UPDATED: Grange and film festival back on track

The lift at Grange Hall in West Tisbury needs to be repaired. — MV Times

The lift at Grange Hall in West Tisbury broke on Thursday, forcing The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival to make last-minute changes to its schedule. However, film festival executive director Brian Ditchfield notified The Times the lift has been repaired on Friday and all programs scheduled for the Grange, starting on Saturday night’s showing of the “Great Ponds” documentary series’ first episode, are back on track. 

“That’s our regular venue,” Ditchfield said. He was not sure what the problem was but was happy the lift is operational again. 

The venue for the film festival’s showing of “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On “changed to The Capawock theater in Vineyard Haven, which the Hall family owns. 

“We’re very thankful to them,” Ditchfield said. He said the Halls were “very generous” and offered to be an alternative venue for the film festival, when available, until the lift is fixed. 

The Grange is owned by Vineyard Trust, whom Ditchfield said the film festival is working with to resolve the issue. When The Times reached out to executive director Nevette Previd, she said she did not know what happened to the “absolutely brand new lift” that cost $100,000 to install. The lift repairman lives off-Island, according to Previd.  

The film festival also has other venues for its events, such as the drive-in at the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard and other trust-owned properties like Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs.

Despite the Grange returning to service, Ditchfield said the live performance by singer Rose Guerin planned for tonight was canceled.

“We weren’t sure if the elevator would be fixed, and we needed to make a call,” he said. “Tickets are still available for tonight’s screening of ‘Turning Red’ and tomorrow’s screening of ‘Back to the Future’ at the Drive-In at the YMCA.”


  1. I am happy to report that the elevator issues have been resolved and we have been given the all clear to resume regular programming at the newly renovated Grange Hall theater. We are thankful to everyone who helped to fix the problem and to our patrons for their patience and flexibility over the last 24 hours. We look forward to seeing you at The Grange and The Drive-In at the YMCA! Check out our amazing summer line up at tmvff.org. Now on with the shows!

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