Who Else Remembers the Hampton Cinemas Six in Hampton, New Hampshire?
Whenever you start a new job, it’s only natural to think about how it stacks up compared to other favorites. So, as we kicked off “Rineman in the Morning” this week, one of the first places my mind went to was the Hampton Cinemas Six.
You heard right, Seacoast newcomers. We used to have our very own family-run, six-theater movie-plex in the middle of Hampton where CVS stands today.
Owned by the Tinioses (who still own and operate the adjacent Galley Hatch restaurant), the Cinemas closed their doors for good in early 2009.
As much fun as I had going there as a kid to see movies, it was an even more fun place to work. Did my clothes smell like popcorn for an eternity? Of course. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Not only did we get free drinks and half-off concessions; if we asked nicely, Mark the projectionist would let us stay late after work the night before a movie debuted to screen it (I still owe you for “Freddy Got Fingered,” Mark).
When there wasn’t a screening, we’d stay late on Thursdays, dim the lights, and play laser tag. But you were taking your safety and serenity in your own hands in case you ran into the Ghost of Red, a projectionist from the early days of the Cinemas rumored to still take up residence in the projection closet for Theaters 5 & 6.
It would sure be nice to have a small, friendly theater right on the Seacoast again. What was the best movie you ever saw at the Hampton Cinemas Six? Send your HC6 memories to Jon.Rineman@Townsquaremedia.com.