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Beck and Woods Invite You to the Movies


A new theater will open in Davenport next spring, thanks to some Hollywood bigwigs.

Scott Beck and Bryan Woods are from the Iowa Quad Cities, and grew up making stop-motion films. And now they're the screen-writing duo for 2018's Oscar Nominated movie, "A Quiet Place."
They have returned to develop, "The Last Picture House." A $600,000 state grant will help pay for the $3,700,000 theater.
Beck says it'll provide space for local art.

"We're really devout believers in the theatrical experience, and I know with COVID, and the Pandemic that we've all kind of been living through, theatres had to, you know, kind of sit on the sidelines for a while until it was safe to get back out there."

Beck and Woods designed the theater with a film history in mind, with retro and international movie posters. The two-story building will include a movie theatre, social lounge, and cocktail bar.
Woods says he's excited to reignite the a passion for going to the movies.

"Incorporating with communities in the arts with different filmmaking programs that are catered towards high school students, even junior high students, or college students, and just finding a way to build that infrastructure whether its programs or screening series or special guests that can come in and talk."

"The Last Picture House" movie theater in downtown Davenport is expected to open in May. It is being built in the 300 block of East 2nd Street.

Susanna Kemerling is WVIK Quad Cities NPR's 2022 Fellowship Host/Reporter. She graduated from Northern Illinois University for Media Studies in Communication and spent the last year working as a Teaching Assistant through the graduate program at NIU.