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Alastair Baker
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2017 Historic Preservation Award at the Bootleggers Ball
2017 Historic Preservation Award at the Bootleggers Ball

The Roman Theatre in Red Lodge was presented with a 2017 Historic Preservation Award at the Bootleggers Ball, Rock Creek, last Saturday. The Carbon County Museum and Historical Society hosted the event.
Also honored were Quentin and Lonnie Taylor for their stewardship of the Carbon Implement Building in Bridger.
Samantha Long, Historic Preservation Officer, presented both awards.
Present to receive the award for the Roman Theater was Nina Shepard (4th generation Roman) with her mother Rosemary Fekety Reynolds (3rd-generation Roman) and owners of the Roman, Jeff Anderson and Betsy Scanlin.
Reynolds was honored by the award and added that her family came over to America after benefitting from the Italian government bonus scheme encouraging families to generate future military strength by having children.
“The government gave them $2,000 to have children, and the Roman family did just that,” she said. There were 13 brothers.
“A lot of the men came to Red Lodge and worked in the mines, and Steve Roman borrowed money from brothers and built up four theatres, one on Billings and three in Red Lodge, and several other buildings,” she said.
The iconic theater at 120 South Broadway in Red Lodge was built in 1917 and due in large part to the family’s efforts for over six decades, it is known to be the oldest continuously operating movie theater in Montana.
Mary Roman, one of the last survivors of the original family, ran the movie house until well into the 1980’s, when Tom Averill purchased it. In 2000 Averill sold it to the current owners, Jeff Anderson and Betsy Scanlin.
“Jeff and I truly appreciate receiving a 2017 Preservation Award from the Carbon County Historical Society and Preservation Commission to celebrate The Roman Theater's 100th anniversary and acknowledge the Roman family's continuing legacy to our community,” said Betsy Scanlin.  “We are committed to keeping this prime performance space open and available to a wide range of activities into the future.  We couldn't have been part of this history without the enduring help of past operators Lee J. Hanchett and The Red Lodge Theatrical Community, and the current operator, Mike Booth.”

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