LATE NIGHT SCARES! – “Halloween [1978]” (Fri. Oct. 28 @ 10:00pm)

FRI. OCT. 28 @ 10:00PM ONLY

John Carpenter’s 1978 classic Halloween returns to The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage this Halloween weekend! See the film that defined a genre and launched an iconic franchise the way is was meant to be seen–on the big screen. Plus, catch an exclusive interview and retrospective with the legendary master of horror, John Carpenter. Introducing the film, this special bonus explores the history of the film and the indelible influence Halloween has had on not only the horror genre, but the entire film industry. Carpenter explains why the film is meant for the big screen, the influences that inspire his filmmaking and how Halloween became the highest grossing independent film of all time.

There’s no better way to experience the movie that brought Michael Myers into nightmares everywhere and launched the career of the original “scream queen” Jamie Lee Curtis, than in cinemas, digitally restored and remastered by the film’s cinematographer, Dean Cundey.

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HALLOWEEN PARTY – Persuader: The Almost-30th Anniversary Show! (Sat. Oct. 29 @ 8pm)

The Almost-30th Anniversary Show!
(and Halloween Party)
SAT. OCT. 29 @ 8PM

The original members of the popular local band Persuader have reunited to perform at a Halloween Party/Dance at the Cape Ann Cinema & Stage at 8pm on Saturday, October 29th. The band had great success performing from around the late ‘80s through the late ‘90s. One of their best-known events, an annual Halloween Party at the former St. Peter’s Club Function Hall (now The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage), was a local favorite.

They have performed a few “reunion” shows over the years, and recently started to commit to performing regularly again. Along with some of their classic rock covers songs from the ‘60’s through the ‘90’s and some contemporary songs as well, they plan to recreate the annual trend started many years ago. The band performs a mix of upbeat, “danceable” songs with a few ballads thrown in. They would like you to join them for a fun evening at this historic venue!

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NOTE: There will be a costume contest (though costumes are optional).

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HOWL-O-WEEN MOVIE PARTY – “Beetlejuice” (Sat. Oct. 29 @ 1:00pm)

SAT. OCT. 29 @ 1:00PM

beetlejuiceBring your friends and family and join Cape Ann Animal Aid as they raise funds with this spooktacular Halloween movie classic!

Pizza will be served at 1:00pm, and movie starts at 1:30pm.

Costumes are welcome!

Plus, enjoy the prize wheel, door prizes, raffle and more! A fantastic way to kick off the Halloween weekend and all for a great cause!

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PREMIERE – Ben Wickey’s “The Homecoming” & Ray Bradbury’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes” (Fri. Oct. 28 @ 7:30pm only)

FRI. OCT. 28 @ 7:30PM
shown with Ray Bradbury’s
Something Wicked This Way Comes


ben_wickeyBen Wickey is a 21-year-old Rockport artist, writer, and animator. In 2010, he won the Edward Gorey House’s Fantastagorey Award for book illustration. He has since worked closely with that museum. He has created works for such notaries as Griff Rhys Jones, Liv Ullmann, The John Updike Society, and Ki Longfellow-Stanshall,  author and widow of British eccentric, Vivian Stanshall. He created original animations for Christopher Seufert’s upcoming documentary, “The Last Days Of Edward Gorey,” a rough cut of which screened at The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage in 2015. Paired with the premiere of THE HOMECOMING, is Wickey’s short animated film about a little boy’s tale of his family reunion of vampires and based on Ray Bradbury’s 1946 short story, and is a collaboration with Bradbury’s daughter, Bettina.


something_wicked_this_way_comesIn the hamlet of Green Town, Illinois, two young boys–quiet Will Halloway and somewhat rebellious Jim Nightshade–enjoy the ever-shortening days of autumn. When the boys hear about a strange traveling carnival, they decide to see what it is all about. However, Will is fearful, as most carnivals end their tours after Labor Day. When the ominous Mr. Dark (Jonathan Pryce) rides into town on a dark midnight, setting up his massive carnival in a matter of seconds, the boys are both thrilled and terrified. It seems to be just another carnival at first, but it is not before long that the forces of darkness themselves are manifesting from the haunting melodies of the carousel… which can change your age depending on which way you ride it. With his collection of freaks and oddities, such as the Fat Man, Mr. Electro, and the blind Dust Witch (Pam Grier), Dark intends to take control of the town and seize more innocent souls to damn. It will take all the wit and hope of the two boys to save their families and friends, with aid from an unlikely ally–Will’s father (Jason Robards), the town librarian–who understands more than anyone else that “something wicked this way comes.”

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FILM – “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie” (Opens Fri. Oct. 28)


Appropriate for their big screen debut, Edina (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) are still oozing glitz and glamour, living the high life they are accustomed to; shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London’s trendiest hotspots. Blamed for a major incident at an über-fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more!

FILM – “Hell Or High Water” (Opens Fri. Oct. 22)


Toby (Chris Pine) is a divorced father who’s trying to make a better life for his son. His brother Tanner (Ben Foster) is an ex-convict with a short temper and a loose trigger finger. Together, they plan a series of heists against the bank that’s about to foreclose on their family ranch. Standing in their way is Marcus (Jeff Bridges), a Texas Ranger who’s only weeks away from retirement. As the siblings plot their final robbery, they must also prepare for a showdown with a crafty lawman who’s not ready to ride off into the sunset.

