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Ohmann Theatre Celebrates 95th Birthday!
The Ohmann Theatre, in conjunction with the Lyons Main Street Program and Peppermint Winter Wonderland, is celebrating the theatre's 95th Birthday with a family matinee celebration and showing of The Sound of Music. The Family Matinee and Birthday Celebration is scheduled for 2:30 pm, Sunday, December 12th at 65 William Street in downtown historic Lyons. Though the theatre will be presenting the movie over the weekend with Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening showings, The Lyons Main Street Program will be celebrating with local families at the Sunday afternoon matinee. The general admission price for the matinee showing is $3.00 per person and the theatre will be providing birthday party hats and cake to all those that purchase a ticket for the matinee showing. There will be a costume contest for those that would like to dress up as their favorite character or choose a line from one of the many songs and represent it (i.e.: "girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes"). Guests are encouraged to sing along with the many popular tunes from the movie including "My Favorite Things" (which has become a Christmas standard), "Climb Ev'ry Mountain", "So-long, Farewell" and "The Lonely Goatherd".
The Ohmann Theatre was built in 1915 by Burt Ohmann and the theatre was continually operated by Burt's family until the late 1980's when it was sold. Burt's grandson, Bob, brought the theatre back to the Ohmann family with a complete reconstruction in 2005. Through its long and proud history the Ohmann Theatre has been a live theatre house, the site of vaudeville and musical entertainment, and even a venue for amateur boxing. Of course, the movie screen was always there, lighting the faces of the finest actors and the most touching cinematic moments, from the earliest silent films through the talkie era and beyond. Highlights of the renovation were reconstruction of the interior, complete with reconfigured seating, restored woodwork and trim, new flooring, and bathroom facilities. New seating was built to match the originals by the Irwin Company, the same firm that built the original seating in 1914. Approximately 65 of the original seats were saved for use in the balcony. Further improvements were a new projection system, with both film and DVD capabilities, new sound system, with special surround-sound and digital stereo and new stage sound and lighting.
The theatre's large screen capabilities make it ideal for showings of both new and vintage films, something that is missing from newer theaters and multiplexes. The concession stand offers budget friendly treats and snacks along with freshly popped popcorn that is a perennial favorite with Ohmann Theatre movie-goers. Join us in wishing the Ohmann Theatre Happy Birthday while attending a budget and family friendly event. For further information, please contact theatre manager, Tom Herendeen, at 315-719-2999, the Lyons Main Street Program at 315-871-4220 or the Ohmann Theatre at 315-946-4604 and website at www.ohmanntheatre.com.


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