Navigate to Cinema in the Cemetery for Buster Keaton’s “The Navigator” May 23

Watch a movie in the oldest cemetery in Minneapolis at Cinema in the Cemetery Saturday, May 23. The Friends of the Cemetery in partnership with The Trylon Microcinema will show a special screening of Buster Keaton’s silent film “The Navigator” with a live score by local music group Dreamland Faces at Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery, 2925 Cedar Ave.

Gates open at 7 p.m., and the film will begin at approximately 8:30 p.m. Moviegoers arriving early can explore the historic cemetery and join in a smartphone history hunt.

Buy tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets or at the gate the evening of the event (cash only). Tickets purchased on or before May 15 cost $5. Tickets purchased after May 15 cost $10; children under age 12 attend for free. Proceeds from the event will help support the Friends of the Cemetery’s efforts to restore the 65 limestone piers that serve as the border of the cemetery along Lake Street and Cedar Avenue.

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. The Taco Taxi food truck will sell food. Alcohol, pets and recording the event will not be allowed.

Moviegoers are encouraged to bike or take public transportation to the event. The METRO Blue Line Lake Street station is a short walk from the cemetery, and bike racks will be provided in the cemetery. On-street parking is available; vehicles may not park in the cemetery.

If there is inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled for Saturday, May 30.

About Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery

Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery, established in 1853 and originally named Layman’s Cemetery, is the oldest cemetery in Minneapolis. It is also a Minneapolis landmark and the only cemetery in Minnesota that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the final resting place of more than 21,000 pioneers, veterans and immigrants. It contains the graves of some of the first settlers of the city, many of whom made major contributions to local history: soldiers and veterans of the War of 1812, the Dakota Conflict, the Civil War, the Mexican-American War, the Spanish-American War and World War I; mid- to late-19th century European immigrants; early African-American citizens; and abolitionists. Notable individuals buried in the cemetery include Philander Prescott, Charles W. Christmas and William Goodridge. In 1925, a group began to organize to save the cemetery for its historical importance. The group’s effort is recognized as an early, local attempt at historic preservation.

In 2008, to raise awareness about the challenges of maintaining this landmark, the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota placed the cemetery on its list of ten most endangered historic places.

Fence restoration project update

The eight-year, $1.2 million metal fence portion of the restoration project is complete. Funds are now being raised to restore the 65 limestone piers that line the cemetery on Lake Street and Cedar Avenue.

Published May 19, 2015



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