PITTSBURGH — The Carnegie Science Center has introduced a new addition to its model railroad village.
PHOTOS: Night of the Living Dead chapel added to Carnegie Science Center model railroad
The chapel from the 1968 film “Night of the Living Dead” is on display in the farmland section of the railroad, surrounded by tombstones.
“We thought we’d do something spooky for Halloween,” said Nikki Wilhelm, manager of the miniature railway and village. “The movie is a cult classic, but it’s also the one recognizable feature of Evans City that people associate with, and the community really seems to buy into that association, which is fun.”
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The actual chapel was built in 1923 in Evans City Cemetery, according to a press release. It was going to be torn down but was saved by a grassroots group led by the film’s sound designer in 2011.
Pittsburgher and Carnegie Mellon student George Romero created the low-budget film and it became widely regarded as a breakthrough film, according to a press release. In 1999, the Library of Congress deemed the film “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant” and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.
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