THE DRIVE-IN RETURNS? OUTDOOR MOVIES IN ESSEX THIS AUGUST
While the Gloucester Drive-In has been gone from Cape Ann for over two decades now, a local cinema is bringing the outdoor movie experience back.
For three consecutive Thursdays starting August 13, The Cape Ann Community Cinema (CACC) of Gloucester and Woodman’s of Essex will present three open-air films completely free of charge.
‘This is a great opportunity to give Cape Ann movie fans a unique experience,’ says Co-CEO Steve Woodman, ‘though we don’t expect fried clams to replace popcorn as the all-time favorite movie snack.’
The movies will be presented in the sizable parking lot behind the world famous seafood restaurant, Woodman’s of Essex at 121 Main Street (Route 133) in Essex. The movies will be shown on a 20′ inflatable movie screen, otherwise known as ‘Blimp.’ Patrons are requested to bring lawn chairs, as there are sure to be more cars than good parking spaces from which to view the movie.
‘These shows are a little more labor-intensive than my usual sitting-on-a-couch-in-the-back-of-the-theater regimen,’ jokes CACC Managing Director Robert Newton, ‘but it is so worth it to be able to share such a fun and memorable time with people.’
The films that will be shown are: Madagascar 2 (August 13), Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory (August 20) and The Goonies (August 27).
Show time is between 8:00pm and 8:30pm, depending on when there is ‘good dark.’ Patrons are encouraged to come early to stake out a good spot, listen to music and enjoy some time with their neighbors.
The Cape Ann Community Cinema opened its permanent home at 21 Main Street in Gloucester in July. It shows independent, foreign and local films seven nights a week, and makes its vibrant space available to the public at a low cost.
The Cape Ann Community Cinema
21 Main Street – 2nd Floor
Gloucester, MA 01930