HOOPESTON – For the past school year, a handful of Hoopeston Area High School students has been creating a documentary on the historic Lorraine Theatre.
They will premiere their work at the theater, 324 E. Main St., at 6:30 p.m. on May 26.
"We hope they enjoy it, and it brings back a lot of memories for people," said media teacher Dan Reed, who oversaw the project. "We also hope it sparks a re-interest in the Lorraine Theatre, and that people will come up and see more movies."
The public is invited to attend the showing. Tickets are $3 apiece.
All proceeds will go into the Michael Symmonds scholarship fund at the high school. A college scholarship will be awarded next spring to a classmate of the Hoopeston junior, who was killed in a car crash last year.
The documentary was created by students in Reed's TV production class – Katana Byers, Tyler Rush, Koty Prince, Tyler Rush, Jeff Hendricks, Lauren Houmes and Alan Leigh – as well as former student Cristen Prince.
John R. Thompson built the Lorraine, at 324 E. Main St., as a silent theater in 1922 for a little over $100,000. It began showing "talking" pictures eight years later. In 1937, a different owner spent $50,000 to renovate the theater in the Art Deco style, adding the balcony and marquee.
At one point, the theater hosted live performances, which current owner Joshua Caudle has revived by bringing in presentations by the Artistic Repertory Theatre.
The school will sell DVDs of the documentary for $10. They will be available at the premiere or by calling the high school at 283-6662.