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The Senator Theatre's recent history has included several last-ditch efforts to raise money from fans of the vintage Govans cinema to keep various financial wolves from the door. Just two years ago, the Senator beat back its creditors with $110,000 raised mostly from ordinary donors. Now closed because of foreclosure proceedings and staring down an auctioneer's gavel, the Senator is begging for bail-out funds again.

This morning, the Senator's e-mail listserv delivered the following into our inbox:

The Senator Community Trust has set up its own

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, featuring a PayPal link for online donations, contact info for elected officials, and a plea for e-mails of support that the Trust can then forward to famous (and deep-pocketed) "friends of the Senator," including "John Waters, Barry Levinson, Edward Norton, Matthew McConaughey, David Arquette, Oprah, and Patricia Hearst."

The theater owes $900,000 to 1st Mariner Bank, which initiated the foreclosure, a sum more than eight times that Senator proprietor Tom Kiefaber was able to raise in 2007. No date has been set for the auction, though it would reportedly take place in April.

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