Movies in the Loft series will continue

By Kacie Svoboda

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Despite the Chute Rooster Sports Bar & Restaurant closing, Movies in the Loft will keep its titular venue in the second-story loft of the business. Movies in the Loft coordinator Chris VanNess has worked out a deal with Joy Peterson of the Chute Rooster to continue screening films in the loft space throughout the winter and, though the restaurant is closed, concessions will continue to be provided, as well as pizza by the slice from the Silver Dollar Saloon.

On Saturday, Jan. 7, “Sully” attracted 24 attendees, while “Zootopia” on Sunday, Jan. 8, had only an audience of 6.

“We were disappointed,” VanNess said. “We really need people to attend the films so the Movies in the Loft can continue.”

VanNess still encourages the public to suggest films for Movies in the Loft, so she can choose movies audiences want to see.

Movies in the Loft can only legally screen films that are already out on DVD. However, VanNess is striving to choose current movies that performed well in the box office. VanNess plans to follow the pattern of showing family friendly movies on Sundays and PG-13 or rated-R films on Fridays and Saturdays.

“We’re getting really great films,” VanNess said. “Movies you wish you’d seen and now you have the opportunity.”

Movies in the Loft will continue with “Star Trek Beyond” at 2, 4:30 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14 and “The Princess Bride” at 3 and 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15. Showings of “The Princess Bride” will begin with a live fencing demonstration by the Black Hills Fencing Club.

Due to a scheduling conflict, the next screening will be the R-rated “Jersey Boys” on Friday, Jan. 20 at 4:30 and 7 p.m., followed by “The Jungle Book” on Sunday, Jan. 22 at 3 and 5 p.m. “The Imitation Game” will be shown at 2, 4:30 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 and “Wall-E” is slated for 3 and 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29.

Movies in the Loft films will typically be presented on Saturdays at 2, 4:30 and 7 p.m. and Sundays at 3 and 5 p.m. However, there will be some exceptions due to scheduling conflicts.

“We’re hoping that a lot of people come and enjoy Movies in the Loft, so we can continue it,” VanNess concluded.

For more information about Movies in the Loft, got to MoviesHillCitySD.com, watch for flyers posted around Hill City or visit Movies in the Loft on Facebook.

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