SALEM — It’s movie night, once again, at The House of the Seven Gables. Not only will guests enjoy a notable movie made from one of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novels, they will watch as actor Vincent Price leads a one-of-a-kind tour of The Gables.  

The second film in the ‘Hawthorne in Hollywood’ film series is Thursday, September 5. The 1940 movie, “The House of the Seven Gables,” stars George Sanders, Margaret Lindsay and Vincent Price at his best. Movie blogger Jeffrey Anderson said that Vincent Price “has one of the darkest and most commanding roles of his early years.” This movie, billed as a gothic romance, was made from Hawthorne’s bestselling novel, “The House of the Seven Gables.”

All are invited to bring friends and family to movie night at The Gables. Settle down with some popcorn and soft drinks and watch as some of Hollywood’s most iconic actors deliver a night of drama and intrigue set, of course, in the house next door. The bonus event — Vincent Price’s narrated tour of The Gables made in 1990 — kicks off the fun evening.

This community film series runs through October 4. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $15 general admission and $12 for members. 

Thursday, September 5, 6:30 p.m. – The House of the Seven Gables (1940)

This critically acclaimed 1940 version of the gothic romance, “The House of the Seven Gables,” stars George Sanders, Margaret Lindsay and Vincent Price at his best. Here’s what the prolific movie blogger Jeffrey Anderson, Combustible Celluloid, wrote in 2018: “Though ghosts are at the edges of the story, and though Price has one of the darkest and most commanding roles of his early years (he was usually a milquetoast), this is not exactly a horror movie. It is about greed and evil, though, and the way that greedy and horrible men inevitably ascend to power, and it’s about delicious revenge.” 3 ½ out of 4 stars

Bonus:A showing of Vincent Price’s 1990 half-hour narrated tour of The House of the Seven Gables will kick off the evening’s tribute to Hawthorne in Hollywood.

Friday, October 4 at 6:30 p.m. – The Scarlet Letter (1926)

The great Swedish director Victor Sjöström delivered his silent film interpretation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter” in 1926, two years before the director’s most celebrated film, “The Wind” — considered by many to be among the greatest silent films ever made. “Movie Classics” blog maintains that Sjöström’s “Scarlet Letter” is also a silent film masterpiece. He used Frances Marion, screenwriter, and Lillian Gish and Lars Hanson, starring actors, in both movies.

The Gables will honor this silent film with a special piano accompaniment by Peter Krasinski. After the film, Nancy Schultz, professor of English at Salem State University, will lead a conversation with the audience.

Co-sponsors: Creative North Shore; Creative Collective MA, Cape Ann Cinema & Stage

About The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association and its mission

Vision: To preserve, share and continue the American Story.

Mission: To be a welcoming, thriving historic site and community resource that engages people of all backgrounds in our inclusive American story. For more information visit www.7gables.org

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