Nov. 13--Wife and husband Geneva and Warren Robison hadn't been to the movies in decades. Not since she was a young woman, said Geneva Robison, who has lived in Hutchinson with her husband, a city native, for 50 years.
So it was fitting that they returned to the movies Monday night for the premiere of "Salvation." Filmed entirely in Hutchinson, "Salvation" features a cameo of none other than Warren Robison himself.
"I want to see what he's doing," Geneva Robison said before the movie, while her husband was getting them popcorn to share. "I can't wait."
Approximately 40 people joined the Robisons in watching the hometown premiere of "Salvation" Monday night at the Mall 8 Theatre, marking the first time a local movie played on the big screen in town. Producer Danny Rodriguez said he was happy with the turnout. The film also showed at the theater Tuesday night and will be shown tonight and Thursday evening, all at 7 p.m. Rodriguez said it was important to him that the film plays in Hutchinson.
"We wanted that blend of the locals and actors," he said of filming the movie. "There are a lot of people connected to it."
Those connections were obvious throughout the movie.
The audience clapped when the "Hutchinson, KS" caption appeared on the screen, with the Frank Colladay warehouse in the background. They laughed when two of the main characters drove down Main Street and observed a particularly eccentric Hutchinson resident. Moviegoers, many of them extras in the film, wooed and cheered when they recognized their friends in the movie.
One very appreciated cameo was that of Jack Dinwiddie, a Hutchinson resident who played the part of "Chuck."
This was the second time he and his wife, Cheryl, had seen the movie. They traveled to Los Angeles for the film's Hollywood premiere at Mann's Chinese Theater, where Jack Dinwiddie was called down to the stage to join the cast. Both described the Los Angeles premiere as awesome -- they got to stay at one of actress Jennifer Lawrence's residences -- but it was special to see it with a Hutchinson crowd.
"You could hear the giggles of when people recognized certain scenes," said Cheryl Dinwiddie. "That, and the excitement of seeing it with people for the first time."
A fried of the Dinwiddies', Rosie Cooper of Topeka, said after the movie that she could have done without some of the R-rated language, but was happy she made the trip.
"It's a dark movie, but I was impressed," she said.
The film is loosely based on director and writer Bernie Van De Yacht's real-life experience of buying a stove from Stevan Radakovich, who owned a Hutchinson-based vintage stove restoration business and allegedly swindled nearly 50 customers out of tens of thousands of dollars before dissolving his business and leaving town. The film however, takes more dramatic twists and turns than that, Rodriguez said.
Tickets are available at regular price at the Mall 8 box office.
Geneva Robison ended up missing her husband's cameo, which flashed by in less than a second. It was still worth it, though, she said.
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