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The Springer Opera House turns into a movie theater on Aug. 27

Once again, the Springer Opera House, 103 10th St., becomes a movie theater. On Aug. 27, the theater will show "Gone With the Wind" at 7:30 p.m.

In 1929, when the stock market crashed, touring theater companies quit playing Southern towns. The Springer began showing movies. Columbus-based Martin Theater Co. used the Springer as a base as well as the Ritz chain. Actor Clark Gable, who starred in "Gone With the Wind," even made an appearance at the venerable theater.

"Gone With the Wind" won 10 Academy Awards, and celebrated its 70th anniversary last year.

"It is still a towering landmark of film, quite simply because it tells a good story, and tells it wonderfully," movie critic Roger Ebert wrote.

The Springer has been outfitted with a larger screen and state-of-the-art digital projection and surround sound.

"We saw the writing on the wall, or perhaps the screen," said assistant box office manager Kristen Metcalfe in a press release. "We will show 'Gone With the Wind' the same year in which we will produce our live stage version of 'The Wizard of Oz.' These were the two of the first titles to provide wide distribution in Technicolor and were released the same year."

The theater's saloon will be open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and are on sale now.

Call 706-327-3688.

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