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August 21, 2012

Community Cinema adds second screen

Cape Ann Community Cinema, the living room-style independent movie theater at 21 Main St., recently added a second screen at 11 Pleasant St., called Film Haven (at Art Haven’s new Hive space).

“We are adding a second movie on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:45 p.m.,” said Robert Newton, Cape Ann Community Cinema’s creative director, in a statement. “We have so many great films from which to choose that we just had to add a second screen.”

Films showing through September are “Polisse” (Aug. 24 and 25), “In the Family” (Aug. 31 and Sept. 1), “Cosmopolis” (Sept. 14 and 15), “Damsels In Distress” (Sept. 21 and 22), and “The Manhattan Short Film Festival” (Sept. 28 and 29).

Tickets are $9.75 for adults, $8.25 and $6.75 for students and seniors. All CACC passes will be honored. For more information, visit www.CapeAnnCinema.com.

The space, which seats up to 40 people, will also double as a classroom when Newton’s new business, North Shore Media Workshops, starts classes in September on such diverse subjects as screenwriting, the films of Clint Eastwood and nature filmmaking for teens. More information about all these classes can be found at www.NorthShoreMediaWorkshops.com.

Additionally, Cape Ann Community Cinema and CinemaSalem, at 1 East India Square in Salem, have joined forces to promote their respective line-ups of alternative cinematic programming.

“It’s a natural for us,” said Newton, “considering that CinemaSalem provided us with some of the inspiration to open our theater in the first place.”

“We’re always sending patrons to each other anyway,” said Kereth Cowe-Spigai, CinemaSalem’s manager, in a statement. “Now it’s official — we are ‘sister cinemas.’”

The single-screen, living room-style Cape Ann Community Cinema opened in 2008, and the four-screen miniplex CinemaSalem was launched in 2006 on the site of the former Patriot Cinemas.

Both entities are acclaimed by patrons and press alike, with the famous CACC supporter Liv Ullmann saying of her home-away-from-home, “Bergman would have loved this place!”, and CinemaSalem’s patron base voting it “Best North Shore Movie Theater.”

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