10th Anniversary Poster

A concert, week of special screenings,
and a 2nd screen kick off a year of celebration

[Gloucester, MA • April 17, 2017]––Ten years ago, the community cinema now known as The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage (21 Main Street in Gloucester) began its long, strange trip in Gloucester, Mass. This week, the unique, living-room-style movie house begins a year-long celebration of its first decade of serving up to Cape Ann and the North Shore the most eclectic mix of independent and foreign films, live music, and stage fare.

The week of special screening and events includes:


Fri. Apr. 21 @ 7:30pm
“Star Trek” icon and social activist George Takei presents his experiences in a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II in this stirring new musical.

Sat. Apr. 22 @ 8:00pm

Legendary rockers Rick Berlin and Willie Alexander and local favorites What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? grace the CACS stage.

Sun. Apr. 23 @ 6:30pm

Celebrate Earth Day with this new film from Oscar®-winning director Luc Jacquet (“March of the Penguins”), a stirring portrait of French glaciologist, Claude Lorius, whose groundbreaking research in Antarctica gave us the first clear evidence of man-made global climate change.

Mon. Apr. 24 @ 6:30pm

This feature-length documentary captures the collapse of the historic cod population in New England, delving into the role of overfishing, the impact of climate change, the effect of government policies on fishermen and the fish, and the prospect of a region built on cod having no cod left to fish. Co-director Steve Liss will present the film and host a Q&A after.

Tues. Apr. 25 @ 7:30pm

Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, the cats of Istanbul live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame—and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could. A portion of the proceeds from this screening will benefit Cape Ann Animal Aid.

Wed. Apr. 26 @ 7:30pm

This season’s program of nine selected films will compel discussion, make you laugh, tug at your heartstrings, and motivate you to make a difference in your community. Incredibly diverse in style and content, LunaFest is united by a common thread of exceptional storytelling–by, for and about women. (Films are not formally rated, but some content is not appropriate for children, so we recommend that viewers be age 16+.)

Thurs. Apr. 27 @ 7:30pm

Fifteen years before ‘Stranger Things’ combined science-fiction, Spielbergian touches, and 80s nostalgia to much acclaim, Richard Kelly set the template and the high-water mark with his 2001 debut feature. In it, Donnie (occasional Rockport resident Jake Gyllenhaal) is a troubled high school student: in therapy, prone to sleepwalking and in possession of an imaginary friend, a six-foot rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world is going to end in 28 days 06 hours 42 minutes and 12 seconds. During that time he will navigate teenage life, narrowly avoid death in the form of a falling jet engine, follow Frank’s maladjusted instructions and try to maintain the space-time continuum. (Encore show Fri. Apr. 28 @ 10:00pm)

Tickets for all films are $11.50 adults, $10.00 students and seniors, and $8.50 for Members. The anniversary concert on Saturday is $12.50 all seats (and benefits CACS).

“It’s been a wild ride,” says Cinema founder Rob Newton, “and we almost didn’t make it,” he added, referring to the calamitous winter of 2015, during which over 110 inches of snow fell, and Newton suffered health problems. “I’m glad I stuck it out, and so lucky to have the support of so many good people.”

That support came in the form of donations from hundreds of Cinema patrons to shore up the financial damage done by two months of little-to-no cash flow. Originally, Newton planned to give the Cinema away via a “Win This Cinema” essay contest, but after too few entries and a two-month convalescence, he came back to steward the Cinema back to health.

“I’m happy to report that the Cinema is doing what my late grandfather would refer to as ‘gangbusters.’ We are setting records every month.”

While the Cinema expands to two screens every summer––co-sponsoring the HarborWalk Summer Cinema series on the I4-C2 lot on the harbor, the expansion to two screens is now permanent, as just this month, CACS opened The Magic Lantern Community Screening Room, an intimate, 20-seat film screening room. The Magic Lantern shows lesser-known (but equally as interesting) independent, foreign, and documentary films. It is named after the legendary Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman’s autobiography.

Upon gracious Gloucester summer fixture Liv Ullmann’s first visit to the Cinema in 2011, the famous actress said of it, “Bergman would have loved this place!”, a quote which will forever remain over the Cinema’s door.

The Cinema’s full schedule is available at http://www.CapeAnnCinema.com, and the Cinema’s show times line is (978) 282-1988.

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