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Barrymore' comes to The Grand

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ELLSWORTH - The Grand celebrates stage icon John Barrymore with a new high definition film: 'Barrymore' a captured-live stage production starring Academy Award Winner Christopher Plummer on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m.

'Barrymore,' set in 1942, follows acclaimed American actor John Barrymore, a member of one of Hollywood's most well-known multi-generational theatrical dynasties. No longer a leading box office star, the film finds Barrymore reckoning with the ravages of his life of excess. He has rented a grand old theatre to rehearse for a backer's audition to raise money for a revival of his 1920 Broadway triumph in 'Richard III.' It leads him to look back on the highs and lows of his stunning career and remarkable life.

Plummer won a 1997 Tony Award for his turn as John Barrymore in the Broadway play written by William Luce. Directed and adapted by Erik Canuel, the high-definition movie capturing Plummer's performance with multiple cameras was done over seven days on location and on the stage during a limited run at the Elgin Theater in Toronto.This event also includes a 'making of' documentary, 'Backstage with Barrymore,' immediately following the film, with historic footage of the man and starring Helen Mirren, Julie Andrews and Zoe Caldwell.

Tickets are available at The Grand box office (667-9500) or online at General admission tickets are $7, while seniors are $6 and members are $5.

Films continue at The Grand with a Family Holiday Matinee of 'The Pirates - Band of Misfits,' an animated comedic high sea adventure from the makers of 'Wallace and Gromit,' running from Dec. 26 31 at 1 p.m. This film is sponsored by the City of Ellsworth, with all seats $1.

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