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FILM HERO COMES TO RESCUE OF HISTORIC MIAMI THEATER

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Sylvester Stallone is flexing his financial muscle to help keep open a 1920s-era theater.

The action-thriller megastar told city commissioners in Miami Thursday that he'll donate $50,000 to the Gusman Theater and promised to help raise additional money."I believe in putting money where my mouth is," Stallone said during a public hearing on continued city funding for the theater. "We don't have that many theaters in Miami to let them go the way of the dinosaurs - extinct. I'll do whatever I can to put my weight behind this."

Commissioners agreed to give the theater $142,000 next year,

despite objections from City Manager Cesar Odio.

The city has been giving the theater between $167,000 and $467,800 a year since 1989. This year, Odio pushed to slash all funds in an effort to streamline government.

The Gusman primarily stages small classical music concerts and dance troupes.

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Birthdays: For Sunday, Sept. 17

Actor Roddy McDowall 67

Actress Anne Bancroft 64

Actress Dorothy Loudon 62

Cartoonist Jeff MacNelly 48

Actor John Ritter 47