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Mayo Clinic film getting a Rochester premiere

Mayo Clinic film getting a Rochester premiere

Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. John Noseworthy announced plans Thursday for an early showing of the new Ken Burns documentary, titled The Mayo Clinic: Faith-Hope-Science.

The Rochester premiere, hosted by Twin Cities PBS and KSMQ, is set for September 10 at 7 p.m. inside the Mayo Civic Center's Taylor Arena.

Noseworthy, who was joined Thursday on Peace Plaza by Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede, said there will also be a community block party outside the civic center prior to the screening. The event, he said, is a way for Mayo to thank the city for the vital role it plays in the clinic's success.

"Help us celebrate this fantastic community that has made so much possible for Mayo Clinic and our patients for 150 years," Noseworthy told the crowd.

Two-thousand tickets to the screening will be made available to the public at the Mayo Civic Center box office beginning August 27. Tickets are free, with a limit of two per person. (Tickets are not necessary for the block party.)

Related: Ken Burns focuses his lens on the Mayo Clinic 

After the film is played, there will be a panel discussion with Burns, his co-directors Erik Ewers and Christopher Loren Ewers, and Noseworthy.

The Rochester screening will mark the first time that the film will be screened for the general public. The two-hour film is scheduled to debut on PBS stations across the country about two weeks later (September 25).

Follow this link to a view a trailer of the film.

Correction: Dr. Noseworthy stated Thursday that 5,000 tickets would be made available to the public. That number is actually 2,000. A Mayo spokesperson clarified in an email Friday: "The arena holds 5,000, so I think that is where Dr. Noseworthy grabbed that number from."

Cover image: Screenshot courtesy PBS

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