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Local family brings big city experience to small town U.S.A

Going to the movies is a family experience, but one family in Dickinson, ND is giving it a new meaning.

Griffon Theaters at the Prairie Hills Mall in Dickinson is not your typical theater.

"Griffon Theaters is a family owned, locally run theater that is not tied to any corporate organization at all," said Mark Grove, Griffon Theaters.

Grove who is one of the mall's owners said that when the theater space was vacated by its old tenant last Fall, he and his family felt it was important to get the space filled.

"Especially in the Winter. There is not a lot to do in Dickinson, so we wanted to provide another experience for the local residents," said Mary Grove, Mark's wife.

In a small town like Dickinson, it can be difficult to get a corporate chain to come in, so the Grove family took it upon themselves to give Dickinson a theater that was truly their own.

"I kinda of thought it was crazy, and I thought it was a good idea, " said Abby Grove, Mark and Mary's daughter.

Mark Grove said the process wasn't an easy one, but in 68 days they were able to renovate the space and create a three screen movie theater that is state of the art.

"I think it is a huge change and it is great, and I'm really proud of what they have done, " said Abby Grove.

Her sister Leah said theater's sound system, stadium seating and recliners create a movie experience that most people can only get in a big city.

The two sister's jokingly said the reclining chairs are almost too comfortable.

"People bring their blankets and pillows. They will fall asleep. Some people have gotten mad because they fall asleep (laughter), " said Abby Grove.

So far, the family is getting positive reviews from the audience.

"We have seen an extreme amount of gratification from the public, based on the thanks we have received," said Mark Grove.

The family also said they have even more plans in the future for the public..

"We are planning to expand with three additional screens, and we hope to start that right away this Summer," said Mark Grove.

In the upcoming months, Griffon Theaters plans on offering packages to families looking to have birthday parties at the movies.

 

 

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