April 12, The Colonial Theatre in Belfast will be 100 years old. The very same day Fenway Park opened and the Titanic departed on its ill-fated voyage, The Colonial Theatre opened its doors to the public.

 

The festivities begin at 6 p.m. and include the following:

 

· Plaque unveiling with comments from Belfast Mayor Walter Ash, Our Town Belfast director Dorothy Havey, Belfast Creative Coalition director Kimberly Callas, and other dignitaries.

 

· Sign the two giant commemorative cards that will be installed for posterity back stage.

 

· Cake contest and consumption. The Colonial is encouraging the creation of commemorative cakes.

 

· Photo opportunity on the grand stage in Dreamland. Dress up and bring your cameras.

 

· Continuous showing of the film “The John Grant era at the Colonial Theatre” a new documentary on John Grant and his family who ran the theatre for 50 years film made by Katie Winship.

 

· Free showing of “Cinema Paradiso” at 7:30 p.m —. the Academy Award winning Italian film about the life of a small town and its movie theater.

 

· Free showing of “Voyage to the Moon” and period cartoons

 

· Free popcorn

 

· Free 2012 necklaces while they last

 

· Drawings

 

· Music by Lincoln Blake

 

· And much more!

 

The Colonial Theatre has been at the heart of Belfast and Waldo County for 100 years. It is estimated that tens of millions of theatergoers have walked through the doors, had their first date, witnessed news reels and grand film and stage entertainment, and coursed back through our hometowns infused by the dreams, imaginations, and talents of entertainers and filmmakers for the last century. Join The Colonial Theatre in celebrating 100 years and the beginning of its second century.

 

For further information call Michael Hurley 338-1975 or mike@pilut.com, Facebook, or colonialtheatre.com.

 

Look for photos of the celebration in next week’s Republican Journal.