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Hollywood mobsters helping mom-and-pop theaters

11:55 AM, Jan 11, 2013   |    comments
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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Some of Hollywood's big-name mobsters are helping save small-town theaters.
Stars from "The Sopranos" and "Goodfellas" are joining forces with Save America's Cinemas - a Florida-based non-profit fundraising group - on Friday in Miami Beach for a PowerBall-like drawing to see which theater will receive the first digital transfer.
Walter T. Shaw, a notorious jewel thief from the 1960s and 1970s started the group to help mom-and-pop theaters. The switch from 35 mm film to digital has forced many small theaters to close, while others have taken out loans to cover the cost of new equipment - an average of $70,000 per screen.
Among the celebrities expected to attend are Tony (Paulie Walnuts) Sirico and Vincent (Big Pussy) Pastore of "The Sopranos" and Mike Starr and Debi Mazar from "Goodfellas."

Associated Press

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