From Inspiration to Reality: Opening The Last Picture House
On this episode of What's Happenin' QC Scott Beck and Bryan Woods co-owners of The Last Picture House, a new movie theater opening in downtown Davenport, discuss the December 9th grand opening.
The grand opening lineup includes a family screening of Field of Dreams in the afternoon. The big event is a 7:30pm screening of the new A24 film The Iron Claw, about the Von Erich wrestling dynasty. This will be an advanced screening, as the film doesn't come out widely until December 22nd, making it a special opportunity for locals to see it early. Scott says the film and Zach Efron's performance are awards-worthy.
Scott and Bryan got into filmmaking as kids in Bettendorf, making movies with action figures and recruiting friends to act in films they'd write and direct. They were inspired by the talented artists they found in the Quad Cities. This influenced their dream to eventually open a theater back home.
The Last Picture House is designed as a "lounge" and "mini-museum" to cinema, displaying classic posters and props from famous films. They hope to make it a place for an immersive experience including discussions before and after films. Bryan discusses how impactful the communal experience of seeing films like The Sixth Sense was for him.
They were inspired by theaters like Quentin Tarantino's New Beverly Cinema and the British Film Institute that make film a conversation and community rather than just consumption. Their goal is to facilitate excitement over film in the Quad Cities again.
Scott and Bryan discuss people who supported and inspired them over the years, from parents and teachers to those reinvesting in downtown like Dan Bush. They are excited to now be a part of revitalizing their hometown through The Last Picture House. Marc and the guests have a discussion about film scores, the value of live performances and human experiences versus technology as well.