ELLSWORTH The Grand, downtown Ellsworth's historic 1938 Art Deco theater and a nonprofit committed to enriching the lives of people in Downeast and Eastern Maine by presenting diverse, unique, high-quality programs that provide entertaining, artistic, educational and social experiences, has been selected as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program for the month of March.

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ELLSWORTH - The Grand, downtown Ellsworth's historic 1938 art deco theatre, announces the first ever 'Grand Mouth Off Lip Sync Battle,' a fundraising event for The Grand to be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at 7 p.m.

The Grand has invited area businesses to compete in the Grand Mouth Off, with Maine Coast Memorial Hospital and Stanley Subaru committed to perform with additional businesses to be announced. The Grand's board of directors will open the event with their own version of the 'Muppets Show Theme.' Each team will then compete against other businesses and perform to popular tunes. Lip Sync teams will be judged by a panel of celebrity judges and the audience votes with their dollars. Top teams move to the finals and perform a new song for the audience and judges.

Published in Happenings

ELLSWORTH - The Grand announces the first in a new series of high-definition simulcast performances from The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company a production of Shakespeare's classic 'The Winter's Tale,' starring Branagh and one of Britain's grande dames of the stage and screen, Judi Dench, presented in a special leap day screening on Monday, Feb. 29 at 2 p.m. General admission tickets for the screening are $18 for adults/seniors and $15 for Grand members and are available at The Grand Box Office, by phone (207) 667-9500 or online at

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ELLSWORTH - The Grand has brought together theater professionals Rebecca Edmondson, Robin Jones, Nina Robinson-Poole, Carol Korty and Andrew Simon and Brittany Parker to teach a week-long series of workshops on the world of theater for all youth ages 9-14 interested in the stage. Workshops happen every day from 9 a.m. to noon, during winter vacation, Monday, Feb. 15 through Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. Cost per child is $30 per day or $125 for the entire week. Space is limited and registration closes on Friday, Feb. 12.

Do you have a child who has always wanted to be an actor, write and perform comedy skits or dance onstage? This is a perfect opportunity; for one whole week, your child can learn about acting, dancing or even onstage fighting. Here's the lineup for the February Vacation Theater Workshops:

Published in Press Releases
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 10:45

Les Liaisons Dangereuses' at the Grand!

ELLSWORTH - The Grand announces the next in a series of high-definition simulcast performances from The National Theatre of London a revival of Christopher Hampton's theatrical adaptation of 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses,' Choderlos de Laclos' novel of sex, intrigue, and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France, presented on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. General admission tickets for the screening are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, $15 for Grand members, $13 for students and $10 for youth 12 and under, and are available at The Grand Box Office, by phone (207) 667-9500 or online at

Published in Press Releases
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 14:37

Les Pecheurs de Perles' in HD at The Grand!

ELLSWORTH - The Live in HD high-definition simulcast series of productions from The New York Metropolitan Opera continues its 2015 2016 season at The Grand on Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. with a presentation of Georges Bizet's gorgeous opera of lust and longing 'Les Pcheurs de Perles' (The Pearl Fishers). The opera stars German soprano Diana Damrau, Lela, the beautiful Hindu priestess in this production directed by Penny Woolcock ('Doctor Atomic'). Tickets are $27 for adults, $25 for Grand members and $20 for students (15 and under).

Published in Music
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 12:42

Warming up winter again at The Grand

ELLSWORTH For the 5th year in a row, The Grand in downtown Ellsworth is helping the Knights of Columbus warm up winter for those in need with a fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. (with a snow date of Jan. 24 at 4 p.m.). 'To Warm A Winter's Night V' will feature great music by the area's local talented musicians and raise needed money for the THAW (The Heating and Warmth) Fund as well as other heating assistance funds. Tickets for the event are $15.00 and can be purchased at The Grand, by phone (667-9500) or online.

Support for the event is community wide, with businesses helping with advertising and musicians donating their talents. Local performers include Bobbi Lane, MacLir and the Trisha Mason Band.

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ELLSWORTH - The Grand announces the next in a series of high-definition encore performances from The National Theatre of London a production of the Shakespearean classic 'Hamlet' starring the Olivier award-winning Rory Kinnear on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17 general admission, $15 for seniors, $14 for members, $12 for students and $10 for youth 12 and under and are available at The Grand Box Office, by phone (207) 667-9500 or online at

National Theatre Live's 2010 broadcast of 'Hamlet' returns to cinemas as part of the National Theatre's 50th anniversary celebrations. Following his celebrated performances at the National Theatre in 'Burnt by the Sun,' 'The Revenger's Tragedy,' 'Philistines' and 'The Man of Mode,' Rory Kinnear plays Hamlet in a dynamic new production of Shakespeare's complex and profound play about the human condition, directed by Nicholas Hytner. He is joined by Clare Higgins (Gertrude), Patrick Malahide (Claudius), David Calder (Polonius), James Laurenson (Ghost/Player King) and Ruth Negga (Ophelia). Kinnear, an actor who the London Evening Standard declared 'has won not only the respect but the affection of audiences, critics and his peers,' is guided through his portrayal of Shakespeare's melancholy Dane by the acclaimed director Stephen Hytner bringing about 'an evening to admire and cherish,' according to The Guardian.
The Grand is proud to be presenting NT Live, a series of high definition simulcasts and encore performances from The National Theatre of London, which includes the upcoming encore high definition presentation of 'Frankenstein' starring the two actors most famous for playing Sherlock Holmes on television in the 21st century, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller on Oct. 31 at 7 p.m.

Published in Press Releases
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 12:35

The art of Manet' screens at the Grand

ELLSWORTH - Take a walk through one of the first 19th-century artists to approach modern and postmodern life subjects in the HD cinema event 'Manet: Portraying Life' screening at The Grand on Thursday, May 23 for a one-time only performance at  6 p.m.

The eagerly-awaited exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, 'Manet: Portraying Life' is being captured for cinema screens worldwide and is the first ever major exhibition in the UK devoted to the portraiture of Edouard Manet, spanning his entire career. It brings together great works from across Europe, Asia and the USA. In addition, cinemagoers will see exclusive behind-the-scenes moments of the Royal Academy's exhibition preparation - moments usually hidden from view - and experience a detailed, superbly crafted biography of Manet and 19th-century Paris. Host Tim Marlow (along with expert guests) examines the work of one of the all-time great artists.

Published in Happenings

ELLSWORTH - James Graham's biting, energetic and critically-acclaimed new political play 'This House' will be broadcast live from London to The Grand screen on Thursday, May 16 for one performance at 2 p.m. NT LIVE is The Grand's series of high-definition simulcast performances from The National Theatre of London.

It's 1974, and the corridors of Westminster ring with the sound of infighting and backbiting as Britain's political parties battle to change the future of the nation, whatever it takes. In this hung parliament, the ruling party holds on by a thread. Votes are won and lost by one, fist fights erupt in the bars, and ill MPs are hauled in to cast their votes. It's a time when a staggering number of politicians die, and age-old traditions and allegiances are thrown aside in the struggle for power. Graham's new play strips politics down to the practical realities of those behind the scenes who roll up their sleeves, and on occasion bend the rules, to maneuver a diverse and conflicting chorus of MPs within the Mother of all Parliaments.

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