'Lincoln' movie premieres in Lincoln at Lincoln Theater 4
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[November 08, 2012]
Lincoln Theater 4 will present
Steven Spielberg's latest epic, "Lincoln," beginning on Nov. 16.
This movie, which was more than 10 years in the making, stars Daniel
Day-Lewis as U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary
Todd Lincoln. Evening shows and activities are planned for opening
night, allowing the community named for Lincoln by Lincoln to come
out and enjoy history as it comes alive on the big screen.
The star-studded cast also includes Tommy Lee Jones, Hal Holbrook
and John Hawkes, the latter portraying Robert Latham. Robert Latham
was an original developer of the town of Lincoln, working side by
side with Lincoln during the plotting of the town and its
christening. Latham was also one of the primary developers of
Lincoln College, and the town of Latham in Logan County bears his
name. His portrait is located in the rotunda of the historic Logan
County Courthouse, along with the other founding fathers.
is based on "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham
Lincoln," a biography by Doris Kearns Goodwin. The movie covers a
four-month period at the end of Lincoln's life as the president
attempts to get Congress to pass the 13th Amendment, abolishing
slavery. The film's release coincides with the 150th anniversary of
the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation.
The opening night of "Lincoln" in Lincoln will be a grand
red-carpet affair, as moviegoers attending the 5 p.m. show are
greeted by Lincoln and the Lady, portrayed by Chris Hotz and Deborah
Senger of Timeless Presentations. Timeless Presentations was created
in 2008 by the two of them, originally as Abe and Mary Lincoln,
featuring walks, step-on tours, presentations and appearances as an
avenue to provide historic entertainment for central Illinois.
Together they share a striking resemblance to the famous couple and
will greet guests entering the historic Lincoln Theater 4. Everyone
is invited to dress in period attire, and photo opportunities will
be available with President Lincoln and the first lady along the red
carpet prior to entering the theater to enjoy the movie. Lincoln and
the Lady will also be on hand to greet guests and for photos prior
to the 8 p.m. showing.
Lincoln Theater 4 was built in 1923 and has had multiple owners
over the years until Lincoln native David Lanterman purchased it in
January 2011. The largest of the four theaters seats about 175, with
the others approximately 130. Lanterman has been busy changing the
theater technology from 35-millimeter film into a digital format,
which was completed in March.
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Patrons of the Nov. 16 showing at Lincoln Theater 4 can receive
information that night detailing the unique connection of Abraham
Lincoln to the city of Lincoln and can obtain special gift offers
courtesy of the Lincoln Heritage Museum and Postville Courthouse.
Lincoln Heritage Museum will also hand out information regarding
an event on Nov. 28. As a follow-up to the weekend premiere of the
movie's release, there will be an opportunity to further explore the
film's historical merit and accuracy. Local Abraham Lincoln
historians Paul Beaver, Ron Keller and Anne Suttles will present a
panel discussion on Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. at the museum for a reflection
and discussion of the "Lincoln" film. This question-and-answer
session will give moviegoers an opportunity to discuss and dissect
this film masterpiece. The panel discussion will be free and open to
"Lincoln" showtimes of 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. will be
highlighted in local media listings and at Lincoln Theater 4 online
For additional information, contact the Abraham Lincoln Tourism
Bureau of Logan County at 217-732-8687 or
[Text from file received from
Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of