This film tells the surprisingly fascinating story of what happens when an indefatigable group of strangers unite against a corporation to save a last of its kind Cinerama movie theater.
The subject of this film is a 1962 Cinerama movie palace located in Omaha, Nebraska, which has been bought by a local health care giant - Methodist Hospital. Methodist has been down this road before and quickly goes through the p.r. motions of "considering" preserving the old place before it announces that it is "shocked, shocked," to discover that the building has asbestos inside and will have to be torn down. Torn down as soon as possible to make way for a parking lot.
The film next introduces the viewer to a motley group of strangers with nothing in common but their love of the theater. Big deal, you may say - typical initial outcry, protest rally, goofy-looking people carrying handmade signs nailed to sticks. Methodist plays its part spot-on, ignores the protests and moves ahead with its demolition plans.
Just when you think this may be the shortest documentary in history something amazing happens - the cavalry arrives in the form of a dozen Hollywood legends including Kirk Douglas, Charlton Heston, Patricia Neal and Janet Leigh. The legends draw the national media.
The motley group is transformed. Will they have enough time to stop the wrecking ball? The outcome will surprise you.
At times funny and sad, this film is definitely worth seeing. It just may make you consider doing something to save the places you love before its too late.
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