Midwest Theater will host Nebraska premiere of Netflix series filled in western Nebraska, Coen Brothers’ ’The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”

November 15, 2018

SCOTTSBLUFF — After many months of communication with Netflix, Midwest Theater director Billy Estes finally received the much anticipated approval to hold a premiere showing of the Coen Brothers movie filmed partially in the beautiful rolling hills of western Nebraska.

“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” is set to be released on Netflix Friday, Nov. 16, but the ability to view the film on the big screen has been made possible by the persistence and determination of Estes. Estes said he made numerous phone calls and sent several e-mails to his connections at Netflix.

“The fact that Buster Scruggs is not showing anywhere in Nebraska is awesome, especially that it’s on our anniversary,” said Estes.

The filming of the movie in western Nebraska brought in close to $1 million to the local economy in the fall of 2017 and gave many local residents the opportunity to experience the making of a professional and world-class film operation, he said.

On Friday, Nov. 16, the Midwest Theater, along with the Nebraska Film Commission, invite any cast members or vendors who were involved with the movie locally to the theater for nibbles provided by The Emporium & The Tangled Tumbleweed and a cash bar from 6:30 – 7 p.m. Doors for the general public will open at 6:45 p.m. The film will start at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a showing of the movie on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a six-part Western anthology film, a series of tales about the American frontier told through the unique and incomparable voice of Joel and Ethan Coen. Each chapter tells a distinct story about the American West.

The film is rated R and has a runtime of 2 hours and 12 minutes.

Ticket prices are $4 for members and $6 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased in advance online MidwestTheater.com or in person at the theater.

Also this weekend, to celebrate the Friends of the Midwest Theater’s 20th Anniversary, The Historic Midwest Theater announces the film “Home Alone” will show on Nov. 18 after the Scottsbluff Christmas Parade.

Many are familiar with the film, which shows the adventures of bratty 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) who acts out the night before a family trip to Paris and his mother (Catherine O’Hara) makes him sleep in the attic. After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement sours when he realizes that two con men (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home.

The film is rated PG and has a runtime of 1 hour and 43 minutes. Showtime is on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.

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