4th Ave. street fair and festival continues through Saturday evening

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - For some, the draw to downtown Anchorage Saturday was the food. Others were most interested in the music. But many came for the history, and to celebrate a big year for one of Anchorage's own iconic landmarks: The 4th Avenue Theatre has been around for 70 years.

"Remarkable," said Ron Holmstrom, a longtime actor dressed Saturday as Cap Lathrop, the man who made the vision of the 4th Ave. Theatre come to life. "It's quite inspiring to see how many people have come out to support this."

Festivities outside the theater, including live musical performances, display cars, and more are set to continue through 8 p.m. Saturday.

Schedule:
2:00 to 2:30 - Grand Opening with welcoming remarks and Hollywood-style Hall of Fame Star Ceremony for 4th Avenue Theatre creator Cap Lathrop and actor/cinematographer Ray Mala
2:30 to 4:00 - performance Anchorage Jazz Ensemble
4:30 to 6:00 - performance by The Blue Notes
6 to 6:30 - reading of 4th Avenue Theatre memories
6:30 to 8:00 - performance by Blackwater Railroad Company
6 to 6:30 - storytelling in the spirit of Cemetery Stories featuring Cap Lathrop, A 1947 Opening Night Usherette, and Rich Goodfellow with an authentic ghost story

Admission to the event, including various family activities, is free. Prices for food and other items vary. Raffle tickets are available for $10, the proceeds of which will go toward putting on the street fair. The winner will receive a handmade 4th Avenue Theatre quilt.

Sunday schedule:
2:00 to 4:00, Anchorage Museum - Showing of the famous film The Chechahcos, created by Cap Lathrop in 1923, when he envisioned Alaska as the Hollywood the North

Monday schedule:
7:00, Anchorage Museum - Design Forum panel discussion of Architects and why the Fourth Ave Theatre is such a unique treasure, as well as possibilities of its future

Video by photojournalist David Brooks.