Late Show at the Fine Arts
Maynard still has an old-fashioned movie theater, where everyone pays at one ticket booth and then goes into a building that has been a movie theater for longer than many patrons have been alive. According to one source, the building was once a garage, but sometime in the 1950s it was rechristened and repurposed, if such a word exists.
Back in the early days, a single projectionist used to scamper across the roof to get from one projection booth to the other. In snowy weather, this could be quite an ordeal, but it also allowed projectionists to pelt people below with snowballs.
In the 1960s, when I first moved here, the theatre showed mainly foreign and independent films. It was also the only theater around. Whenever I went, I would see people I knew. Today, the theater shows more mainstream films. But it is still a mom-and-pop business in which a few people do everything. It has outlasted many of its more recent competitors, and although it does not offer stadium seating or a choice of 16 different titles, the Fine Arts is still a great place to watch a movie.