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City theater to show 'Gods and Generals'

November 27, 2002|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - "Gods and Generals" director Ron Maxwell is helping to bring a little bit of Hollywood to Hagerstown next year with the film's Maryland premiere Feb. 11 at The Maryland Theatre.

Local residents will have a chance to buy tickets, costing $65 to $130, to attend that premiere and the film's West Virginia premiere the next night at the Apollo Civic Theatre in Martinsburg, W.Va., organizers announced Tuesday morning at The Maryland Theatre.

"Ron (Maxwell) is very interested in expressing, to local communities who supported him and (the) funding of the movie, appreciation," said Dennis Frye, a local Civil War historian and an associate producer for the film.

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"This is a way for Ron to express thanks and bring Hollywood to local communities."

A gala reception catered by Martins West in Baltimore will precede both screenings, organizers said.

Tickets for both events go on sale Monday.

Maryland Theatre Executive Director Pat Wolford said 600 tickets costing $130 each will go on sale for the reception and movie. Another 600 tickets will go on sale just for the movie. They cost $65 each.

Ticket prices are the same for the Apollo Civic Theatre, which has 561 seats, said Bob O'Connor, executive director of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Half of the net proceeds from each event will go to the sponsoring theater, Frye said. The other half will go to Maxwell's foundation to preserve Civil War sites.

Wolford said the theater lost money on the September previews of "Gods and Generals." The premiere and reception are expected to cover costs for the preview and premiere events. The February event could raise $5,000 to $6,000 for the nonprofit theater, Wolford said.

"Gods and Generals" will be released to more than 1,100 theaters in the U.S. on Feb. 21.

The movie's premiere is an invitation-only event in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 10, Frye said.

The Hagerstown advance screening is being held the next night in the hope that the stars who attend the Washington event will stay in the region and come to the one in Hagerstown, Frye said.

Only Maxwell and actor Stephen Lang, who portrayed Gen. Stonewall Jackson, have confirmed they will be at all the advance screenings, Frye said. The other advance screenings expected at this point will be in Lexington, Va., and Richmond.

"Gods and Generals," a prequel to "Gettysburg," follows Jackson's life through the early part of the Civil War.

The film, which is rated PG-13, is 3 hours, 35 minutes long and will have an intermission, Frye said.

The first block of South Potomac Street will be shut down for the reception and screening, Wolford said. The evening will start at 5:30 p.m. with the reception across the street from the theater in the former Schindel, Rohrer & Co. building. The reception will feature a mashed potato bar.

A canopy will connect the Schindel-Rohrer building to the theater annex where the new concession area is, Wolford said.

There will be four searchlights and a red carpet to the theater, organizers said.

Those wishing more information or to buy tickets may call The Maryland Theatre at 301-790-2000 or 301-790-3500 and the Apollo Civic Theatre at 1-304-263-6766.




"Gods and Generals"


PG-13

Length: 3 hours, 35 minutes.

There will be an intermission.




Maryland Premiere



Maryland Theatre


Feb. 11, 2003

Reception and movie: $130 per ticket

Movie: $65 per ticket

301-790-2000 or 301-790-3500

Reception begins at 5:30 p.m.

Movie begins at 8 p.m.




West Virginia Premiere



Apollo Civic Theatre


Feb. 12, 2003

Reception and movie: $130 per ticket

Movie: $65 per ticket

1-304-263-6766

Reception begins at 5:30 p.m.

Movie begins at 8 p.m.

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