Academic journal article The Journal of Chickasaw History and Culture

Come to the Museum, Go to the Movies: The Anoli' Theater

Academic journal article The Journal of Chickasaw History and Culture

Come to the Museum, Go to the Movies: The Anoli' Theater

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Along with the traditional village, spirit forest, and other interactive celebrations of Chickasaw culture and experience, the Cultural Center is home to the Anoli' Theater, designed specifically to showcase Chickasaw movies and movies about subjects Chickasaws want to see. A high-definition screen of 2,728 square feet presides over 350 seats arranged for the best possible visual experience, and three different kinds of projectors make it possible to show nearly any sort of movie, from large format, to digital, to 35mm. According to Brad Deramus, theater manager of the Anoli' ("stories" in Chickasaw) Theater, the mission statement is "to give patrons a quality memorable visual experience through use of technology and culture." Thus, the Anoli' Theater shows native american-based movies on a monthly basis, many by native american writers, directors, producers, or actors. Guest speakers will often accompany their films to answer questions about them, and the theater is capable of hosting large seminars on any subject. In addition the Chickasaw Living History Players have interest in it as a performance venue. …

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