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UPDATE! – Rob Is Back! And We’ve Raised 90% Of Our Goal!

Hello again, true believers…

Man, what a year I’ve had.

First, let me be clear that this is actually me––the actual Rob Newton––the founder and still-owner-and-operator of The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage here in friggin’ go’geous downtown Glosta (Gloucester for you Inlanders). I am still here, and after a summer of quiet convalescence, I am well-rested and physically and mentally better than I’ve ever been. Sorry if my state of unwellness panicked you or sent you at least temporarily into the sticky arms of those robotic, thin-walled googolplexes Up-The-Line.

rob-peanutizedThanks to your help, we have endured the meteorological armageddon that was The Winter Of 2015. This spring, we set out to raise $75,000 for relief, buttressing, and those little marshmallows for our hot cocoa, and I am very happy to report that we have crossed the 90% mark, with $67,555 raised to date. While folks are still showing interest in buying the Cinema (after the “Win This Cinema” contest didn’t reach its entry threshold), I am not in such a rush to sell as I was when I was sick. The short of it is, I’m staying around for a while, as there is still work to do to make this wonderful thing of ours impervious to whatever the Universe throws at it.

Click to donate now.Eight years after its inception, The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage continues to bring an eclectic and meaningful line-up of the best independent and foreign films to the North Shore, and with Awards Season approaching, that means a marathon of even-better-than-usual programming through the spring. And I will be here and with you all the way, putting in more time here since before my starchild Zoë Annabelle Austin Newton was born nearly 3 years ago (and she is well and so many kinds of awesome, thanks for asking).

So, where do we go from here? First, please help us shore up the last of the funds we set out to raise this spring. Again, there is less than $10,000 to go (and your gift is fully tax-deductible and we’ll thank you with some kind of gift). This is easy as cake. Or pie. Whichever of those is easier.

Beyond this home-stretch, the next drive will be to fund our Cape Ann Community Screening Room, a 20-seat second screen in what is now the upstairs lobby. With it, we will not only be able to offer a second great (albeit smaller) film every day, but also will be able to avail the space inexpensively or free to any local person or group who needs it. Also, the additional revenue generated by this seemingly small resource will fund a full-time salary for myself or someone. It will be like finding $30K under one of the couch cushions. Every year. Until the Comet comes. And probably after that, too.

Since the spring, we have been soft-selling both the 10-ticket discount blocks to filmgoers and the annual Partnership packages to local businesses. Now, with 100% confidence, we again actively offer both, and at a considerable discount to help make up for lost time:

10-TICKET DISCOUNT TICKET BLOCK ::: $75.00. This super deal comes with 2 extra “Tell A Friend” tickets, so that you might hand them off to someone you know who hasn’t visited with us yet (or you can just keep them for yourself). This works out to $6.25 per ticket, which is much lower than our regular ticket prices of $10.50 and $9.00. And speaking of our regular ticket prices, we have put off a ticket price increase for some time now, so on December 1, 2015, ticket prices will go up. Stock up on these wicked cheap tickets as a hedge against inflation, or give some as a gift this holiday season. This “micro-investment” helps the Cinema in big ways, and makes you the hero gift-giver.

ANNUAL CINEMA PARTNERSHIP ::: $599. Do you own a business, or work with a non-profit that needs greater visibility and a swell way to raise money and reward its volunteers and supporters? Then this bundle is a no-brainers. 60 movie tickets (good on all non-premium events, which is 95% of our line-up), a Partner ad slide during our pre-show (over 1,000 appearances), a link on our website, and real estate in our lobby. Plus, you get a sweet deal on Cinema and Community Screening Room rentals. And I will do a dance if you sign up. Or actually, based on how badly I bust moves, I’ll dance *until* you sign up.

So there you have it. To sum up, I’m back, I’m strong, so is the Cinema, and with your continued support, we will all shine on to infinity… and beyond!

With gratitude,

Robert Newton
Owner & Creative Director
The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage

Finally! ‘Chronicle’ Covers Cape Ann Cinema & Stage!

It only took us 7 years to get them here, but WCVB’s acclaimed show “Chronicle” covered us for the first time, in regard to our “Win This Cinema” contest. Enjoy and please share!



