New Projector at the Warner Grand Unveiled at SPIFFest 2015!

On October 9-11th, San Pedro International Film Festival (SPIFF) put on a spectacular weekend of films and events. Highlights included the 20th Anniversary screening of the Unusual Suspects with a Q & A with the film's director Brian Singer and included the  premiere of the documentary, A Ballerina's Tale: The Incredible Rise of Misty Copeland.  
Also premiering was the Warner Grand Theatre's new high-lumen projector recently purchased and installed by Grand Vision. In “camera-speak”, with an increase from 5,000 to 40,000 lumens, you will now enjoy a crisp, bright and contemporary viewing experience at the Warner Grand.


SPIFF founder and director Ziggy Mrkich asked our ED Liz Johnson to announce the new projector's unveiling before Misty's film was shown. Liz was preceded on stage by Councilman Buscaino who announced the dedication of the intersection of 13th Street at Pacific Ave as Misty Copeland Square.

Liz said she was proud to have helped bring the San Pedro City Ballet back to the Warner Grand in 2008 by installing new stage rigging so that the Theater could be a safe place for children to perform.

Years before, Misty Copeland performed in several Nutcrackers at the Warner Grand Theatre. It is truly an honor for our Theatre to have played a role in her early training with Cindy Bradley, co-director with her husband Patrick of the San Pedro City Ballet.

The festival’s closing film, A Ballerina’s Tale told the inspirational story of Misty's incredible rise to the top of her craft, her struggles with injury and how she is formidably leading the change in perception of beauty and physique in the ballet world.  Now, as the first African American principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre, dancing some of the most traditional ballet roles, she has broken barriers that only years ago seemed insurmountable.  

Misty’s dance achievements are stunning. Additionally, the film portrays her charming and humble way of honoring those who came before her. Several segments of the film highlight past African American ballerinas who were never recognized and whose careers were limited by their appearance.

Seeing this special film at the Warner Grand on the new projector feels like, perhaps we’ve come full circle.  Grand Vision’s stage rigging brought the San Pedro Ballet back to the Warner Grand Stage.  Now, with the many people who have supported Grand Vision for almost two decades, we were able to purchase and install this beautiful new projector- and who knows, maybe the next young person to break through barriers and change the world artistically might be a young filmmaker from San Pedro.

Article Posted: 10/14/2015