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MSP Film Society will now program 5 screens

More options from MSP Film at The Main

Artist rendering of the new exterior planned for MSP Film at The Main
MSP Film at the Main: Artist rendering of the new exterior planned for MSP Film at The Main, the the five theater complex at St Anthony Main which will now be run by the MSP Film Society. It will close for renovations in early January and reopen in time for the 2022 Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival which opens March 31st.
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The St Anthony Main Theater in Minneapolis is set to begin a new life as 'MSP Film at The Main.' MSP Film Society, the organization behind the annual Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival is taking over the five-screen complex.

The organization has programmed one screen in the theater since 2010, only occupying the entire place for the two-week International Festival. Now program director Jesse Bishop says the society will show a wide range of material year round.

"We'll be showing movies that people call movies, and movies that people call films. A little bit of everything,” Bishop said. He emphasized that the expansion in screens will help MSP Film Society to reach more audiences. “We are a neighborhood theater and we want to reach all of our audiences.”

Lines of people outside the St Anthony Main Theaters on the first Friday of the 2009 Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival.
MPR photo/Euan Kerr

A potential boon to work produced in Minnesota

"It will be another opportunity to show work by local filmmakers and connect them to local audiences," he said.

A multi-phased renovation of the building, and its film-showing capabilities, will begin in early January. Bishop says the first phase is set to be completed in time for the 2022 MSPIFF opening March 31st.

He admits things have been rough for movie presenters during the pandemic, but he is excited about the possibilities of the new arrangement.

"Look, we are going to be celebrating our 60th birthday in 2022, the Film Society founded in 1962 and we have been doing this for a very long time, since before I was around! And over the years we've developed this deep film-loving audience and we plan to have our mark here for the next 60 years."

This activity is made possible in part by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment's Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.
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