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Tickets sell well for 'Gods and Generals'

December 31, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

TRI-STATE - Tickets are selling well for advance screenings of the Civil War movie "Gods and Generals," officials at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown and Apollo Civic Theatre in Martinsburg, W.Va., said Monday.

Parts of the movie were filmed locally.

Tickets went on sale in late November for the Feb. 11 screening in Hagerstown and the Feb. 12 screening in Martinsburg.

About 100 people have bought the $65 tickets to see the movie in Hagerstown, said Maryland Theatre Executive Director Pat Wolford.

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An additional 150 people have paid $130 to both see the movie and attend a reception at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. Party attendees will partake in a catered dinner that includes smoked salmon and shrimp scampi in white wine, she said.

Those attending the party receive priority reserved seating.

About 50 people paid $60 to attend the movie screening at the Apollo Civic Theatre, said Shirley Baker, the theater's executive administrative assistant.

About 245 people have paid $125 to attend both the reception and the movie screening, she said.

"Most everyone is quite enthusiastic and wants to do the whole thing," Baker said. "We are quite pleased."

The movie is scheduled to be released to more than 1,100 theaters in the United States on Feb. 21.

The movie's premiere is a Feb. 10 invitation-only event in Washington, D.C.

The Hagerstown advance screening is being held the next night in the hopes that the stars who attend the Washington event will stay in the region and come to the one in Hagerstown, movie officials say.

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

Maxwell said Monday that he is looking forward to attending the screenings.

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

For more information or to purchase tickets, call The Maryland Theatre at 301-790-2000 or 301-790-3500, or the Apollo Civic Theatre at 1-304-263-6766.

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