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Local movie theater reopening this weekend after yearlong closure

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AMMON – The long-awaited return of a local movie theater is finally here.

Edwards Grand Teton Cinemas in Ammon is opening Friday after being closed for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

General Manager Kyle Roberts tells they’ll be opening with the release of two new movies — “Wrath of Man,” an action thriller starring Jason Statham, and “Here Today,” a drama starring Billy Crystal and Tiffany Haddish.

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“We’re excited to open back up, and we invite people to come out for a night at the movies,” Roberts says.

Other titles released over the last month, like “Mortal Kombat,” “The Unholy,” and “Separation” will also be available. Roberts is looking forward to the premiere of “A Quiet Place Part II” and “F9” on Memorial Day weekend.

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It’s been a difficult year for theaters across the country. There have been no new developments on two planned movie theater projects in Snake River Landing and Jackson Hole Junction in Idaho Falls. Despite the lack of new movies, other theaters in eastern Idaho have found creative ways to stay open during the pandemic.

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The Paramount Theater in Idaho Falls opened last May after an extensive remodel. The Centre Twin in downtown and the Blackfoot Movie Mill continued to stay in operation as well.

Motor Vu Drive-in held several events last year, including a live concert performance from David Archuleta and Garth Brooks.

As Edwards prepares for its reopening, Roberts says annual movie passes bought before the shutdown will be honored. For a list of movies and showtimes, click here.

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