The Lyric Theater has one screen, so only one movie is shown at a time. The movie is shown at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Upcoming films:
• July 12-14: "The Guilt Trip"
• July 19-21: "Epic"
• July 26-28: "GI Joe: Retaliation"
• Aug. 2-4: "Fast and Furious 6"
Ticket prices: $8 for adults. $5 for children and seniors.
Popcorn: $2 for small, $3 for large.
FAULKTON — Dorothy Huss remembers the years when the customer line at the Lyric Theatre in Faulkton would start at the ticket booth and spill into the streets on a nightly basis.
"Sometimes, the line would be to the courthouse and go one way a block and the other way a block," Huss said. "They would stand in line, and after the second movie was getting close to finished, if there was still people in line, we would run another movie."
Much has changed since Dorothy Huss and her late husband, Cyril, built the Lyric in 1950.
Now, attendance for the one movie the Lyric shows might draw 30 people. Plus, the Lyric still shows movies from a reel-to-reel film system, a system being phased out by the industry.
The Lyric's story is not unlike other rural, small town theaters. But Huss and her son, David, plan to continue their community and family tradition.
"It's been a pleasure providing a movie theater and playing all the movies over the years to the people of this community," Dorothy Huss said.
Although she officially stopped working at the Lyric a couple of years ago, she still stops by to talk to patrons.
The Husses' son, David, has owned and operated the theater since 2009, when his mother suffered a heart attack. David Huss, 59, moved back to Faulkton to take over the theater and work in the Faulk County Sheriff's Office.
Movies have long been a part of Dorothy Huss' life.
When she was growing up in Montgomery, Ala., the only place to watch a movie was the theater, six blocks away from her house.