Friday night, the Springer Opera House, 103 10th St., becomes a movie house one more time.
When the Springer was built in 1871, it was meant to be a theater, presenting plays on its stage. After the death of vaudeville and dwindling number of traveling shows, it became almost exclusively a movie theater in 1941. It closed in 1959.
In 1964, the Springer was saved from the wrecking ball and local actors began performing on its stage once again. The grand theater received a total makeover in 1997, and reopened two years later as we know it today.
So it's fitting that the first movie shown in the theater is "Gone with the Wind." The novel, written by a Georgian, Margaret Mitchell, the first cousin to Columbus' beloved writer Sara Spano. Spano was the Ledger-Enquirer's food editor for almost 30 years until she retired in the mid-1980s.
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"Gone with the Wind," starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, was released in 1939, the same year as "The Wizard of Oz." The latter, adapted into a musical, can be seen at the Springer as a holiday offering.
The movie can be seen at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Tickets are $10.