Restoration of the art-deco underwater murals of the Historic Admiral Theater will get a boost this summer with the one-night screening of a documentary that showcases a West Seattle student project to salute the black baseball barnstorming phenomenon of the early 20th century.
“Legends of the Road,” a feature-length, student-produced documentary, will be screened at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at the Historic Admiral Theater, 2343 California Ave SW, sponsored by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.
The film, which won the highest audience rating at the 2017 Kansas City Film Festival, will be introduced by Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, and former Chief Sealth High School teacher Gary Thomsen of West Seattle. Afterward, Kendrick, Thomsen and several of Thomsen’s former students will answer questions.
Admission will be by $20 donation, which will go to the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. A VIP opportunity, during which participants can visit one-on-one with the featured speakers, will take place at 5:30 PM at the theater. This opportunity is available by reservation at a $100 donation. Both levels of tickets can be purchased at farawayentertainment.com and at the door.
The SWHS secured landmark status for the Historic Admiral Theater in 1989 and will lead the effort to restore the underwater murals. The murals were revealed earlier this year as part of the theater’s $1.7 million renovation and expansion to four screens.
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