1 Washington St, Gloucester, MA, US
Bio: Since 1810 the iconic red brick matriarch, known for years to locals as ‘The Blackburn,” now home to The Cape Ann (The Annie to her friends), stands at the convergence of Highway 127, Main and Washington Streets in Gloucester’s colorful and historic West End. The Annie has had many incarnations over the last couple centuries…she was Gloucester’s first hotel, a brothel, business offices, a printing company, a tavern, a pink dance hall, as well as number of theatre companies. One might say that she stands at the crossroads of the Past, the Present and the Future. ‘Our Love Is Here To Stay’ In January, 2011, North Shore entrepreneurs Henry Allen (Henry Allen TheatreWorks, The Brain Candy Project, Henry Allen & The New Swingset) and Robert Newton (Cape Ann Community Cinema, North Shore Movies), joined forces with a shared vision to refine and revitalize the arts scene in the West End. They jumped at the chance to move into the space at One Washington Street, and have been hard at work creating a special venue that is warm, versatile and elegant. Great friends, the dynamic duo share a love of Gloucester and Cape Ann that is infectious. They also share a passion for collaboration in the arts, and a commitment to healthy community and cultural development, preservation, education and freedom. And they sure do like movies, too.