BREAKING: ‘Quiet Place’ Filmmakers Opening New Movie Theater In Iowa
BREAKING NEWS: Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, the creative duo behind the award-winning blockbuster hit “A Quiet Place,” are opening a new two-screen movie theater, The Last Picture House, on the corner of 2nd and Iowa Streets in downtown Davenport.
Cheekily named after the Peter Bogdonovich film, “The Last Picture Show,” the venue owned by the pair, who were born and raised in the Quad-Cities, is being helped along by a $600,000 grant from the state of Iowa to buttress the $3.72 million project.
The 8,700 square foot spot for the new theater is currently vacant, and is owned by Peter Stopulos, who also owns the nearby Raccoon Motel.
The Last Picture House grant was among $14.1 million for four Destination Iowa projects announced Friday by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Economic Development Authority.
The new hot spot will feature two screens and host first-run as well as classic movies and festivals featuring local and independent films. It will also have a cocktail bar and a rooftop bar featuring a movie screen.
Beck and Woods were born and raised in Bettendorf and are Bettendorf High School and University of Iowa graduates. They began making films in the ’90s in their early teens and continued to make films throughout the Quad-Cities into the 2000s.
After winning an MTV young filmmakers contest, they moved to California and paid their dues for over a decade before striking it big with the script for “A Quiet Place,” starring John Krasinski. The movie made almost $350 million worldwide, and vaulted the pair to stardom. They followed that up with their first big budget directorial effort, “Haunt,” and an adaptation of Stephen King’s “Boogeyman.” The duo are hard at work on an as-yet-unannounced new project in addition to the movie house.