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"Hollywood in the Heartland" explores Iowa's movie history

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"Hollywood in the Heartland" opens Friday, June 27 at 10 a.m. at the State Historical Museum of Iowa in Iowa City. 

The 6,400 square-foot exhibition is designed to show how Iowa and Iowans have been portrayed on film, uncovers Iowa's historic theaters and the people who have made an impression on-screen and behind the scenes. 

The exhibition will include distinct areas tracing Iowa's stage and screen heritage from opera houses and Vaudeville performances to Iowa film-making today.

Personalities included in the exhibit will be novelist Oscar Micheaux, the Blank and Fridley families and actors from across the state. Featured actors and actresses will include Leachman, Reed, John Wayne and Ashton Kutcher, among many others.

Iowan native Tom Arnold will kick off opening day of the new exhibition. He will discuss about his rise from Ottumwa to Hollywood and everything in between.

He has been in over 120 film and television projects including True Lies, Nine Months, and Mike Myers' documentary released this month, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon. 

Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds announced the blockbuster exhibition opening at their regular weekly press conference June 16.

"Hollywood in the Heartland explores our legacy with the silver screen from the late 181800'so today's movies and film-making and I invite all Iowans to visit the State Historical Museum to see this blockbuster exhibit, " Branstad said.

"I'm excited for this exhibit to open because it offers an opportunity for movie buffs, historians and family members of all ages to learn about Iowa's connections to the movie industry," said Reynolds.
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