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  • A statue of famed film critic Roger Ebert sits on a trailer awaiting installation Tuesday outside the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, Ill.

      A statue of famed film critic Roger Ebert sits on a trailer awaiting installation Tuesday outside the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, Ill.
    John Dixon/The News-Gazette

 
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CHAMPAIGN -- A sculpture of Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert that sits outside a theater where he watched movies as a child will be dedicated.

According to the News-Gazette in Champaign, Ebert's wife, Chaz Ebert, is expected to be at the dedication outside the Virginia Theater in Champaign on Thursday.

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Ebert grew up in nearby Urbana and graduated from the University of Illinois.

The sculpture was unveiled earlier this year at the annual Ebertfest film festival. Ebert started the festival and led it for years before his death in 2013.

The sculpture depicts Ebert sitting in a theater seat with one thumb up.

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