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Centralia: Pennsylvania's Lost Town (2017)

A small town is overcome by a massive underground mine fire which began in 1962. As a result, hundreds of residents had to be relocated.

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Don Bailey ...
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Jack Carling ...
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Colleen Coddington ...
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Joe Coddington ...
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John Comarnisky
David DeKok ...
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Tom Dempsey ...
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Anne Marie Devine
Bob Gadinski ...
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Kathy Gadinski ...
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Robert E. Hughes ...
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Tom Hynoski
Charlie Joyce ...
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Lyndsay Kensinger
Bill Klink
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A small town in upstate Pennsylvania is overcome by a massive underground mine fire which began in May of 1962. After many failed attempts by the government to put out the fire, it grew larger and moved beneath most of the town. By 1980, hundreds of residents had to be relocated and eminent domain was eventually enforced, forcing the remaining residents out of their homes. A group of residents filed a lawsuit and fought the state of Pennsylvania for the right to stay in their homes. By 2013, the case was settled and granted those remaining residents life estates. Written by Joe Sapienza II

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5 May 2017 (USA)  »

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Centralia, America's Lost Town  »

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$18,800 (estimated)
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Trivia

In 2013, still a film student, all of the remaining residents refused to speak to the director / producer Joe Sapienza for the film. About five additional families also turned down the documentary. At that point, Sapienza's approach for the film was to turn it into a highly political one focusing more on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. However, a couple months later, it wasn't until another film student whose grandfather, the late John Coddington happen to live in Centralia; and her mother used to live off of Locust Street. Sapienza approached her and she got a hold of her family along with their former Centralia neighbors and met the crew out in Centralia to film four interviews in April 2014. As a result, the film took on a more personal down to earth approach and changed it's theme, setting up the stage for the extended feature later on. See more »

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