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Get ready for a weekend of non-stop filmmaking action at 48Create, the new annual independent film competition taking place in Aberdeen, South Dakota! This event is dedicated to igniting the passion of filmmakers and elevating film as an art form in the region.


Join professionals and amateurs alike as they race against the clock to write, shoot, and edit a 4-to-8-minute film in just one weekend. With awards to be given out after a public viewing, this is a competition you won't want to miss.


Mark your calendars for the Filmmaker Kick-Off on Friday, February 17th at 5:30pm at the Red Rooster Coffee House, and the Public Viewing on Sunday, February 19th at 6:30pm at the Capitol Theatre. Doors open at 6:00pm, and tickets are available at the door for $5 per person.


Get ready to be blown away by the creativity and talent on display at 48Create!


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About Capitol Cinema
On September 21, 2007, film made its official return to the Capitol Theatre, a historic 1926 movie palace, with a screening of “Into the Wild” at the inaugural South Dakota Film Festival.  That same year, Aberdeen Community Theatre (ACT) formed its film subsidiary, Capitol Cinema. Capitol Cinema’s programming initially began with a limited yearly film season, December through March, in between ACT’s live theater productions.

In 2013, a new state-of-the-art digital movie projector was installed in the main auditorium, replacing the refurbished 35mm film projector and platter system. December 2015 marked the opening of THEATRE B, a 90-seat, stadium-style auditorium.  With the opening of THEATRE B, Capitol Cinema now shows Hollywood films on weekends. Capitol Cinema also hosts film festivals throughout the year. Concessions are free-will donations.


Due to COVID-19 Capitol Cinema has implemented the following policies for not fully vaccinated people:

  1. Masks or face coverings are required, except when enjoying refreshments.

  2. Social distance, a minimum of 6 feet between persons not of the same group, is required and you maybe asked to change seats to accommodate.

This cinema is equipped with an audio description and closed captioning systems. