Summer 2004 Screening List

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Mabel Tainter Theater Seating Chart

During our 2004 theatrical tour, we made a special effort to book Villisca: Living with a Mystery into historically significant venues.  We also enhanced the showings with additional features meant to reinforce the themes in the film and to add enjoyment for our audiences.

Our sincere thanks go out to all who assisted with and/or attended our 43 memorable and successful showings in 24 cities in less than 90 days!

Des Moines, Iowa Premiere Evening Events

June 10, 2004, Thursday 5:00pm  Des Moines, IA  SNEAK PREVIEW GALA EVENT to benefit the State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) -- State of Iowa Historical Building Theatre 5:00pm. Premium tickets available through the SHSI, call 515.281.6412 for details. Seating is limited. Step back in time for an evening that begins with Model-T Fords, a barbershop quartet, lobby exhibit featuring historical artifacts related to the 1912 Villisca axe murders, live ragtime piano, food and drink, and preshow magic lantern slides.  Panel discussion to follow the documentary includes filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle, historians Dr. Edgar Epperly and Dr. Bruce Stillians, former Villisca Mayor Susie Enarson, and axe murder victim family members Robert Moore and Adrianne Graham. Discussion to be moderated by Iowa broadcaster Mary Brubaker.
 
June 10, 2004, Thursday  Des Moines, IA  PREMIERE -- State of Iowa Historical Building Theatre (Private event -- no tickets for sale to the public -- several pairs of tickets will be given away through Des Moines radio stations)

State Historical Society of Iowa

600 East Locust, Des Moines, Iowa 50319

Photo courtesy State Historical Society of Iowa

www.iowahistory.org

Des Moines, Iowa

June 11, 2004, Friday 9:00pm  Des Moines, IA -- State Historical Society of Iowa Building Terrace -- "Screening Under the Stars" - Show begins at dusk - bring your own lawnchair/blanket. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be moved into the atrium. ($7/pp)

Please note that the subject matter of this historical documentary (a mystery involving the murder of children and other adult themes) may be too intense for those under 12.  Parental guidance is strongly encouraged.


June 12, 2004, Saturday 2:00pm  Des Moines, IA -- State Historical Society of Iowa Building Theater ($8/pp) All remaining screenings on this schedule include: lobby display of historical artifacts, pre-show "magic lantern" slides and ragtime music, the documentary feature film with a running time of two hours, and post screening discussion with the filmmakers.   Dr. Edgar Epperly, will participate in the Q&A following this screening.


June 12, 2004, Saturday 7:00pm  Des Moines, IA -- State Historical Society of Iowa Building Theater ($10/pp)   Dr. Edgar Epperly, will participate in the Q&A following this screening.


June 13, 2004, Sunday 2:00pm  Des Moines, IA -- State of Iowa Historical Building Theatre ($8/pp)  Dr. Edgar Epperly, will participate in the Q&A following this screening.


June 13, 2004, Sunday 7:00pm  Des Moines, IA -- State of Iowa Historical Building Theatre ($10/pp)  Dr. Edgar Epperly, will participate in the Q&A following this screening.

Villisca, Iowa
 
June 17, 2004, Thursday 6:00pm  Villisca, IA -- Southwest Iowa PREMIERE -- Special Villisca Theater Board Benefit Screening -- Rialto Theatre ($10/pp)  -- Reception/Screening/Discussion with the Rundles and Dr. Edgar Epperly.  All ticket sales will benefit the Theater Board.  Call 712-826-7682 for tickets/information.

The Rialto Theater, just off the town square on the South end of 3rd Street in Villisca.

Fourth Wall Photo

June 18, 2004, Friday 8:00pm  Villisca, IA -- Rialto Theater ($8/pp)

Please note that the subject matter of this historical documentary (a mystery involving the murder of children and other adult themes) may be too intense for those under 12.  Parental guidance is strongly encouraged.


