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Comet Theater

102 S. River St.
Cook  Minnesota  55723
United States
(218) 666-5814
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Midwest Living Review

Robert Lillegard
A coffee shop, clothing store, live-music venue and Minnesota's longest running movie theater are all crammed into this single space.

When you own a movie theater in a town with only 574 people, you'd better be ready to wear a lot of hats. The Comet Theater has been showing movies continuously since 1939. But, in addition to a theater, the space serves as a coffee shop, Bohemian clothing store and live-music venue. The place is jammed tight with knickknacks and clothing. Some are overpriced -- $5 for a small box of caramel corn seems a bit much, and we wouldn't pay $65 for a dress that looked like it came from a thrift store. But some of the $40 Bohemian tops were right in line with city store pricing, and we'd happily spend $3.50 on a deluxe little candy bar. In the evening, come and watch a second-run movie on the theater's only screen. (You only get one option, so find out what's playing ahead of time.) Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for kids. (They'll also do a matinee at 1 p.m. if at least six people are interested.) For a movie theater with just one screen, the concessions stand is pretty impressive, with high-end s'mores bars and Minnesota-made caramel corn next to the more pedestrian theater snacks. If you're really in luck, you might catch a live show from a band passing through. As Cook's only entertainment venue, the Comet Theater has a big role to fill, but it does the job nicely.

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