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Kirk Douglas Tries to Save Theater

July 13, 2001

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Kirk Douglas is trying to save a local movie theater that houses the nation’s largest Cinerama screen.

Methodist Health System recently bought the Indian Hills Theater, which closed last September, and plans to demolish it for a parking lot.

``The world does not need another parking lot,″ Douglas wrote in a letter to Methodist officials. ``Instead, please allow this theater to remain and continue to bring the magic of movies to our lives.″

Methodist Health System says renovations would be too costly.

The 84-year-old Douglas, whose films include ``Spartacus″ and ``The Bad and the Beautiful,″ joins Janet Leigh, movie critic Leonard Maltin and other Hollywood figures in asking that the theater be saved.

Indian Hills is one of only three theaters left in the nation capable of showing big-screen Cinerama films. The theater’s curved, floor-to-ceiling screen is 70 feet wide.

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