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Welcome to the Historic Midwest Theater’s home on web. This is your invitation to experience something compelling, provocative and diverse at the theater. We constantly have a unique mix of powerful and passionate works in film, music, and theatre by some of the most innovative, influential and renowned artists from around the country. We are getting excited about our upcoming 2013/2014 season, All 6 Artists bring some thing very unique to the Midwest Theater.  I hope that you will return often to check out the new events. If you have yet to visit our wonderful theater, we encourage you to discover the magic of the Midwest Theater.
Billy J. Estes
Executive Director 


REEL Earth - "Tiny: A Story about living Small"

April 22

Tiny.jpg“Tiny: A Story About Living Small”   61 min   Not Rated

Tuesday, April 22nd 7:30 pm

After a decade of travel, Christopher Smith approaches his 30th birthday and decides it’s time to plant some roots. He impulsively buys a 5-acre plot of land in hopes of fulfilling a lifelong dream of building a home in the mountains of Colorado. With the support of his girlfriend, Merete, he sets out to build a Tiny House from scratch despite having no construction experience.
From 1970 to 2010, the average size of a new house in America has almost doubled. Yet in recent years, many are redefining their American Dream to focus on flexibility, financial freedom, and quality of life over quantity of space. These self-proclaimed “Tiny Housers” live in homes smaller than the average parking space, often built on wheels to bypass building codes and zoning laws. TINY takes us inside six of these homes stripped to their essentials, exploring the owners’ stories and the design innovations that make them work.
When Christopher decides to build his own Tiny House, he dives into the tension between settling down and staying adrift, between preserving a parcel of land that he loves and developing it. Merete begins to ask her own questions about settling down, and both walk away with unexpected lessons about the meaning of home, the importance of place, and the personal impact of sticking with a project that became bigger than they’d ever imagined.
TINY is a coming-of-age story for a generation that is more connected, yet less tied-down than ever, and for a society redefining its priorities in the face of a changing financial and environmental climate. More than anything, TINY invites its viewers to dream big and imagine living small.  www.tiny-themovie.com/

DocUTAH 2013
Tallgrass Film Festival 2013
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2014
Boulder International Film Festival 2014

DC Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capitol 2014



REEL Earth - "A Place at the Table"

April 23

“A Place at the Table”
84 min Rated: PG
Wednesday, April 23rd 7:30pm

50 million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.
Their stories are interwoven with insights from experts including sociologist Janet Poppendieck, author Raj Patel and nutrition policy leader Marion Nestle; ordinary citizens like Pastor Bob Wilson and teachers Leslie Nichols and Odessa Cherry; and activists such as Witness to Hunger’s Mariana Chilton, Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio and Oscar®-winning actor Jeff Bridges.
Ultimately, A Place at the Table shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides—as they have in the past—that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.    www.takepart.com/place-at-the-table
2011 Sundance Film Festival
2012 HotDocs
2012 Seattle International Film Festival
2012 Philadelphia Film Festival
2012 Cleveland International Film Festival
2012 Twin Cities Film Festival

2012 Savannah Film Festival  


REEL Earth - "Crane Trust & River Tamed"

April 24

Masthead_River_Sunrise.jpg “Crane Trust”   30 min  Not Rated
Thursday, April 24th 7:30pm
Be inspired by this beautifully uplifting story about one of the world's most remarkable natural resources in Nebraska's very own backyard—and a new breed of pioneer working to save it—as told by Dr. Jane Goodall, Tom Mangelsen and a growing legacy of equally determined conservation leaders. 
Hosted by Sam Waterston of television's "Law & Order" fame, this inspiring documentary, featuring Nebraska's great sandhill crane migration and an extraordinary connection to the people of Nebraska and the world, is part of the award-winning Visionaries film series for PBS stations nationwide. 
The Crane Trust documentary was produced by Visionaries in partnership with the Nebraska Tourism Commission, the Parker Family Foundation and the Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce. 
“A River Tamed”   
51 min   Not Rated
Following "Crane Trust" at approx 8:00pm 

A River Tamed was filmed on location on the Republican River which supplies irrigation water to three states. It chronicles the history of the legendary river with firsthand accounts, photographs and vintage film clips of the devastating flood of 1935.  The program is an educational and entertaining  journey into remote areas of  Nebraska and documents the  efforts to restore flow along the waterway. A River Tamed  tells the story of  the politics behind  the 10-year court battle between Kansas and Nebraska over the waters of the Republican River. The documentary premiered at the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in Denver and was screened as an official selection for the Prairie Lights Film Festival in Grand Island, Nebraska.
A River Tamed from award-winning director Becky McMillen is the second film in a series of educational programs about threatened rivers and streams. Her first film, The Hope of Nine Mile Creek has been seen at conferences and film festivals across the nation. It won best short film awards at international film festivals in Colorado and Iowa. Becky's short documentary, River of Time, Wyoming's Evolving North Platte River, made its television premiere on Wyoming PBS in 2013 and is a Silver Telly Award winner for short documentary programming.
Becky McMillen is an 8-time winner of industry awards and has served as a judge for Aurora and Telly Award competitions. She is intensely interested in conservation issues and history. One of her recent projects involved traveling to Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and California to film in National Parks and Forest Service lands for an invasive species project that is now being utilized across the United States and parts of Canada. Becky's production company, Insight Creative Independent, is based in her farmstead studio in rural western Nebraska where she works closely with other  talented artists on productions for government agencies, educational entities and local businesses. For more information visit www.BytesCameraAction.com.

2012 Wildlife Conservation Film Festival
2013 Prairie Lights Film Festival  


April 25

Noah_Movie_poster.jpgApril 25-27
Fri & Sat 7:30   Sun 1:30 

Rated: PG-13  Running time: 138 min 

A man is chosen by his world's creator to undertake a momentous mission to rescue the innocent before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the wicked from the world.



IRC: Science and Creation

April 27

Federated Church of Mitchell
Institute for Creation Research & Frank Sherwin 



For over four decades, the Institute for Creation Research has equipped believers with evidence of the Bible's accuracy and authority through scientific research, educational programs, and media presentations, all conducted within a thoroughly biblical framework.

On Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 7 P.M., Frank Sherwin, ICR research associate, senior lecturer, and science writer will be speaking at the historic Midwest Theater in Scottsbluff, NE. on Science and Creation. The accuracy of Genesis is paramount to the validity of all Scripture. Using the very scientific evidence that scientists have all had at their disposal since the earth was formed, Frank Sherwin will demonstrate that Scripture is indeed true and accurate.
This informative and educational event is brought to the Nebraska Panhandle by the Federated Church of Mitchell and other interested churches. It is free to the public, but a free will offering will be received to offset expenses incurred by ICR and Frank Sherwin.