Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe nears completion of long-awaited movie theater

From left: Secretary EvAnn White Feather, Chairman Harold Frazier and Treasurer Benita Clark pose in front of the 7th Generation Cinema sign in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Photo by Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is getting ready to open a movie theater that has been in the works for nearly a decade.

The 7th Generation Cinema is located in Eagle Butte. Construction will be completed in the next couple of weeks and it's slated to open in the next few weeks after staffing and other details are finalized.

“I look forward to the theater being up and running," Chairman Harold Frazier said. "I would like to see some films showcasing local actors and subjects.”

Poject manager Rodney Cockeram points out aspects of the 7th Generation Cinema to Chairman Harold Frazier while Secretary EvAnn White Feather looks on in the background. Photo by Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

The 6,252 square-foot facility features two full-size theaters with a total seating capacity for 184 customers. Both theaters are equipped with state of the art digital cinema projection systems and digital surround sound systems.

The tribe spent about $2.8 million on the project. Scull Construction Service been handling construction.

“I plan on buying tickets for the opening day!" said Rodney Cockeram, a project manager for Scull.

The tribe broke ground in late July 2015.

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