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Opening set for cinema museum

By The Herald Staff | 5/7/2014

Movie fans soon will have the opportunity to revel in Hollywood memorabilia in downtown Ottawa.

The reported oldest operating movie theater in America, The Plaza Cinema, 209 S. Main St., Ottawa, is expected to open a movie memorabilia museum 7 p.m. May 15 at the theater.

Movie fans soon will have the opportunity to revel in Hollywood memorabilia in downtown Ottawa.

The reported oldest operating movie theater in America, The Plaza Cinema, 209 S. Main St., Ottawa, is expected to open a movie memorabilia museum 7 p.m. May 15 at the theater.

The exhibit includes a collection of movie props, costumes, scripts, posters and original, signed photographs from big screen favorites such as “King Kong,” “Three Musketeers,” “Hunger Games,” “Creature from the Black Lagoon” and others, according to a Plaza news release.

The collections are “a joy to see and were acquired with help from the Franklin County Historical Society and special friends,” Peach Madl, cinema executive director, said.

The museum is a celebration of cinema magic and reflects the films played at The Plaza Cinema during the past 106 years, Madl said.

Lawrence resident Keith Lonecker, actor in “Superbad,” “Out of Sight,” “Leatherheads,” “Lakeview Terrace” and the coming film “Jersey Boys” is expected to be at the museum’s grand opening, Madl said.

A limited number of tickets are available for the event. For reservations, call (785) 242-5555 or go online at www.plazacinemagicexperience.com/box-office/purchase-tickets-online

Scott Zaremba, president of Zarco USA, Lawrence, with a Zarco 66 store in Ottawa, has been instrumental in helping establish the movie memorabilia museum, Madl said.

“Scott Zaremba was happy to jump on board and help us after he learned of the historical value of The Plaza,” Madl said. “It’s important to preserve and protect this historical landmark.”

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