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“Brothers on a bank-robbing spree make their way through a desert of economic decline in Hell or High Water, a chase movie disguised as a western with a smashing Jeff Bridges as a Texas Ranger.” –Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

“It’s a tale of brotherhood and family that takes in the harsh beauty of the land, the elusive nature of right and wrong and the quirky delights of human connections in a time of bewildering change.” –Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal

“The terrific ‘Hell or High Water’ is like a gritty retelling of the Frank and Jesse James story — only with getaway cars instead of horses.” –Stephen Whitty, New York Daily News

FILM – “Indignation” (Opens Fri. Oct. 22)


Set against the backdrop of the Korean War, a working-class Jewish student, Marcus (Logan Lerman), leaves Newark, New Jersey, to attend a small college in Ohio. There, he experiences a sexual awakening after meeting the elegant and wealthy Olivia (Sarah Gadon), and confronts the school’s dean (Tracy Letts) over the role of religion in academic life. Based on the novel by Philip Roth.

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“Captures with an uncanny realism a moment of innocence and caution in a post-World War II era.” –Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“An emotional and incredibly personal piece of material (it fictionalizes Roth’s own early-’50s college experience) that adapts well to his polite, polished and reasonably old-fashioned aesthetic.” –Peter Debruge, Variety

“The beauty of ‘Indignation’ can be found in how it builds, growing from a garden-variety coming-of-age story into a poetic, even prayerful, meditation on the pitiless vagaries of character and regret.” –Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

FILM – “Operation Avalanche” (Fri. Oct. 14 @ 7:30pm)

FRI. OCT. 15 @ 7:30PM

operation-avalanche1967: the height of the Cold War. The CIA suspects there is a Russian mole inside of NASA, sabotaging the Apollo program. They send two young agents on a mission to go undercover, posing as documentary filmmakers to capture NASA’s race to the moon. The real mission – use their access and technology to hunt down the leak. But what they discover is far more shocking than Soviet spies… their government may be hiding a secret about Apollo that could define the decade, and the White House will stop at nothing to silence anyone who learns it. While not a true documentary, this mockumentary is a top-notch celebration of the documentary genre that creates a thoughtful and entertaining what-if.

TUES. OCT. 17 @ 5:00PM

FILM – “Harry and Snowman” (Now Playing)

doctoberfest2016HARRY AND SNOWMAN

Dutch immigrant Harry deLeyer journeyed to the United States after World War II and developed a transformative relationship with a broken down Amish plow horse he rescued off a slaughter truck bound for the glue factory. Harry paid eighty dollars for the horse and named him Snowman. In less than two years, Harry & Snowman went on to win the triple crown of show jumping, beating the nations blue bloods. They were famous for their day and traveled around the world together. Their chance meeting at a Pennsylvania horse auction saved them both and crafted a friendship that lasted a lifetime. Eighty-six year old Harry tells their Cinderella love story firsthand, as he continues to train on today’s show jumping circuit.

harryHarry deLeyer grew up working on his family farm in Holland. After World War II, Harry and his wife immigrated to the United States where he was offered a job as a riding instructor at the exclusive Knox School in Long Island New York.

Harry’s career was catapulted by Snowman and he went on to become one of the most successful riders and trainers in America. He represented the United States at the World Championships in Sweden in 1983 and was recognized by the United States Equestrian Foundation with a Pegasus Medal of Honor in 2002 for his lifetime contribution to the sport.

Now 85, the “Galloping Grandfather,” as he is known around the world, still rides and trains, based out of his farm in Virginia.

snowmanawardsLess than two years out of the Amish plow fields, Snowman won the 1958 horse show jumping Triple Crown — the American Horse Shows Association Horse of the Year, Professional Horseman’s Association Champion and Champion of Madison Square Garden’s Diamond Jubilee.

Snowman appeared on the most popular game show of the 1960’s, “To Tell the Truth” and on “Who Do You Trust” with Johnny Carson. He had his own fan club, he was profiled twice in Life Magazine and was the subject of three best-selling books, including the 2011 New York Times bestseller, The Eighty-Dollar Champion.

Snowman retired from competition in 1962 to Harry’s farm in Long Island where he lived until he died in 1974. He was inducted into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame in 1992.

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PREMIERE & FUNDRAISER – “A Street Cat Named Bob” (Thurs. Nov. 17 @ 7:30pm)

THURS. NOV. 17 @ 7:30PM

a-street-cat-named-bob-teaserposterWhen street musician James Bowen (Luke Treadaway) finds an injured ginger cat curled up in the hallway of his apartment building, he has no idea how much his life is about to change. James had been living hand-to-mouth on the streets of London, barely making enough money to feed himself, and the last thing he needed was a pet. Yet James cannot resist helping the strikingly intelligent but very sick animal, whom he names Bob. He slowly nurses Bob back to health and then sends the cat on his way, imagining that he will never see him again. But Bob has other ideas, and the resulting friendship is cathartic and inspiring, for James and for us. Based on the international best-selling book.


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