Bewitched In Gloucester: 1970


Cape Ann folk fearful of Salem’s gaggles of roving goths and the parking fees that rival those of Fenway’s highway robbers can stay close to home this Halloween week with a trio of terror-filled treats.

This Saturday, October 30th at 1:30pm (with a suggested donation of $5.00), The Cape Ann Community Cinema ( at 21 Main Street in Gloucester will host a special presentation of “Bewitched In Gloucester: 1970.” The afternoon will consist of a viewing of a couple of episodes of ‘Bewitched’ that were shot in Gloucester and Salem in 1970. Author Peter Alachi will conduct an informal Q&A and sign copies of his new book ‘Bewitched And The Man At The Wheel,’ detailing the days that the popular TV series filmed in Gloucester. Also on hand will be superfan Patricia Reed and Gary Richard, who was Dick Sargent’s Man-At-The-Wheel stand-in. Rockport film restorationist Philip Hopkins (whose polish of Orson Welles’ ‘The Stranger’ premiered to raves at this month’s Cape Ann Film Festival) will present some previously unseen behind-the-scenes footage from the Gloucester set of ‘Bewitched.’

Speaking of the CAFF, the CACC will encore Festival favorite “Cropsey” this Thursday the 28th at 7:30pm. The haunting documentary is about a Staten Island urban legend that turns out to be a real killer.

Also this week, CACC has three screenings of Disney’s darkest movie ever, 1983’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” based on the Ray Bradbury story. It runs Friday the 29th at 10:00pm, Saturday the 30th at 11:00am and Sunday the 31st at 5:00pm. Tickets are $9.00 adults, $7.50 students and seniors and $6.00 for kids and Cinema members. Proceeds benefit the Manchester-based childrens’ charity, The Brain Candy Project.

The Cinema’s regular schedule for the week includes “Restrepo,” the Afghanistan war documentary by “The Perfect Storm” author Sebastian Junger. The film shows Friday, October 29th through Sunday, October 31st at 7:30pm, with additional shows Tuesday, November 2nd through Thursday, November 4th at 4:30pm. Final shows run Friday and Saturday, November 5th and 6th at 5:00pm. The final shows of the hit foodie comedy “Soul Kitchen” are Thursday and Friday, October 28th and 29th at 5:00pm. The last show of the heartfelt performance documentary “The Life Of Reilly” is Saturday, October 30th at 5:00pm.

“Opera Week” ‘ a week of HD “Opera On The Island” performances from Europe’s great opera houses ‘ kicks off Sunday, October 31st at 1:30pm with “Don Giovanni” from Salzburg, Austria. Tuesday, November 2nd at 1:00pm and 6:30pm, “Cosi Fan Tutte” from London, England will show. Wednesday, November 3rd at 1:00pm and 6:30pm, another new production of Bizet’s “Carmen,” this one from Barcelona, Spain. An encore of “Don Giovanni” runs Thursday at 1:00pm and 6:30pm. A fully-detailed fall schedule is available at