Thousands Turn Out for Premiere

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Several thousand moviegoers decked out in tuxedos and evening gowns turned Huntington into Tinsel Town Tuesday night for the premiere of the Warner Brothers film "We Are Marshall."

The movie chronicles the city's and Marshall University's rise from the ashes following the November 14th, 1970, plane crash that killed most of the school's football team and many prominent members of the community.

About 2,200 tickets, ranging from 250 dollars to one thousand dollars each, were sold for the premiere at Huntington's historic Keith-Albee theater. A joint premiere for another 2,800 viewers was held at a nearby movie complex.

Another five-thousand fans gathered outside the Keith-Albee hoping to catch a glimpse of "We Are Marshall" director McG and the actors, including Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox. Instead of the traditional red carpet, the celebrities walked into the Keith-Albee on a green carpet, Marshall's signature color.

McG led the crowd in a "We Are Marshall" cheer. He says he loves Huntington and wants to buy a second home there.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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