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Neal joins bid to save a theater in Omaha

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Actress Patricia Neal is among several hundred people hoping to save a theater in Omaha, Neb., from the wrecking ball.

Supporters say the Indian Hills Theater, which closed last September, is one of three left in the nation capable of showing big-screen Cinerama films. But Methodist Health System, which purchased the theater, says renovations would be too costly, so it will be demolished for parking.

Neal, who attended a 1999 fund-raiser at the theater, wrote a letter from New York that was published in The Omaha World-Herald on Sunday.

"I enjoyed my visit there two years ago and found it to be one of the finest theaters I have ever seen. To dismember this great theater would be a crime," Neal said.

A nonprofit organization has been formed called Save Indian Hills Theater Preservation, Inc. Supporters are hoping to solicit donations locally and from Hollywood.