The Orpheum

The historic Orpheum Theater first opened in 1916 and was Chatham’s first and only cinema. It delighted local families and vacationers for decades until it closed down in 1987, eventually becoming a CVS pharmacy. Its loss was felt across the region.

When CVS moved in 2011, a local grass roots team created a non-profit to fund the purchase of the historic theater, which they achieved in 2012. The non-profit then focused on restoring the building, and today it houses a state-of-the-art movie theater showing first-run features, as well as art house and independent movies, documentaries, and works from local filmmakers.

The Orpheum Café

The theater building also houses The Orpheum Café, where you can hang out for some great food and drinks, or you can grab some treats to enjoy during your movie⁠—all menu items are allowed in the theater!

The menu features appetizers, salads, sandwiches, plus wine, beer, and cocktails, including several film-themed offerings like Coffee Is For Closers (espresso martini) and Some Like It Hot (Manhattan).

The Chatham Orpheum Fund

The Chatham Orpheum is a non-profit community theater, and The Chatham Orpheum Fund helps ensure that Chatham and other Cape Cod communities continue to have access to top tier feature films and documentaries. The Fund also supports partnerships among other nonprofits and local businesses to foster the growth of arts and culture, and it helps those with special needs get better access to tools that provide them a more complete and enjoyable film experience.