Bryant Cinema is a volunteer-run movie theatre in southwestern Hamlin County in northeastern South Dakota. Current movies are shown every weekend.
Showtimes are 8 p.m. on Friday & Saturday and 7 p.m. on Sunday.
General Admission: $4.00 (2 and under free)
THE POWER OF VOLUNTEERS
Since its construction in 1920, the
But the real magic of this small-town theatre is the way area communities have come together to keep this landmark open and thriving.
For more than 13 years, the
The theatre is owned by area shareholders under the administration of the Bryant Cinema Inc. A board of seven community members oversees the operation of the cinema.
From popping popcorn and selling tickets to splicing the film and managing concessions inventory, volunteers from Bryant and surrounding communities pull together to keep this important area attraction alive for future generations.
The magic of the Silver Screen came to
The cinema quickly became an important source of entertainment and a gathering place for friends and neighbors. Fun community traditions arose, such as “Bank Nights” where names were entered into a drawing for prize money.
The invention of the television was only a minor roadblock for the big screen, as people continued to crave the excitement and social connection at the heart of the movie theatre experience. However, the introduction of multiplexes and the soaring booking costs for new movies did begin to take a toll on small-town theatres.
When the cinema’s owner decided to sell in 1999, no buyer came forward, and area residents began to fear that their precious movie screen would be dark forever. That is when a group of residents formulated a plan to save this small-town treasure.
KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE
Determined to keep their community movie theatre open, a group of residents spearheaded an effort to buy the cinema, selling theatre shares and accepting donations. Bryant Cinema Inc. was established in the summer of 1999 and a goal was set to raise $30,000 to purchase the building and equipment and for initial operating costs.
In a testament to the importance of this show hall, the group exceeded its goal and the
In the more than 13 years since then, area residents and volunteers have inspired a new excitement for their theatre and created a whole new life for the historic structure.
In the fall of 2008, an addition was opened housing an enhanced concession area as well as handicap-accessible restrooms. A number of additional improvements have been made including installation of a new screen, adding carpeting and new curtains to the side walls in the theatre and purchase of a new spool and platter for the movie projector.
The Cinema could not operate without its wonderful volunteers!
If you are interested in volunteering as a ticket taker or
concessions worker, please contact a board member,
call and leave a message at 628-2336
or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our volunteers are the best!!!