Board of Directors
Current Board Members
Vicki Jackson– President
Randy Paxson –Vice President
Solomon Valley Cinema Manager
History of the Solomon Valley Cinema
The cinema began when community people wanted to build a theater in Beloit. The Mitchell County Foundation was formed so contributors could make a tax free donation and a board of five was appointed to head up the cinema project; Wayne Ronnebaum, Carol Tolbert, Sharon File, Guy Steier and John Cashatt. Errol and Deloris Schafer became the Fund Drive chair people and played a major role in getting the much needed funding set in place.
Most of the work on theatre was done by donated labor. Dick Wise of Wise Construction Co., Cawker City, erected the building with Steve File and John Cashatt doing the framing and the Vocational Technical College students doing much of the electrical work. Overall there were close to 200 volunteers who helped build the building with many Beloit businesses and people pledging time, money and materials. The initial cost of the building was $203,000. This was in addition to all of the volunteer hours and materials donated.
There came a point when the board decided that even though the financial goal had not been met, they needed to get the theater finished and the doors opened. They took out a $70,000 loan and showed the first movie in November of 1995. Even though there was skepticism about the longevity of the theater, it was a great thrill to pay off the note and have a mortgage shredding ceremony on the theater's fifth anniversary.
The theater was initially run by area volunteers and the board members. Two people a night were scheduled to run the projectors and sell tickets and concessions. As revenue increased, Kelly Peters was hired as manager and high school students were employed. Today, the cinema employees three adults and three high school students, with board members still donating one shift a month to the cinema. Randy Paxson, a long time president of the cinema board, is our “Mr. Fix It”, performing all the maintenance and repairs on the projectors and the building.
Over the years, the cinema has made various improvements. The Mono-sound system was upgraded to Surround sound and then to the Digital Sound System that is in place today. A supply room and office have been added on to the building. Sidewalks were put around the building and the parking lot was redone. In 2008, new carpet, updated lighting, and a remodeled lobby were completed. In 2009, the cinema will have in place a new projection system which will allow films to be played digitally instead of from 35mm reels. This will dramatically improve the quality of the picture. It will also have the ability to show movies in 3D.
It's with great pride that through the years the cinema has contributed some of its excess revenue to the Mitchell County Foundation, which awards the money to other worthy causes needing funding. It's also a source of pride that there has been very little price increases. In fact, one time prices on some concessions were even lowered. Original ticket prices were $4.00 for adults and $3.00 for children. Today, after 15 years, an adult ticket is still only $5.00 and a child’s ticket is only $4.00. The cinema makes every effort possible to keep overhead and costs down so attending a movie can be affordable for everyone.
- IT Chapter 2 (R)Fri. & Sat.: 7:00 onlySun.: 2:00 & 7:00Mon.-Thurs.: 7:00Running Time: 2 hrs 55 minsIT Chapter 2Running Time: 2 hrs 55 mins
Twenty-seven years after the Losers Club defeated Pennywise, he has returned to terrorize the town of Derry once more. Now adults, the Losers have long since gone their separate ways. However, people are disappearing again, so Mike, the only one of the group to remain in their hometown, calls the others home. Damaged by the experiences of their past, they must each conquer their deepest fears to destroy Pennywise once and for all...putting them directly in the path of the shape-shifting clown that has become deadlier than ever.Genre: HorrorDirector: Andy MuschiettiCast: Bill Skarsgard, James McAvoy, Bill Hader
- Overcomer (PG)Fri. & Sat.: 7:30 & 9:30Sun.: 2:30 & 7:30Mon.-Thurs.: 7:30Running Time: 2 hrsOvercomerRunning Time: 2 hrs
Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, OVERCOMER follows the Kendricks’ previous features FACING THE GIANTS, FIREPROOF, COURAGEOUS, and the #1 box-office hit, WAR ROOM. Life changes overnight for basketball coach John Harrison and the high school where he and his wife teach when they learn the largest manufacturing plant in town is shutting down. Uncertainty swirls as hundreds of families depart, leaving John fearful for the future of his family and his team. Forced to coach a sport he doesn’t even like, John is inspired by an unexpected friendship, and an unlikely athlete pushing her limits on a journey toward discovery. With newfound resolve and the support of the community, Hannah and her coach challenge the impossible in the biggest race of her life.Genre: FamilyDirector: Alex KendrickCast: Alex Kendrick, Shari Rigby, Ben Davies