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Eckley Miners’ Village hosting an exciting benefit evening featuring a 50th anniversary party and th

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April 09, 2018
Eckley Miners’ Village hosting an exciting benefit evening featuring a 50th anniversary party and the Jim Thorpe premiere of the Molly Maguires movie at the historic Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

Celebrating 50 years since the filming of the movie at Eckley and Jim Thorpe, the evening kicks off with a festive anniversary party with light hors d’oeurves, cash bar and fun followed by the screening of the film in the historic theater.
All funds raised during the event will support ongoing programming and education efforts at Eckley Miners’ Village. “The film had a significant impact on our region. Not only did it tell an important story about the violent struggles of miners against an oppressive system, it also welcomed major film stars to area,” said Eckley site administrator Bode Morin. “The three stars, Sean Connery, Samantha Eggar, and Richard Harris each had significant careers that would span multiple decades.”

The film also served as the catalyst to preserve Eckley as a historic site. Paramount Pictures chose the small mining town because it was still mostly intact since the period the movie represented. The studio covered buildings with new siding materials, buried telephone and electrical service, covered Main Street with six inches of dirt, and hired residents as actors.

The film had a significant impact in Jim Thorpe too. Mauch Chunk was the actual site of one of the 1870s Molly Maguire trials and downtown served as the urban set for the movie. Many Jim Thorpe and Hazleton residents feel a direct connection to the movie and share a significant connection to the heritage of the Anthracite region.

Tickets for the movie-only are $20. Tickets for the pre-film party and movie are $50, and include light hors d’oeuvres donated by Macaluso’s Restaurant, Marion Hose Bar and Union Publick House, a cash bar and premium seating for the screening.  Mauch Chunk Trust is a corporate sponsor.

An opera house shuttle van is available a half hour before and after the event to transport guests to/from the county parking lot behind the Jim Thorpe train station.
The fundraiser event details:
Thursday, April 19th:  Pre-movie party starts at 6:00 pm ($50 ticket), movie begins at 7:30 PM. Movie only ticket is $20.
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