“Peyton Place” (1957, USA), filmed on location in Camden, Belfast, Rockland, Lincolnville, Rockport and Thomaston, has had a major new 35mm restoration by 20th Century Fox and will be screened Wednesday evening, July 13, at the Maine International Film Festival in Waterville; and Saturday afternoon, July 16, at Rockland’s Strand Theatre.

Camden Public Library is participating in the revival by offering a “Peyton Place Retrospective” Thursday evening, July 14, at 7 p.m. In celebration of the “new” release, the library will offer a selection of images and scenes from the movie as filmed in Camden. Some of the scenes are quite amusing, such as where the “secret” place Allison is so proud of turns out to be the top of Mt. Battie; and the bus to New York that comes down the street from Hope and heads off to Bangor. Other locations are challenging as to where they were and how they were edited; in one, Allison skips merrily from Chestnut Street to Belfast and back.

Library staff will offer some remarks about the tremendous popularity and impact that the book first had, followed by the movie and its sequels. Organizers hope that anyone familiar with the movie will bring stories about the filming, as there are several people still in town who played extras in 1956. The movie was nominated for a record-breaking nine Academy Awards — record-breaking because it was not awarded a single one.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.