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'Lincoln' film advance screening in Richmond and Petersburg

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Steven Spielberg's movie 'Lincoln' will be released nationwide next week, but not everyone has to wait to see the film.

An advance screening will be shown at two theaters in our area for the film - which was shot in Richmond and Petersburg.

Crews are setting up right now for the big event. 1,200 invited guests will pack Byrd Theater for the special screening of 'Lincoln'.

400 guests are expected at Southpark Mall in Colonial Heights for a second screening. Both are by invitation only.

"The film will be shared with many of the people who were involved with the product of the film including the crew, partners in government including the City of Richmond and Petersburg," said Andy Edmunds of the Virginia Film Office.

The movie is the result of 55 days of filming in and around Richmond and Petersburg.

"They spent over $35 million on the ground which had an economic impact of about $70 million," said Edmunds.

Heidi Hess is one of two people, statewide, to win what some call a golden ticket to one of the special screenings.

"I went online - clicked and entered and come to find out I won which is exciting. I never really win anything (laugh)," said Hess.

Hess will be among the first to see the film.

"The one thing I'm really looking forward to is to see if I can recognize any parts of Richmond in the movie," said Hess.

'Lincoln,' which was 10 years in the making, focuses on the last four months of Abraham Lincoln's life and presidency.

Some of stars in the movie - including Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field - will attend an advance screening in Los Angeles. 

The movie will be in theaters nationwide November 16.

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