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Hollywood actor to appear at Whitehall movie theater Friday

Hollywood actor to appear at Whitehall movie theater Friday

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A small town theater will host Hollywood royalty Friday.

Actor Bill Pullman will attend the showing of his new movie, "Independence Day: Resurgence," at the Star Theatre on Main Street in Whitehall. Doors opens at 7 p.m.; the movie follows at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be $5.

The theater seats about 200, and seating is first come, first served. Pullman is expected to participate in a question-and-answer session with the audience after the movie.

A silent auction during the event will benefit Whitehall's community library and pool. Signed posters and other items will be available for the auction. 

Pullman owns a ranch outside of Cardwell. He has family who live in the area.

Pullman and his wife, Tamara, are in town to participate in Butte’s Fourth of July parade. They will be on a float with other family members. 

Whitehall’s Star Theatre is unique. Its reel-to-reel projector dated back to the 1930s. The theater was forced to close two years ago when movie suppliers began distributing movies in digital form only.

But an effort led by locals to save the theater enabled the theater to purchase a digital projector and stereo sound equipment and do some other renovation work on the historical building. The Star reopened a few months later.

According to Wikipedia, the science fiction film "Independence Day: Resurgence," is the sequel to the 1996 film "Independence Day" and also stars Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward, Judd Hirsch and Vivica A. Fox.

The film focuses on the battle between Earth Space Defense, an international military defense organization, and the returning alien invaders during the 20th anniversary of humanity’s first victory against the latter on July 4 – the same date as the Independence Day in the United States.

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Environmental and natural resources reporter for the Montana Standard.

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