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Minden offers free Western movies

by Sheila Gardner

How long has it been since you whiled away a lazy Saturday afternoon watching cowboy movies?

You’ll have your chance April 28 at the “The CVIC Hall Centennial Celebration Cowboy Film Festival” hosted by the Town of Minden.

Admission is free – and so is the popcorn – and you’re invited to stay for all three shows.

The town is celebrating the centennial of the CVIC Hall with a nod toward the Genoa Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival the same weekend.

The movies are “Support Your Local Sheriff” at noon; “The Misfits” at 3 p.m. and “The Shootist” at 7 p.m.

Guests are invited to watch one movie, or stay for all three.

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The movies are rated PG-13 and are geared for adult audiences.

“It should be a lot of fun,” said Minden Town Manager Jenifer Scott. “We want as many people as possible to come to the movies – whether they stay for one, two, or all three.”

She said the day’s events would include history on “The Misfits” and “The Shootist” which were filmed in Carson City, Dayton and other Northern Nevada locations.

Scott said a Marilyn Monroe impersonator would attend “The Misfits,” and she is hoping for a John Wayne impersonator at “The Shootist.” Those movies were the actors’ last completed films.

Minden is partnering with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Advisory Council at “Support Your Local Sheriff” to help raise funds for a simulator to train officers in the use of deadly force.

“People will be able to make donations or ask questions about the simulator,” Scott said.

Free popcorn will be served at “Support Your Local Sheriff,” and “The Misfits,” and beverages will be on sale.

At “The Shootist,” the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra will have a no-host bar with free hors d’ouevres.

“There will be an opportunity to socialize,” Scott said.

Movie-goers who make advance reservations have an opportunity to win raffle prizes and a discount on day passes for the Genoa Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival April 26-29.

“If someone reserves a seat, they can get a $5 discount on a day pass for the Cowboy Poetry Festival,” Scott said.

She said anyone who reserves a ticket in advance will receive a free raffle ticket for gift certificates from $25 to $100 depending on how many movies they attend.

Russell’s Mercantile donated a $25 gift certificate, Saletti’s restaurant a $50 certificate, and Minden Food Co. donated a $50 gift certificate and a $100 for someone who makes reservations for all three movies.

“This is all part of the centennial celebration of the CVIC Hall,” Scott said. “The history of the hall is that they used it as a community movie theater. Last year (board chairman) John Stephans organized the first film festival and we decided to make it a little bigger with three movies. It really emphasizes the history of the hall.”

Birthday cake will be served at each movie.

The CVIC Hall was built in 1912 after townspeople raised $10,000 by selling 1,000 shares for $10 each. The initials stand for Carson Valley Improvement Club.

In the past century, the hall has been used as a meeting place, movie theater, concert hall, church, and as a venue for exercise classes, art displays and a host of other activities.


“Support Your Local Sheriff,” doors open at 11:30 p.m., show time noon.

“The Misfits,” doors open at 2:30 p.m., show time 3 p.m.

“The Shootist,” doors open at 5:30 p.m., show time 7 p.m.

For advance reservations, call 782-5976, or stop by the Town of Minden Office, 1604 Esmeralda Ave., Suite 101. The CVIC Hall is located next door. Raffle tickets and discount day passes for the Cowboy Poetry Festival are available to those who reserve their seats in advance.

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