When Danvers resident Dan Tremblay retired from the medical field last year, he was able to pursue his hobby of documentary film making, and has begun showing his "Heritage Films" at Hollywood Hits Premiere Theatre every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.
With his Cannon XL2 digital camera, photographs, rented and bought stock footage, along with a lot of research at libraries and on the internet, Tremblay has written, produced, edited, and filmed all of his 30+ documentaries.
He began working on his projects about 30 years ago, and describes his films as "patterned after the Discovery and History Channel." Tremblay wants each of his films to be historical, factual, very visual, and entertaining. "It provides a service to people that want to see something other than the regular Hollywood feature," he said. "It promotes history and learning."
When people come to see a film, Tremblay lets them pick from his list.
"You never know what people are going to want when they come in the door," he said. "I've got one guy who comes every week and scratches them off as he sees them; he's determined to see them all."
Tremblay recently finished a documentary about old time trains, and the film was partially shot in Danvers, along with archival footage. Other films include scenes from the Topsfield Fair, Revere Beach, and recently he produced Black History Tales in honor of Black History Month. He's also made several ghost stories of New England films, many of which were shot in Salem.
Originally from Pittsfield, Tremblay enlisted in the military after graduating from UMass and became a commander of an army medical lab. He still works part time as a state health officer in Andover.
Films are shown at 11:30 a.m., 12 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Hollywood Hits Premiere Theatre. Tickets are $5, with $1 off for seniors.