World premiere of “Preserve Me a Seat”
GRAND ISLAND, NE — A restored theater success story called the Grand Theatre in Grand Island, Nebraska was the setting for the world premiere of the documentary, “Preserve Me a Seat” on Wednesday, July 26, 2006. An audience of 150 filled the lovingly restored deco theater in downtown Grand Island to watch the 118 minute film.
A lively panel discussion occurred after the film with board members of the Grand, the film-makers and real estate developer, Paul Warshauer from Chicago. Although it is billed as a preservation film, it is really the story of three failed attempts to restore old theatres in Omaha, Boston, and Lombard, IL.
Jim Fields interviewed scores of people for the film and edited footage of Richard Sklennar, City of Boston officials and preservation advocates, the Indian Hills Preservation Group and Omaha zoning board and Paul Warshauer, a real estate developer. Field’s video is a cautionary tale to others attempting to try theatre restoration in this century. “Preserve Me a Seat” will be screened in other theatres and film festivals. The film maker The DVDs are on sale on line.
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