We are Cape Pond Ice Company, a family business on Gloucester harbor dating from 1848. Our “cool” staff have been proud to provide special effects snow, a unique icehouse set, and other ice services to film projects in Massachusetts for more than 30 years, including The Good Son, The Crucible, The Perfect Storm, The Cider House Rules, The Preacher’s Wife, The Witches of Eastwick, Stuck on You, Moonlight Mile/Baby’s in Black, Storm of the Century, Olive Kitteridge, Wicked Tuna, and, currently, Manchester-by-the-Sea.
With our 300-ton capacity ice factory, crystal clear 335# block ice, bagged ice, volume crushed ice, special effects snow, and our fleet of refrigerated ice delivery trucks, our skilled staff have worked closely with many local special effects coordinators to dress many sets, meet many directors’ exacting demands, and keep many caterers and crews well supplied with our “Pure Yankee Cold” ice services.
These Massachusetts film projects and the economic opportunities they provide are all the more important to Cape Pond Ice, and our continued survival, due to crippling declines and the Federal Disaster status of our traditional role providing ice for the Gloucester groundfish fleet and industry.
It’s hard to imagine, but if Sebastian Junger and Warner Bros. hadn’t put us on the map, with The Perfect Storm, filmed in the real, authentic Gloucester and not some Canadian stand-in as was originally planned, our now iconic “Coolest Guys & Gals” branded merchandise business and Gloucester’s growing visitor/tourism economy would be only a fraction of what we have enjoyed the past 15 years!
Movies filmed in Massachusetts because of our tax incentive, and the hard work of our Massachusetts Film Bureau, yield unique and substantial, lasting financial dividends to the Commonwealth economy. Don’t take this away from us!