Best Movie Theater

The Wilma Theatre

Funny enough, this award comes as the Wilma is currently closed for renovations. New owner Nick Checota says the historic theater will continue showing movies when it reopens this fall, and hopefully show new releases on limited runs. “We’re going to continue to do films, we’re just going to do them differently,” he says. His intent is to preserve the character of the grand 1,000-seat theater, which was built in 1921 and decorated with Louis XIV-style gold trimmings. He’ll maintain that majesty while giving it some much-needed improvements, like new chairs, an expanded lobby and digital projectors. The Wilma will also continue hosting outdoor-film festivals, special indie screenings and the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. So the doors might be closed right now, but we have a lot to look forward to in the years to come. Wilma Theatre • 131 S. Higgins Ave • 728-2521 •

Finalists, Best Movie Theater

2. Roxy Theater • 718 S. Higgins Ave • 728-9380 •

3. Carmike Cinemas • 3640 Mullan Rd • 541-7469 •

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