearby. Scanning our surroundings, we still couldn't figure out where the movie theater actually was (even though Google Maps was telling us that we were practically standing on it.)
Finally, we saw the surprising establishment that we were hunting for:
As you can see from the image above, it is not a modern multiplex movie theater.
That entrance was the first indicator that we were in for something special.
When you walk into the lobby, you are greeted by a quaint snack bar and kind, helpful staff. Everything about the Cape Cinema seems civilized and tasteful...a throwback in every good way.
Even the restrooms are fascinating. The tile floors were obviously laid in the 1930s with a craftsmanship that would be cost-prohibitive in the 21st century. The fixtures, the history, the authenticity. It truly feels like going back in time.
But nothing can prepare you for the auditorium itself.
The ceiling contains a 6,400 square foot mural - an art deco masterpiece by American painter and illustrator Rockwell Kent.
The chairs may not be as comfy as the stadium seating at your favorite Boston megaplex, but they have character and charm that all add to the unique moviegoing experience.
Even if you're not a movie buff, you must make it a point to visit the Cape Cinema in Dennis at least once (and soon.)Cape Cinema
35 Hope Ln
Dennis, MA 02638