By NATE KING
The Salina Art Center Cinema held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and announced the re-opening of the cinema on Friday in partnership with the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce.
"Overall the event was a tremendous success," said Salina Art Center Executive Director Misty Serene. "We had over 100 people come in and sit and hang out in our new seats. And ticket sales were fantastic for the entire weekend. We feel very blessed to be in this community."
The weekend schedule consisted of a ribbon-cutting event at 3 p.m. Friday followed by the first film shown in the new space, Wes Anderson's "Asteroid City".
Saturday's cinema schedule was dominated by films directed by Anderson. Films included another showing of "Asteroid City", "Royal Tenenbaums", and "Rushmore."
Construction on the cinema remodel began in June and consisted of updating its chairs and installing a state-of-the-art digital projector and sound system.
"With these new updates, we can really become the cinema for the next generation," Serene said. "We show great films we have in the remodel. We have 80 seats, luxury seating expereince and all of the things that you would expect in a normal theater but in a much smaller more intimate setting."
Serene said films typically shown at the cinema include first-run independent films, because according to Serene that is the fastest-growing contemporary art film globally.
" I can think of at least three film projects happening right now within a 60-mile radius of Salina," Serene said. "It's really exciting to see people getting out there and making films."
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