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Film memorabilia collection has new home
ST. MARYS -- The Coastal Georgia Film Alliance's collection of film artifacts and memorabilia has a new home at Theatre by the Trax in St. Marys.

The Parr Builders Film Museum inside the theater includes items from TV shows filmed in the area such as "Royal Pains" and Oprah Winfrey's "Love Town USA," as well as the movie "Eye of the Hurricane," which was filmed in St. Marys and makes its national debut in March on Starz Network.

The museum's collection also includes memorabilia from more well-known movies such as a skull from "Pirates of the Caribbean," a jockey's cap from "Sea Biscuit," a part of a mummy's leg from "The Mummy" and astronaut's boots from "Armageddon."

Other artifacts include a cap worn in Dr. Zhivago and a dress worn by Judy Garland.

"It's a constantly growing collection," said Doug Vaught, chairman of the Coastal Georgia Film Alliance.

The younger children are attracted to a large, multi-colored lollipop on display from the movie "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," he said.

"The older kids like the mummy's leg," Vaught said.

The museum also houses a large collection of old cameras and other movie-making artifacts that are popular attractions.

Vaught said the museum is open to the public anytime a public event is held at the theater building, which is open days the St. Marys Express runs and whenever live events such as plays or concerts are held.

"It's really getting a lot of traffic, especially the weekends the train runs," he said. "Visitors really like the collection from different eras of movie history."

* Reporter Gordon Jackson writes about Camden County and other local topics. Contact him at, on Facebook or at 464-7655.

See the museum

The Parr Builders Film Museum is inside Theatre by the Trax, 1100 Osborne St., St. Marys. Admission is free. The museum is open the day of live events such as plays and concerts, and whenever the St. Marys Express runs.

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