Colonial documentary airs on BCTV-2

Jun 07, 2012
John Grant is pictured with a projector at Belfast's Colonial Theatre.

Belfast — Belfast Community Television will present the documentary “The John Grant Era,” produced by Katie Winship for the Colonial Theatre. Recently shown at the Colonial’s 100th anniversary celebration, the film features the Grant family telling the story of John Grant, who worked at the Colonial for 50 years, from 1945 to 1995, when he retired.

Grant became manager of the Colonial in 1952. He began working for the theater as an usher, ticket seller, in the concessions stand and as a projectionist. As manager, Grant’s great passion for the theater and his innovative ideas kept the Colonial going through changes in the industry. Grant faced multiple challenges, not unlike what small town theaters are facing right now with the conversion of film to all digital, said Winship.

BCTV-2 will broadcast the documentary “The John Grant Era” Wednesday, June 13 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, June 16 at 7 p.m.; Wednesday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. and other times in June; check for program listings.

Courier Publications' A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or

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