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.
Aldo Leopold is considered a father of the conservation movement. His collection of essays in "The Sand County Almanac" has sold millions of copies and in the essays Leopold describes his idea of a land ethic, the responsible relationship between people and the land. For more information on Leopold and a preview of the film, view the trailer from "Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time":
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|