Digital Cinema Projector Fund
If you would like to see newly-released films closer to their national release date, if you are a regular attendee of the Metropolitan Operas, or National Theater Live, if you love the adrenaline-producing, adventure films of the Banff Film Festival and couldn’t imagine a winter without it, if you enjoy documentaries, French films and classics and festivals like the Manhattan Short, this projector would serve YOU!
We have a need.
The Grand’s projector is being held together with proverbial duct tape. The speakers are inadequate for use during films. Film-goers are hearing a muddled version of what the film producer intended. The current 1938 glass bead screen is ripped and doesn’t have the picture brightness available through current screen technology. When we show a newly released film, it’s often eight weeks or more after the national release date. Many people head to Bangor in the meantime. The National Theater Live broadcast is enjoyed by many, but for some the British accents are challenging to decipher. Finally, as the film industry moves entirely to digital, without a digital projector we will eventually be excluded from showing any film content.
There’s a solution to all of this!
With a new digital cinema projector system, we will gain these benefits:
- Dramatic improvement of the picture quality and sound
- See current release films sooner! (4-6 weeks out instead of 2 months out or more)
- Enjoy musicals and stage plays from Broadway to Ellsworth through simulcast
- Subtitles for National Theater Live broadcasts
- Ability to show films in 3-D – the only one of its kind in Hancock County
This campaign began with a $50,000 matching challenge gift from a generous anonymous donor. Because of the support of patrons in the community, we met and surpassed that challenge!
Join the campaign! Here’s how you can help:
Make a tax-deductible contribution. No donation is too small!
Help spread the word! Share our GoFundMe page with friends, family and colleagues. www.gofundme.com/TheGrandEllsworth
Make a major gift. Feel free to contact Amy Morley, Chair, Development Committee, Board of Directors, at (207) 667-4888 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to discuss our remaining needs for the campaign and how we can recognize your generosity.
If you wish to send a contribution by check, please send your check to: The Grand Theater, Digital Cinema Projector Campaign, 165 Main St, Ellsworth, ME 04605.
About The Grand: Built in 1938 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012, The Grand was designed and has been maintained in the style of authentic Art Deco architecture. Serving as an artistic hub in the center of Hancock County, The Grand provides film, live theater, live music, simulcasts of The Metropolitan Opera, comedians, and a robust arts education program. For event schedule, visit www.grandonline.org and follow us on Facebook.
The projector is already here and installed, and we invite you all to join us tonight at The Grand for a Projector Premiere, with a special screening of Disney Pixar’s “Up” in 3-D as a special thank you for your support of the arts in Ellsworth!
As of December 24, we have raised $126,000, 76% of the $165,000 total necessary for this project.
We only have $39,000 left to go.