Laurel Movie Haus
After buying Billings first mall, West Park Plaza, in August 2008, Washington state developer Bob McDonald, along with the rest of the country, was hit with a deep recession.
We survived plenty in 2012, from the Mayan Apocalypse to Honey Boo Boo and Psy. Billings lost its independent bookstore, Thomas Books. And just before Christmas, Laurel said so long to its lone movie theater.
Riley and Vickie Cooke stand with their 18-year-old daughter, Jenny, in the concessions area of their theater, Laurel Movie Haus, which is celebrating its first anniversary at 101 W. 1st St. The Cookes also own and operate the Amusement Park Drive-in.
Spools of film are mounted on a projector reel at Laurel Movie Haus. Riley Cooke said the theater will make the switch to digital projection, which will allow the theater to show a wider option of releases.
A new three-screen theater, Laurel Movie Haus, is now open seven days a week in the former Dollar Store in Laurel. After a soft opening last week, the Laurel Movie Haus is now going full-tilt, showing movies seven days a week.