June 19, 2004, Saturday 12:30pm  Villisca, IA -- Rialto Theater ($8/pp)


June 20, 2004, Sunday 2:00pm  Villisca, IA -- Rialto Theater ($8/pp)


June 20, 2004, Sunday 7:00pm  Villisca, IA -- Rialto Theater ($8/pp)

Pella, Iowa
 
June 22, 2004  Pella, IA -- Cox-Snow Recital Hall, Central College 7:00pm ($8/pp)

Burlington, Iowa
 
June 23, 2004  Burlington, IA -- Arts for Living Center 7:00pm ($8/pp)

Arts for Living Center in Burlington, Iowa is a former German Methodist Episcopal church built in 1896.  It features exhibits, lecture programs, classes, and an art gallery dedicated to local artists.

Photo courtesy the Arts for Living Center.

Moline, Illinois

June 24, 2004  Moline, IL -- Black Hawk College Theatre, Building-1, Room-306 6:30pm ($10/pp)

June 25, 2004  Moline, IL -- Black Hawk College Theatre, Building-1, Room-306 6:30pm ($10/pp)

Black Hawk College

Davenport, Iowa Quad-Cities
 
June 26, 2004  Davenport, IA -- Mary Fluhrer Nighswander Theater, Annie Wittenmyer Complex 7:30pm ($10/pp)  Built near the end of the Civil War, it later became Iowa's first Orphanage.  The chapel was renovated as a theater and now it is the home of the Open Cities Film Society, children’s theatre productions during the school year, class performances and recitals, summer classes, and RDC, a professional modern dance company.

www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/leisure/parks/theatre.htm

Shenandoah, Iowa
 
July 5, 2004  Shenandoah, IA -- Garden Theater 7:00pm ($8/pp-seating VERY limited)

Villisca, Iowa
 
July 3, 2004  Villisca, IA -- Rialto Theater 3:00pm ($8/pp)
July 3, 2004  Villisca, IA -- Rialto Theater 7:00pm ($8/pp)

Iowa Falls, Iowa
 
July 8, 2004  Iowa Falls, IA -- The historic Boat Club on the Iowa river! 7:00pm ($7/pp)
 
Decorah, Iowa
 
July 10, 2004  Decorah, IA -- Special screening, Marty's Cyber Cafe, Luther College 7:00pm -- post screening discussion with the Rundles and Dr. Edgar Epperly will focus on little-known quirky and bizarre subplots in the Villisca axe murder story: a baker who literally got into his work, the red-haired men, skull fragments under the bar, secret audio recordings, and more.  Who knew Iowa history could be so...weird?
 
July 11, 2004  Decorah, IA -- Winneshiek Opera House 2:00pm ($8/pp)
July 11, 2004  Decorah, IA -- Winneshiek Opera House 7:00pm ($10/pp)

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Built in 1870, the former Steyer Opera House has been restored to its former magnificence by the same construction and architectural firms that renovated the Iowa State Capitol Building and the Governor’s Mansion.

Photo courtesy the Winneshiek Hotel and Opera House.

www.hotelwinn.com

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

July 13, 2004  Cedar Rapids, IA Cherry Auditorium, Coe College 7:00pm ($8/pp)

Cherry Auditorium at Coe College in Cedar Rapids

Photo courtesy Coe College

www.coe.edu

Ellsworth, Kansas
 
July 21, 2004  Ellsworth, KS (TBA) Hosted by the Ellsworth County Historical Society.
 
Beatrice, Nebraska

July 23, 2004  Beatrice, NE Southeast Community College Truman Center Theatre 7:00pm ($11/pp)-- Continuing Education Program -- Post-screening discussion with Library Director Laureen Reidesel, Dr. Edgar Epperly, and the Rundles will focus on the role of the Beatrice bloodhounds in the early axe murder investigation.  Contact Kelly Morgan at 402.228.8244 for registration information.

www.southeast.edu


*Omaha, Nebraska

July 25, 2004 Omaha, NE -- Strauss Performing Arts Center-University of Nebraska at Omaha 3:00pm ($10/pp)


Leon, Iowa

July 27, 2004 Leon, Iowa -- South Central Iowa Theater (formerly the Idle Hour Theater -- a vintage vaudeville theater built in 1912) 7:00pm ($7/pp)  Post screening discussions with the Rundles and Leon native son Dr. Edgar Epperly will focus on the axe used in the Villisca slayings (formerly on display in a Leon bookstore and museum).


