Town That Was, The

Cinevolve   (2007) / Region 1
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Town That Was, The

In 1962, a trash fire ignited a seam of anthracite coal beneath Centralia, Pennsylvania, a once-thriving mining town of over 3,000 people. By the mid-1980s, giant plumes of smoke and deadly carbon monoxide gases billowed from fissures in the ground, the local highway cracked and collapsed, trees were bleached white and petrified, as the fire continued to rage unchecked. It wasn't until a young boy nearly died after falling into a smoldering mine subsidence that the government was pressed into action. After estimating the cost of extinguishing the fire at over half a billion dollars, the government instead opted to raze the town and relocate its residents.

Today, 11 die-hards remain.

Filmed over a period of four years with interviews ranging from former residents to Congressmen, The Town That Was is an intimate portrait of John Lokitis, the youngest remaining Centralian, and his quixotic fight to keep alive a hometown that has literally disintegrated under his feet. His unbowed determination and steadfast refusal to acknowledge defeat reveal a man, a town, a region, and a way of life abandoned and forgotten.

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  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Apr 10 2009
  • Production Year 2007
  • Empire SKU 1463813
  • UPC Code 812142010133
  • Studio  Cinevolve
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL

Features

- Highway interview with PA State Representative Robert Belfanti
- Extended interview with Todd Domboski
- More Home Movies From Centralia's Centennial (1966)
- Real Estate Tour of Scranton
- Music Video Centralia by The Story Of
- Photo Gallery
- Trailer

Audio/Video

  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.78:1 Color

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