Ken Burns and Lynn Novick to Screen Their Film Prohibition at Peabody Opera  House

The Nine Network Invites Public to Preview Both the Documentary and the Restored St. Louis Landmark

St. Louis, MO—August 17, 2011—Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick will be in St. Louis on Monday, September 19 to screen segments of their latest documentary, Prohibition, at the newly restored Peabody Opera House. The screening and discussion with the filmmakers, presented by the Nine Network of Public Media, will offer a rare sneak preview of Peabody Opera House prior to its gala opening on October 1.

St. Louis, with its rich brewing history, has a prominent role in Prohibition, which documents the rise, rule and fall of the Constitution’s 18th Amendment prohibiting the sale and manufacture of alcohol. Planning for what was originally Kiel Opera House began during Prohibition; the building opened in 1934, not long after Prohibition ended.

At the Prohibition screening, Burns and Novick will discuss the documentary’s themes, their research and how St. Louis fits in the Prohibition story. The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and go on sale Tuesday, August 23, at 10:00 a.m. Tickets are available through the Scottrade Center Box Office, by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at For more information visit

The six-hour film Prohibition will be broadcast Sunday–Tuesday, October 2–4 at 7:00 p.m. on Nine PBS. After each episode ends, it airs again immediately at 9:00 p.m. It also repeats October 4–6 at 1:00 a.m. and again at 3:00 a.m.; and October 9, 16 and 23 at 2:00 p.m. Prohibition represents Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s sixth film together, having previously collaborated on Baseball, The War, The Tenth Inning, Jazz and Frank Lloyd Wright.

About the Nine Network of Public Media

The Nine Network of Public Media is a multifaceted public media organization creating a network of individuals and organizations empowered by public media to strengthen civic life. One of the nation’s most watched public television stations, Nine offers the people of

the St. Louis region multiple ways to explore the world and become engaged in civic life, including the Nine Center for Public Engagement, nineAcademy,, and four distinct broadcast channels (Nine PBS, Nine World, Nine Create and Nine Kids). The Nine Network’s rich legacy of serving the community was launched in 1954 and continues through our mission of bringing St. Louis together as we connect our region to the world and the world to St. Louis.

About Peabody Opera House

Peabody Opera House is a historic 3,100-seat theater in the heart of downtown St. Louis currently undergoing a $78.7 million restoration. Originally opened in 1934, the Opera House stage has welcomed some of entertainment’s greatest performers, including The Rat Pack, The Rolling Stones, Ray Charles and Bruce Springsteen. Restoration of Peabody Opera House began in July 2010 and when complete, this historical gem will be restored to its original splendor and have undergone state-of-the-art upgrades. To keep up to date on this and other great events coming to Peabody Opera House, visit