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Preserve Me a Seat (2006)

We don't remember a lot about the distant past, but we do remember our favorite movie theatre. "Preserve Me a Seat" is a documentary about these theatres and the ongoing fight to protect and preserve them for future generations.

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We don't remember a lot about our distant past, but we do remember our favorite movie theatre. "Preserve Me a Seat" is a documentary about these theatres and the ongoing fight to protect and preserve them for future generations. Featuring preservation efforts in Boston (The Gaiety Theatre), Detroit (The former Michigan Theatre), Chicago (The DuPage Theatre), Omaha(The Indian Hills Cinerama Theatre), and Salt Lake City (The Villa Theatre), "Preserve Me a Seat" will appeal to anyone who has cherished memories of seeing their favorite movies in a grand theatre, and who appreciates the unique architecture of movie theatres. Written by Jim Fields

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"We sell tickets to theatres, not movies"

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27 July 2006 (USA)  »

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The original version of this film was titled, "Saving The Indian Hills," and was only about the last round Cinerama Theatre left in the U.S. - Omaha's Indian Hills Theatre. However, after a lawsuit was filed against the filmmakers by a member of the group trying to save the theatre that took three years to be dismissed in the filmmaker's favor, writer/director Jim Fields had the idea to expand the movie and include other theatres across the U.S.A. The new film, "Preserve Me a Seat," premiered in late July of 2006 and is now currently playing in film festivals and available on dvd through the production company's website. See more »

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Perfect example of the intolerance and impatience of capitalism...
10 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've seen both versions of this compelling documentary, and, although the final version dissects the demolition of national landmarks in a more nation-wide scale, the first one is an interesting study of the clash between a city, its citizens, their memories and the uncontrollable changes that are forced upon the sociocultural landscape of any individual.

More than a documentary, Saving The Indian Hill (as this doc was originally called) can be seen as a moving drama about how people fight to retain not just a Classic Avant-Garde Movie House, but a way of living.

With a more evocative title and a total makeover, "Preserve me a seat" expands on this subject by exploring the many ways in which capitalism has turned society -and the way people live their lives- into huge symmetrically perfect cubicles filled with emptiness.

I can't wait for Mr. Fields next film.


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