Wessington Springs [SD] building to show classic films on regular basis

By: Chris Mueller, The Daily Republic

The 1905 Opera House in Wessington Springs [South Dakota] will reprise its role as a community movie theater next month when movies will be shown regularly at the historic building for the first time in nearly a century.

Through private donations from the local community, the Wessington Springs Area Development Corp. purchased a new movie projector and plans to begin showing films at the 1905 Opera House early next month.

Alex Dean, treasurer for Springs Cinema and vice president of the Wessington Springs Area Development Corp., said he plans to have shows twice a month, but could increase that number if the demand is there and volunteers can be found to work at the theater.

The first shows will be at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 3. Ticket prices are $3 for adults and $2 for children. The first film will be “Williams and Ree: The Movie,” an independent movie starring the comedy duo that was filmed in South Dakota in the 1980s.

Dean said plans are also set to show a Christmas movie at the opera house at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 18.

By showing films at the opera house, Dean hopes to give the residents of Wessington Springs a movie theater closer to home. Currently, the closest movie theaters to Wessington Springs are 40 to 50 miles away in Huron and Mitchell. …

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