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The Grand presents a film tribute to Skip Baker

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ELLSWORTH - The Grand celebrates the legacy of their beloved, late film programmer Skip Baker, showing some of his favorite films starting Monday, May 6 and running through Saturday, May 11.

To kick off this festival, The Grand is hosting a reception at Gallery Grand at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 6 with Morton's Moo ice cream and, yes, pie. (Did we say that Skip LOVED pie?)  Everyone is welcome to celebrate The Grand, movies, pie on Monday, May 6 at 6 p.m. at Gallery Grand, next door to the theatre, before the opening film, 'Casablanca.'


Skip Baker was responsible for some of the best film-going experiences in the region for over 20 years. Now, as part of the Grand's 75th Anniversary Celebration, the historic theater celebrates his marvelous legacy by screening six of his favorite films over one week.  Each film screens twice, a new film every day.

  •  Monday, May 6 :  'Casablanca' Skip's all-time favorite film, a perfect combination of wartime romance, intrigue and some of the cleverest movie dialogue ever. With Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
  •  Tuesday, May 7: 'Some Like it Hot' Who can fault Skip for loving this classic? Jack Lemon, Tony Curtis and Marilynn Monroe star in Billy Wilder's hot comedy.
  •  Wednesday, May 8:  'To Kill a Mockingbird'  Gregory Peck stars in this classic film set it the mid-20th century south, where honesty and human rights are put to the test against racism and fears. A Skip Baker truth-and-beauty pick.
  •  Thursday, May 9: 'Shakespeare in Love'  Skip certainly had his soft spot for romance, comedy and literature ... and what better film to express such delights than this gem starring Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush and Gweneth Paltrow.
  •  Friday, May 10: 'High Noon'  This western classic starring Gary Cooper is shot in real time ... Skip loved the device. As the lawman counts the minutes for the arrival of the gang who threaten to murder him, Grace Kelly stars as the bride who fears the worst for her new husband.  
  •  Saturday, May 11: 'Cinema Paradiso' The tenderest pick of the festival, as Skip loved this story of the true art and history of cinema in the old world tradition. Set in Italy in the wake of World War II, 'Cinema Paradiso' holds a tiny village's hopes and dreams through its young filmophile, Salvatore.

Tickets are $25 for a festival pass and $5 for individual titles.

This film festival celebrates The Grand's 75th Anniversary, a series of events marking the Grand's history of showcasing the best performing arts - including theatre, film, music, live comedy and more. Visit the web site, to find all future 75th Anniversary events, including the Grand Week celebration in July. Like The Grand on Facebook at


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