Ever heard of a Michelin Star? It’s a system of rating restaurants. If they have three stars, it means it’s worth traveling to the country just to experience that restaurant.
The Orpheum Theatre in Hillsboro (pop 4,000) should definitely get some sort of super awesome, gold star or something crazy for what they’ve been pulling off. Once or twice a year the Eisentraut family take a major movie premiere and turn it into a full on Hollywood style, memory making, street filling, party, with costumes, props, and skits. This year, locals Aaron Ruppert, Isaac Reynolds, and friends put in about 700 man hours and a lot of talent to build a half scale x-wing fighter. The premier of “Star Wars; the force awakens” should be the coolest yet…
Going big for the Eisentraut family is nothing new. This family loves movies, fun, and showmanship. “Deathly Hallows II”, “The Dark Knight”, and now “The Force Awakens”, are among the family’s favorite events they’ve put on so far and they are putting Hillsboro on the map for it.
Escorting “Bain” (local, Rick Calvert) through the premier crowd.
Serving butter beer in the lobby of the theatre, for “Deathly Hallows II”, .
Maybe it’s the fact that the town is so close knit that everybody gets involved, or maybe that it’s every guys’ dream to build a space ship. I’m not sure, but somehow about a month ago friends Aaron and Isaac decided to build a half scale x-wing for “The Force Awakens”. I think now the Eisentrauts may be able to out do themselves again..
Isaac is a carpenter, artist, and coffee roaster. Aaron is a computer programmer, and grew up in a farm family, learning metal working along the way.
Burning the midnight oil and drinking Black Rabbit coffee, Isaac and Bailey (Eisentraut) Reynolds’ roasting company.
More than half way in to the project, Aaron adds some supportive welding before the body gets closed in.
Caulking, painting and detailing getting underway.
“Aaron, when you’re done, I think it’s gonna fly.”
Me, (Brian Lee) not missing my chance to pitch in.
Isaac working on the three day long paint job. The Astromech (by Alexandra Eisentraut) added on top, starting to look real…
The Back end of the ship ready for transport.
Waiting for the back..
Cinching the two back together…
Coming around the corner in one piece… (yes, I’m on a crane taking the picture!)
And, ready for the big day-
So come, make the trip to The Orpheum Theatre in Hillsboro, IL and be a part of the theatre that Small Town Cool gives “Three super awesome” gold stars.
-Small Town Cool-
Living vibrantly in a growing small town. Hillsboro, IL