This past Saturday (March 18th) was the BIG DAY – the premiere of “Without a Country”!!!
The day started with a tasty lunch at the Hotel Continental, a charming restored hotel in Centerville, Iowa. The hotel has hosted a number of notable guests including Jesse & Frank James, Booker T. Washington, Carrie Nation and Simon Estes. It looked different in those days… but I suspect the hospitality was just as remarkable in those times as it was this past Saturday. Many of the film cast and crew ate here before the show. Photos are in linked Facebook pages HERE and HERE.
Then it was off to the Majestic Theater. The short walk to the beautifully restored theater felt good after a hardy lunch. I have included some photos from the front of the theater. We had an enthusiastic crowd on hand. Young and old all enjoyed a day where we stepped back in time to recall the amazing adventures of James Wilburn Clark and his wife Suzanne Lusk.
Times were hard back then. Men with money ran the government and poor folks had work hard to get by. The nation was divided and tensions ran high. For many, war seemed like the answer. That war took almost 3 million men. As with so many wars, it was easy to start and exceedingly difficult to end. Somehow, Will and Suzanne survived. “Without a Country” gave the audience a taste of their struggle.
The premiere of “Without a Country” is scheduled for March 18, 2017 in Centerville, Iowa. The film will be shown at the beautifully restored Majestic Theater at 1:30pm. Click on the following link to check out their Facebook page.
Are you looking for a place to eat prior to the premiere?
Several of the movie cast and crew plus families will gather for lunch at The Continental Hotel in Centerville. We will get there between 11:15 and 11:30am. Please join us if you want to enjoy a good lunch and be near the theater.
The link below connects to the Hotel website. It looks like the Menu portion of the website is not working. As I recall, Lunch prices are $8-12.
Location: 217 North 13th Street, Centerville, Iowa
The Hotel is on the East side of the town square on North 13th Street and Theater is about 2 blocks south of the Hotel on North 13th Street. There is lots of free parking on the town square.