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Cape Ann Cinema & Stage Presents… TOMFOOLERY: The Words & Music of Tom Lehrer (Wed. Dec. 3 – Thu. Dec. 11)


Cape Ann’s premiere community cinema launches its new stage with a revue of the witty, wicked, and thoroughly twisted world of famed satirical songwriter Tom Lehrer.

Click for a great gallery of photos from our Opening Night!THE CAPE ANN CINEMA & STAGE
is pleased to present its first stage production, the witty musical, TOMFOOLERY: THE WORDS & MUSIC OF TOM LEHRER. The show runs from Wednesday, December 3 through Thursday, December 11, and features an all-local, ensemble-directed cast featuring Brian King, Jeph Ellis, Jennifer-Lee Levitz, and Olivia Gale. Joseph Nuccio is serving as Musical Director.

Read the Gloucester Daily Times story about our Stage launch!

Read the Gloucester Daily Times story about our Stage launch!

“This show is homegrown–by local folks, with local folks, for local folks,” explains Cinema owner and Creative Director, Rob Newton. “It’s a hilarious show, and we hope all of Cape Ann will join us for it as we kick off our new stage and our new name.”

Cape Ann Cinema & Stage's "Tomfoolery" Cast (from left to right): Jeph Ellis, Brian King, Jennifer Lee Levitz and Olivia Gale

Cape Ann Cinema & Stage’s “Tomfoolery” Cast (from left to right): Jeph Ellis, Brian King, Jennifer Lee Levitz and Olivia Gale

Newton shares, “Thanks to a generous gift from Cinema friend Chris Deering, we were able to create this amazing resource.” The stage is 30’ wide, and features new live sound and a thoroughly modern LED lighting array. “It is through this kind of support that we are able to expand our community vision, not only around Cape Ann and the North Shore, but around the country, as well.” (Newton advised on The Luna Theater, a new community cinema project that opened in September at Mill No. 5 in Lowell, and in 2015, he will launch the non-profit OurTown Cinemas, dedicated to seeding and servicing small cinemas all over the U.S.)

cac_logoNewton, who goes by the stage name “Fig,” cites Lehrer (as well as the likes of Weird Al Yankovic and Stan Freberg) as his personal musical and comic influences. With his debut novelty record “Monkey Bismuth,” Fig won two Just Plain Folks awards in 2004, which are like the Grammys for unsigned artists.

“My first exposure to Lehrer goes way back, like it does for a lot of kids who grew up in the ‘70s. Remember those animated earworms from ‘The Electric Company’ on PBS–‘Silent E’ and ‘L-Y’? That was Tom Lehrer. So this a tribute, not only to the days of youth, but to the ways of thinking differently that come across in Lehrer’s songs. And thinking differently is the whole reason that The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage exists in the first place.”

The Stage plans one new production every quarter, be they revivals like “Tomfoolery” or “Free To Be You And Me” or original productions like Mark Volpe’s “Citizen Wayne” (a story that supposes Orson Welles entertained making a Batman movie after “Citizen Kane”) or Newton’s own “Rocket Man” (a musical about space pioneer and Massachusetts native Robert H. Goddard).

Click to learn more about Tom Lehrer.Tomfoolery is based on The Tom Lehrer Songbook, and is a show like no other. Written by Cameron Mackintosh and Robin Ray, with music and lyrics by Tom Lehrer, this is one wildly wicked musical revue of novelty songs (there are no sad ones in this bunch). Music, laughter, and no one spared—when you’re dealing with the humor of Tom Lehrer, nothing is sacred.

In concerts, television appearances and a series of now-classic recordings, the Harvard-educated math professor delighted millions of fans during the 1950s and ’60s with his dry, cynical, but good-humored attacks on the A-bomb, racism, pollution, pornography, the military, the Boy Scouts and, of course, mathematics. No taboo is safe in this hysterical revue featuring such Lehrer favorites as “Poisoning Pigeons In The Park,” “When You Are Old And Grey,” “The Masochism Tango,” “The Old Dope Peddler,” “The Vatican Rag” and an unforgettable Gilbert and Sullivan-esque recitation of the Periodic Table of Elements, all linked together with Lehrer’s own inimitable concert patter.

