All posts by Robert Newton

I run Cape Ann Community Cinema (http://www.CapeAnnCinema.com) on Main Street in Gloucester (above Mystery Train) and am also a professional writer and editor. I make films and novelty records, as well.

GET $9 TICKETS, BEER, CLAMS (And Help The Rose Baker Senior Center!)

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The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage is most pleased to announce this special 10-ticket discount ticket bundle, which, for just $90, includes 10 non-expirational movie tickets, $10 in “Chawbucks” (our official Cinema currency) to spend on snacks, and $10 to spend at Woodman’s of Essex, the birthplace of the fried clam!

Additionally, for each bundle we sell, we will donate 5 tickets to The Rose Baker Senior Center, and when this limited quantity of bundles is sold out, we will gift a 4-hour use of the Cinema to the RBSC for a fundraiser movie night.

Click to buy tickets to this event.

OUR 2018 CAPITAL CAMPAIGN NEEDS YOU!

December 17, 2017

To My Dearest Cinema Faithful,

thermometerAs we celebrate over 10 years in business, I look back at the incredible work we have done since starting this beautiful thing of ours:

number1In 2007, I took a $7,500 nut (which was all of my savings) and established Cape Ann’s first and only community cinema. You braved the icy winter roads to Rocky Neck to make our first season – a delightful combination of films that we loved and ones that you asked for – a success.


number2By 2009, your support had given us the impetus to move downtown, to our current West End home. Business doubled.


number3By 2011, we were able to hire a staff — albeit a skeleton crew — so we could offer more shows daily. By this time, business had tripled over our first year, and our offerings went from 1-2 daily to 4-5 daily.


number4In 2013, your donations allowed us to upgrade our projector to an industry-standard DCP model, giving us the capability of presenting first-run films for the first time. We affectionately named the projector “Sol” (after the power of the Sun). It went online (and became self-aware, methinks) in 2014.


number5In 2015, your donations saved the Cinema from closing after 7 consecutive blizzard weekends wiped out a whole season of revenue.


number6This year, we opened The Magic Lantern Community Screening Room, a wickedly quaint 15-seat space across the hall from our Main Theater, at our 8th Annual DoctoberFest Documentary Film Festival. The new room features the kinds of “smaller” movies we started with all those years ago. This room will bring much-needed additional revenue, through daily programming and ultra-affordable rentals. It is a wonderful and essential addition to the Cinema mix.


As 2017 comes to a close, I look ahead again. We have done so much together and built a resource that the community needs and can be very proud of, but we cannot and will not rest on our laurels. It is time to take it to the next level of thriving (and not just surviving). Here’s what we need to do:

letter-acinema_signPUT MEAT ON THE BONES OF THE SKELETON CREW
While we are no longer the one-person operation we were when we started, we need a larger payroll. We need a staff to handle events like the hugely successful HarborWalk Summer Cinema and the fetes and festivals we hold in other venues like CinemaSalem, The Cabot, and churches all over New England. We have also found a local marketing team we’d like to engage, as we know that in order to grow and serve more people we need to start marketing more through advertising and other outreach.

letter-bGET A FACELIFT
We lack proper signage on Main and Rogers Streets, and a paint job wraparound to attract more walk-in business is also a must. The downstairs lobby needs a-sprucin’, and our restrooms need a good thrice-over.

letter-csummer-cinema1PAY MONTHLY EXPENSES AND BOOST CAPITAL INVESTMENT
While we dream of purchasing our real estate someday, the reality is that we must continue to pay rent until such a time. While you’d think that a hidden loft like ours — even in a happenin’ neighborhood like ours — would go for a song, the song in question is the 18-minute version of Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” which is like 6 songs all stacked upon one another.

wowieWe’d like to get out from under our stack and breathe freer so we can do all the other things we need to do to make The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage’s future a perpetual, self-sustaining one, come what may. Some of these other things include A/V redundancies (backup systems), party amenities and kitchen equipment, and a payoff of the lease on Sol, our projector (under 2 years left!).

The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage is an essential resource for this community we love so much, and you, our patrons, are essential to it. We lucky few are part of something truly special, and it must be carried forward… for the folks who just haven’t found it yet, for the people who haven’t found their home on Cape Ann yet, and for the people who have not been born yet.

As always, your donations are 100% tax-deductible (through The Gloucester Fund). Your gifts are appreciated, maximized from our years of subsisting on very little, and essential to our future. Please click on one of the big ol’ blue-and-yellow [DONATION] buttons on the left today (and enjoy a thank-you gift for your generosity).

All of our needs are vital and directly related to Cape Ann Cinema & Stage remaining your humble home away from home. Our goal is $75,000 by March 4: Oscar Sunday. We can do this with your help.

Happy holidays, and a joyous film-filled new year to you!

With love and sincere thanks,
rln
Robert Newton
Creative Director
The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage

CHECKS CAN BE MADE PAYABLE TO:

THE GLOUCESTER FUND
Re: The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage
45 Middle Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
(and mailed to either The Gloucester Fund or The Cinema)

MEN OF GLOUCESTER (1949)

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Shot in 1946 and released in 1949, this industrial film (sponsored by The Ford Motor Company), depicts the lives of the people who inhabit our humble Massachusetts fishing community. The film shows the home life, a deep-sea fishing trip, a storm at sea, and the yearly observance of the feast of St. Peter, patron saint of fishermen. This is the best version of this 22-minute documentary available, rescued for the Cape Ann Cinema & Stage from a dumpster of a Pittsburgh public school by Skip Elsenheimer of AV Geeks.

SHOWN WITH SELECT GLOUCESTER-THEMED SHORTS, INCLUDING ROB NEWTON’S & KRISTEN MILLER’S “NO MORE GLOOMY SUNDAYS: GLOUCESTER’S WPA MURALS”!

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FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLIES 3D

PLAYING OFTEN!

The monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent to a place it has never known. Follow the monarchs’ perilous journey and join hundreds of millions of real butterflies in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico, with breathtaking cinematography from an award winning team including Oscar® winner Peter Parks. Be captivated by the true and compelling story of an intrepid scientist’s 40-year search to find the monarchs’ secret hideaway. Unravel the mysteries and experience the Flight Of The Butterflies.

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CACC T-Shirts Now Available!

NOTE: THIS IS THE LAST TIME THIS DESIGN WILL BE AVAILABLE,
AS WE HAVE SINCE CHANGED OUR LOGO!
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Prices are for pick-up at the Cinema. Shipping is available for $5.00.