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Tibbits Opera House documentary to be unveiled later this month, tickets for event now on sale


COLDWATER –Tibbits Opera House invites the community to its “Reflections on a Legacy’ weekend of celebration on April 27 and 28. Events include an art exhibit called “Curtain Call,” the dedication of the newly restored façade, a VIP reception and two showings of the documentary about the preservation of the theatre.

The main focus of the weekend is the world premiere of the Tibbits documentary—“Old Buildings: The Restoration and Preservation of the Tibbits Opera House.” The film by Mike Mort of Equity Studios documents the restoration process. It captures everything from the construction work on the theatre and the fabrication of decorative details to the fundraising and the building of community support. It is a quality film demonstrating the many facets of restoring an old building. While Tibbits Opera House is the star of the film, it is being created as a guide or toolkit for other communities interested in preserving their old buildings. After the premiere and local release Equity Studios plans a national distribution. The plan is to have it broadcast by national public and commercial television stations as well as by preservation organizations across the U.S.

There will be two showings of the film, the Saturday night premiere and a Sunday 2 pm matinee. The Saturday event will include the dedication of the façade with special guests from the political and preservation worlds. Guests from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Michigan Historic Preservation Network, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and government representative will be speaking as well as those representing the documentary.  There will be a VIP reception with hors d’oeuvres and beverages available before the screening. Self guided tours featuring actors portraying figures from the theatre’s past will provide special insights into the history of Tibbits. Following the film, the evening will conclude with a celebratory finale.

According to Sarah Zimmer, Special Events/Development Director for Tibbits, “We are very excited with the interest we are getting from not only across the state but from as far away as California and Arizona. I think people see this as a one-time very special event and they want to be a part of it.” 

Central to the “Reflections on a Legacy” event is an art exhibit “Curtain Call” which focuses on the theatre’s history, architecture and artifacts as well as interpretations of the theme by contemporary artists. The exhibit will run from April 3 through May 14 in the Tibbits art gallery.

Tickets for the Saturday premiere are $45 for just the film and dedication or $75 to include the VIP reception. The dedication and film begins at 8pm the reception begins at 6:30. Tickets for the Sunday matinee are $10, $8 for Tibbits members and $5 for students. Tickets are available on line at www.Tibbits.org, at Tibbits office at 93 West Chicago Street or by calling 517-278-6029. Copies of the documentary will be available on DVD and Blu-Ray following the premiere.