Four actors, stools, a piano and a healthy dose of attitude are all you need to stage this delightful revue. Audience will be beside themselves with the clever lyrics and hummable tunes. Rediscover the man and songs that have delighted and skewered the world for over forty years in TOMFOOLERY! •••

FRI. DEC. 5 @ 8:00PM
SAT. DEC. 6 @ 8:0PM
SUN. DEC. 7 @ 4:00PM
TUE. DEC. 9 @ 8:00PM
WED. DEC. 10 @ 8:00PM
THU. DEC. 11 @ 8:00PM



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Tom Lehrer performing “Wernher von Braun” in Copenhagen in 1967.

“Silent E,” from the 1970s PBS kids’ staple, ‘The Electric Company’

Tom Lehrer performing “Poisoning Pigeons In The Park” at the Cameron Mackintosh tribute show, ‘Dear Mr. Producer’ in 1998

TOMFOOLERY is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 * Tel.: (212) 541-4694 | Fax: (212) 397-4684 |

For The Love Of Dolby

Thomas Dolby, whose name you might have heard, or seen scrawled like graffiti on a blog about Moogs or something like that, is to pop music what Voyager 2 is to space exploration. And no, “She Blinded Me With Science” is not his only hit song, although you have probably seen the video all those years ago on MTV. Perhaps you bought “The Golden Age of Wireless” and came to appreciate this long-legged kind of glamorous Brit-pop for what lies beneath those strange album covers and glints of engineering on the bespectacled face of this heroic and legendary proto-geek. I didn’t. Instead, I huddled while imprisoned in the grey halls of a New England prep school, lonely, angry, and bewildered by joules of hormones, beneath my Walkman headphones listening to “Cloudburst at Shingle Street” and thinking of seducing the girls in my car pool if only they would talk to me. And I heard things I could only hope to say to myself in the submarine of scrubbing desks or sweeping floors during the summer break:

when I was small
I was in love
in love with everything
and now there’s only you

And now there’s only you, Thomas: the last bottle of New Wave Lafite ’82, a bouquet of Art Deco and stratospheric synths emboldened by persistence of vision and impeccable taste, whose sadness and observation, manic moments, and blind science create haunting atmospheres out of baryonic matter.

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Having taken off two decades to facilitate a queue of non-pop accomplishment before returning with “A Map of the Floating City,” Thomas Dolby behind his insane steampunk facade offers something between friendly and spooky, reaching out with ordinary metaphor, in this case “Flying North” with a lo-fi digital camera, to catch the wonder betwixt the emptiness of “The Invisible Lighthouse.” He seems fine. More than that. Relaxed. Unrushed. The same man who referred to himself in the third person just a wee bit on “Weightless” to let us in on the frustration of his love life is now playing live the electronic sounds and lost melodies for which he continues to be loved.

I’ve waited thirty years.

You see, Thomas Dolby: The Idea is ever-present to his fans, who hover over him in chat rooms asking Who Is Caroline 452? Or, is that really the riff from “The Six Million Dollar Man” embedded in “One of Our Submarines”? (Yes, it is!) And Thomas Dolby is a good idea, thick in Britannia like on his album covers, whether he’s lost in the sauce expatriated in Los Angeles or sampling the doppler of church bell on “Cruel.” Between the electronic drum sounds of “Europa and the Pirate Twins,” he mentions his preteen crush to “The Twelfth of Never,” which I take as Nina Simone’s unforgettable 1963 version. And once you are old, and hear Nina sing it, and think about Thomas referencing this all those years ago, you get trapped in his mythology.

Then into “The Flat Earth” you go, with the maturity at hand to know why “Screen Kiss” makes you hurt, why it leaves you rushed and needy to have somebody love you before it’s too late. And if you’re like me, you grow up and move out West and behold the haze above old Hollywood, where deer look down from the hills, and it’s three o’ clock in the morning. And perhaps, if you’re lucky, you’ll synch a near perfect seduction to his cover of “I Scare Myself,” slow-dancing to the handsome Joe Jacksonesque piano blurs and so unbelievably lost in whatever that is.

Mr. Dolby, may I say what a pleasure it’s been to live inside your music for thirty years. I’ll see you November 1 for “The Invisible Lighthouse.” And most properly, sir, Adieu.•••

Thomas Dolby will present his film “The Invisible Lighthouse” with live music, narration, and foley at the Cape Ann Community Cinema on Friday, November 1st at 7:30pm to kick off the 6th annual Cape Ann Film Festival.


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