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The special screening of WEST SIDE STORY on No.11 2002, helped mark the 75th.anniversary of the theatre with a sparkling new print of the film. Russ Tamblyn and Marni Nixon added to the fun. Dancers performed a tribute to the choreography of Jerome Robbins. Over 1,200 people attended. For more Info go to www.omahafilmevent.com
The theater has been successfully renovated and it is still a functional movie house with a screen that is set up for use when needed for screenings. It is primarily a performing arts theater.
The Cinema Center theater has hosted 4 of my 10 film tributes here in Omaha Ne. PSYCHO with actress Janet Leigh attending was the first event I held there in 1994.Miss Leighs'daughter Kelly Curtis, saw PSYCHO for the first time at this event! GONE WITH THE WIND with actress Ann Rutherford (Careen O'Hara in the film) and a contingent of Civil War re enactors was the second event held there. MR.SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON, with Producer Frank Capra Jr. attending, was a salute to legendary director Frank Capra. PATTON was attended by the grandson of Gen.Patton, and was the first time the family had ever attended an event for that film! Go to my web site www.omahafilmevent.com to see photos from these and other events I have produced in Omaha Ne. that have attained international attention.
For those who are interested, go to my web site www.omahafilmevent.com and check out the 10 film events I have produced in Omaha that have attained international recognition. Six of these events have been held at the Indian Hills theater. Go to the “past events” page to see…the events I’ve held at the Indian Hills ..BEN HUR, THE LONGEST DAY, THE SEARCHERS, KING KONG, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL and a Ray Harryhausen festival with MYSTERIOUS ISLAND and JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS. These events have helped tremendously in keeping the theater in the publics' eye, regardless of Carmike Cinemas bankruptcy.
Four other events were held at the Cinema Center theater, which also has a large screen and 800 seat auditorium… If efforts to reopen the theater are successful, I would continue the film tributes at the Indian Hills theater.