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Ebert statue about to get a permanent home

CHAMPAIGN — A sculpture of famed film critic Roger Ebert was set in place back in April outside the Champaign theater that hosted the annual Ebertfest film festival. This week it will become permanent.

The statue is called "C-U at the Movies." On Thursday it will be dedicated after it's permanently installed outside the Virginia Theater.

According to The News-Gazette in Champaign, Ebert's widow, Chaz Ebert, will be there.

Also expected is artist Rick Harney, who created the sculpture. It depicts Ebert sitting in one of three theater seats with one thumb up.

Ebert is from nearby Champaign and went to movies at the theater as a child.

Scott Anderson chaired the campaign to raise money for the statue. He says the campaign is still $9,000 short of covering the costs.

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