When writing about the late, great Hampton Cinemas Six, I thought about many of the regular customers who’d come in throughout the week. We had parents who’d bring the kids every weekend. There were couples that made every Thursday “date night” and would check out the latest rom-com. And there were some who’d just come alone on a Tuesday, buy a coffee, and just sit back and enjoy a movie, distraction-free.

But we also had a celebrity regular – someone who was globally famous at the time, and universally famous as I write this.

Dan Brown, author of "The Da Vinci Code", has resided on the Seacoast for many years, and was likely the most notable regular at the Hampton Cinemas.

There was very little fanfare when Mr. Brown visited. He was just a friendly, normal-looking guy in khakis and a windbreaker. Some of my coworkers knew him as their former teacher in Hampton Falls.

But as the designated ticket-ripper, I lucked out, and was the one who got to recommend movies to the author.

For a while – over a year, actually – I had a perfect record with the man who also brought us “Angles & Demons” and “Digital Fortress.” Then came the fateful night when Dan couldn’t decide between the Muhammed Ali biopic “Ali” starring Will Smith, and Cameron Crowe’s “Vanilla Sky” starring Tom Cruise.

To me, the answer was easy. “Ali” felt sluggish as a boxer nearing the end of his career, while “Vanilla Sky” was a poignant, bittersweet film with a haunting message and a tremendous twist ending.

But perhaps Dan Brown felt differently.

“How’d you like it??” I asked excitedly, as the world-renowned suspense novelist exited a suspense film playing in our smallest theater. He looked up, briefly made eye contact, and then continued on his way.

That was the last time I recommended a film to Dan Brown. But I stand by my decision. You can watch the Oscars to see Will Smith break out his Ali impression.

What was the best movie you ever saw at Hampton Cinemas Six? What memories do the Cinemas bring back? Send your HC6 Memories to Jon.Rineman@townsquaremedia.com.

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