Photo: Studio Cinema in Belmont.
Belmont’s historic Studio Cinema will be back open for business in two weeks.
“May 22 is when we get to do our magic, again,” said owner James Bramante after the Belmont Board of Selectmen awarded the long-time owner of the 96-year-old cinema a Motion Picture Exhibition License at its meeting, Monday, May 11.
According to Belmont Town Administrator David Kale, Bramante has resolved all the issues pertaining to fire and building codes the had forced the closure of the nearly century-old building at 376 Trapelo Rd. in mid-January.
With the license in hand, the one of the few remaining single-screen movie houses in the country is ready to celebrate it “official” opening on Friday, May 29 – with some cosmetic improvements such as new counter tops and video message boards – with, “hopefully,” said Bramante, the summer’s first romantic/comedy, “Aloha” with Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray and Alec Baldwin.
In addition to reopening the cinema, Bramante said he is in talks with an old friend who runs Spoodles Soup Factory in Foxboro to take over the store front adjacent to the cinema which was once home of Cafe Burrito.
“He loves Belmont, the location and wants to expand here,” said Bramante of the lunch-time eatery that specializes in soups and wraps.