The 12-year long-running cinema in Gloucester will be out of operations for quite some time starting on the 23rd of August.
Cape Ann Cinema and Stage will have its last screening at 21 Main St. on the 22nd of August. The cinema has been operating in 21 Main St. for twelve years now; unfortunately, the owner of the building, Harbor Front Development Inc., decided to sell the third floor unit of the building where the cinema is located.
The whole floor has the size of 2,931 square foot and is being sold for $898,000. There are also plans to expand it up for a fourth floor. A statement from the building says that the reason for the selling is purely business.
Despite the sad news, owner of Cape Ann, Rob Newton, remains positive, saying that the closure will only be temporary. He said that while he couldn’t afford to buy the floor at 21 Main St., he would still look for another space where he can put up the cinema again. He said that they weren’t planning on staying closed for very long.
For now, Cape Ann Cinema and Stage will host popup movie screenings. These will be held at a number of locations including Cape Ann Museum, MAGMA, Sawyer Free Library, and Charles Fine Arts. Other locations will soon be announced.
For those who have unused discount passes, there’s no need to worry as these passes will still be recognised and accepted at any of the popup movie screening locations.
On Monday, Newton released a statement thanking everybody who supported the cinema until this time. He added that the support people give them will keep the cinema for another 12 years and more.
To anyone who’s interested in helping move the contents of the cinema and can offer space to store them safely and securely, you may reach Newton at this email address: [email protected]