Here are some images of the Mar Theatre, located just off Route 53--old Route 66--at 121 S. Main Street in Wilmington, Illinois:
Built in 1937 at the cost of $50,000, the Mar maintains its original ticket booth, main stage, and marquee.
Having grown up in Will County and witnessed the rapid building of warehouses, roads, and subdivisions, I was particularly struck by this Leopold quote: "We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.
It is indeed fitting that Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is sponsoring this film. Midewin is a national tallgrass prairie located on land of the former Joliet Arsenal Ammunition Plant. An Aldo Leopold Quote is engraved in a stone outside of the Midewin Welcome Center:
|Aldo Leopold quote outside the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Welcome Center|