This is no shaggy dog story: Easton's Avalon to host 'Rover' opening

August 02, 1991|By Eric Adams

In the world of motion pictures, Easton may get "no respect." But with the help of Rodney Dangerfield, that's about to change.

This Saturday, for the first time since the debut of the 1950 "Stars in My Crown," Easton's Avalon Theatre will host the world premiere of a major motion picture -- Warner Brothers' animated doggy comedy, "Rover Dangerfield," featuring the voice of Mr. Dangerfield.

Proceeds from the tickets, which are $10 for adults and $7 for children, will go to the Midshore Center for the Performing Arts.

So how did Easton pull off this coup? It seems that the film's co-producer, Willard Carroll, was born and raised in Easton. Now a producer with Hyperion Pictures, he thought it might be nice to have the world premiere of his movie in the town that bore him, especially considering that the town has a newly renovated 70-year-old theater. He will attend the premiere, but Mr. Dangerfield, currently at work on his next film, will not be there.

"I've always loved that theater," Mr. Carroll said of the Avalon, "and I was glad to see it come back."

After it closed for renovations, in fact, a friend of the producer's bought a chair from the theater, Mr. Carroll said, "and now it's sitting in my living room, complete with the gum underneath it."

The renovated Avalon features a new box office, a Dolby Surround Sound system and projection equipment donated by Baltimore's Senator Theatre.

Besides the premiere, there will be a children's showing of the film on Sunday at 5 p.m. Tickets still are available for both shows. The film will open in Baltimore Aug. 23.

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