The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


July 13, 2012

‘The Artist’ to wrap up Joplin Electric Theater's summer season

JOPLIN, Mo. — Closing the Joplin Electric Theater’s summer season will be this year’s Academy Award winner for Best Picture, “The Artist.”

The film, which stars Jean Dujardin as George Valentin, was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won five, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (awarded to Dujardin), Best Original Score and Best Costume Design.

Jennifer McKeough, an owner of the theater, said she and her husband wanted to bring “great art house movies that don’t have a lot of showings here (in Joplin.)”

The theater, which McKeough and her husband opened as a side project, proved to be a success in its first six months, she said.

McKeough said the theater recieved a great response from local media, Facebook fans and people who have called to inquire about the indie screenings now set up in Joplin.

Theater showings will resume every first and third Saturday of the month, but may expand to weekly showings during the fall and winter months, she said.

“We’d like to run weekly showings and have more available showings,” she said.

McKeough said she is considering her options with reopening the theater in its current location at the former Vinery and Wine Shop.

“We’re open to some different things,” she said.


Want to go?

Joplin Electric Theater will show "The Artist" at 6 p.m. Saturday at  120 S. Main St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $10.

Details: 417-434-2944.

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