Red Oak, Iowa

Special Historical Event!

These special screenings will take place in the same courtroom where the 1916 and 1917 Villisca axe murder trials took place.   Post screening discussion with the Rundles and Dr. Edgar Epperly will focus on the legal machinations related to the axe murders.

July 30, 2004  Red Oak, IA -- Montgomery County Courthouse 7:00pm ($8/pp)
July 31, 2004  Red Oak, IA -- Montgomery County Courthouse 2:00pm ($8/pp)
July 31, 2004  Red Oak, IA -- Montgomery County Courthouse 7:00pm ($8/pp)


Cedar Falls-Waterloo, Iowa

August 1, 2004 Cedar Falls, IA -- Oster Regent Theatre 7:00pm ($8/pp).

Built in 1910 and restored in 1994, the Oster Regent Theatre, now on the National Register of Historic Places, is a landmark on First and Main in Cedar Falls.

www.cedarnet.org/regent/


*Davenport, Iowa Quad-Cities
 
August 7, 2004  Davenport, IA -- Mary Fluhrer Nighswander Theater, Annie Wittenmyer Complex 7:00pm ($10/pp)  Built near the end of the Civil War, it later became Iowa's first Orphanage.  The chapel was renovated as a theater and now it is the home of the Open Cities Film Society, children’s theatre productions during the school year, class performances and recitals, summer classes, and RDC, a professional modern dance company.

www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/leisure/parks/theatre.htm


Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
 
Friday the 13th, August 2004  Fond du Lac, WI -- University of Wisconsin, Prairie Theater 7:00 p.m. ($8/pp)


Milwaukee, Wisconsin

August 12, 2004 Milwaukee, WI - TBA


Soldier's Grove, Wisconsin

August 15, 2004  Soldier's Grove, WI -- Old Oak Inn, Acorn Lounge 2:00 pm & 7:00pm ($6/pp). See Villisca in a beautifully restored Victorian mansion nestled in the rolling hills of southern Wisconsin (it also happens to be a great bed & breakfast!).  Seating is VERY limited.  Advance tickets are recommended and can be purchased below.

www.oldoakinn.com


Menomonie, Wisconsin

August 19, 2004  Menomonie, WI -- Mabel Tainter Theater 7:00pm ($6/pp) Contact the Mabel Tainter Theatre for tickets and other information. 715.235.9726 or visit www.mabeltainter.com.

Villisca will be featured at the restored 1889 Mabel Tainter Theater on August 19, 2004

Photo Courtesy the Mabel Tainter Theater

*Des Moines, Iowa

August 20, 2004, Friday 7:00pm Des Moines, IA -- State Historical Society of Iowa Building Theater ($10/pp) Event includes: lobby display of historical artifacts, pre-show "magic lantern" slides and ragtime music, the documentary feature film with a running time of two hours, and post screening discussion with the filmmakers.

August 22, Sunday 2:00pm  Des Moines, IA -- State Historical Society of Iowa Building Theater ($8/pp)

August 22, 2004, Sunday 7:00pm  Des Moines, IA -- State Historical Society of Iowa Building Theater ($10/pp)

Clarinda, Iowa

August 21, 2004, Saturday 7:00pm Clarinda, IA -- Clarinda High School Auditorium ($10/pp) Event includes: lobby display of historical artifacts, pre-show "magic lantern" slides and ragtime music, the documentary feature film with a running time of two hours, and post screening discussion with the filmmakers. Organized and promoted by Villisca associate producer Adam Lawrence.


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