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Sunday, April 05, 2009

Movie Fans: Don't Miss The Senator's Memorabilia Sale!

I confess. I'm guilty of failing to update my blog in a few days. In my own defense, I must say I've spent about 40 of the last 72 hours at The Senator Theatre. I've been volunteering at The Senator, because they've got back rooms full of massive quantities of movie memorabilia from years of operation, and we've been going through it bit by bit and putting it out in the lobby for sale. What's gone out so far is only the tip of the iceberg, and the sale will go on for the next two weeks as the auction approaches.

Trust me, there are rooms and rooms of posters, standees, old film reels, promotional materials, banners, and tons of other cool stuff. The folks at The Senator have shown me just a portion of it, and my jaw dropped. If you're a movie fan, you've got to get in here in the next few weeks and check this out.

There will be a silent auction for the bigger stuff, and you can sign up to bid from now until just before the theatre goes to auction. Here are a few examples of some of the bigger items available:

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King banner

Custom made Star Wars Episode 1 promotional art for showing at The Senator

Giant plastic Millenium Falcon

Plexiglass Marquee Sign from premiere of John Waters' Cry Baby at The Senator

Hand-painted sign from John Waters' A Dirty Shame premiere at The Senator

That's just a sample. Come on in to see more.

While I was helping with sales the other day, a reporter asked me what The Senator means to me. They didn't put me on the news, probably because I said nice things about the community-oriented way The Senator is run by owner Tom Kiefaber. Millions raised for charity over the years. Hundreds of local charities helped every year. But the local media has their agenda on this issue and doesn't want to put out the positive story from me and hundreds of other local people who have come in to get their piece of Senator history, many of whom have expressed their support and gratitude to Tom Kiefaber personally.

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