Hello Film Fans,
In the couple of weeks since the end of The Cape Ann Community Cinema’s successful inaugural season at the Gloucester Stage, we’ve had a fantastic development — we’ve found a summer home!
From July 1 to the end of September (at least), we’ll be showing our regular line-up of independent, foreign and local films at 21 Main Street in Gloucester (above the St. Peter’s Club and Mystery Train Records), and are proud to be the only provider of such programming on Cape Ann. The space is the home of Shannon Mount’s event company, West End Events, and Shannon has so generously offered us the space for three entire months. The space is fully handicap accessible and features a wet bar, prep kitchen and stage. We will be working with local restaurants on various “Dinner And A Movie” packages.
In the mean time, in order to raise the funds required for the move, we are hosting a VIDEO SALE, featuring a great selection of 10,000 VHS tapes donated by Pam Ranger of the former Video Viewpoint in Manchester. The sale will be held this Saturday, May 30 from 9am-2pm behind The Gloucester Stage Company at 267 East Main Street in Gloucester, with a rain date of Sunday, May 31 from 9am-2pm. No tape will sell for more than $3.00. And oh yeah – we need volunteers to help run the sale.
As much of a technophile as I am, I feel that people gave up on VHS too soon, as a considerable number of films released on the format in the last 30 years are still not available on DVD. And with the economy in the state it is, VHS provides an affordable “placeholder” for those who want to keep growing their movie collections on a budget. For anyone who would like to help the Cinema financially but doesn’t want to take anything home, we will donate your purchase to local charities that service people who can use them. It doesn’t cost a lot, and everybody wins.
Another way people can help is by donating their old VHS or DVD movies. Most of them will be sold at the sale, but some will find their way into our DVD lending library, which we’ll make available free loan to cinema patrons once we’ve reopened. I’ve been collecting DVD’s since there were DVD’s to collect, and have amassed a fun and ever-growing collection that I’m just rarin’ to share with Cape Ann, especially considering there are no video stores (other than “Lackluster”) remaining.
Our July schedule — including operas and ballets — will be up next week!
Thanks again for your support, and I hope to see you soon.
The Cape Ann Community Cinema
85 Eastern Avenue – Suite 102G
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 290-3106 [wherever I am]