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'Misty' Theater Renovated in Chincoteague

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CHINCOTEAGUE, Va.- The movie theater where the film "Misty" premiered held an open house Thursday night to debut its revamped image.

"Misty" was based on the classic children's book "Misty of Chincoteague." The 1961 premier was held both in Hollywood and the Island Theater in Chincoteague.

For the past two years, the Chincoteague Island Arts Organization has been renovating the historical theater. According to its secretary, Nancy Lane, the group added a new silver screen that can show 3D films, new seating and a new stage structure.  She said the theater not only will show current movies, but also will be a multipurpose venue.

The event also had a presentation of the real Misty's hoof prints, which were immortalized in concrete at the movie premier. They were removed from the theater entrance during renovations.

"Misty" was filmed mostly on location in Chincoteague, and many of the extras were locals. Lucille Ghol was one of the extras as a child and also attended the premier.

"It was exciting for all the locals, we're all used to the pony swim and the ponies and everything and Misty was a big deal for us," she said. "It made it really exciting for us because we were a part of it."

Members of the Beebe family, the actual owners of Misty and main characters of the film, were also in attendance. Barbara Gray revealed the footprints to the enormous crowd.

"I was here when my father did this, when he brought the horse here," she said. "It brings back a lot of old memories."

The Island Theater also holds screenings of "Misty" every year for the pony penning in July and will continue to do so.

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