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Rialto Theater Celebrates 90 Years with a Film that Premiered in Tucson in 1924

The Mine with the Iron Door lobby card

The Mine with the Iron Door lobby card

The historic Rialto Theater in downtown Tucson is turning 90! And to celebrate, they found and restored a silent western film that originally premiered in Tucson in 1924.   The Mine with the Iron Door was filmed in Tucson, and was written by Tucson author, Harold Bell Wright (who I wrote about in a posting a few months ago, check out that article to see how Harold Bell Wright is connected to Tucson real estate.)

According to the Rialto Theater, only 10% of silent movies have survived over the years, and they were lucky to find copies in Russia and France. The film is currently on loan from the Paris.

The film screening is part of a fundraiser being held on Friday, October 8, 2010. They are also planning other events including a ‘prohibition’ cocktail party, live jazz music, and a vintage ‘Rancho Tucsonia’ fashion show.  Tickets are $50 each for the entire event, or $20 to see the screening only on Saturday. There is also a Sunday matinee screening which will be $10. Tickets can be purchased at the Rialto box office or online.

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