ELLSWORTH — An icon of the city’s downtown has taken its place among the nation’s “historic places worthy of preservation.”
Zoe Scott, executive director of The Grand Auditorium, said she learned this week that the theater is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The designation is the culmination of a process that started in 2008. Scott said the theater’s place in downtown Ellsworth and its distinctive art deco architecture were both factors in making the national list.
“You just don’t see theaters like this anymore,” said Scott.
The designation makes the theater eligible for funding for future preservation projects.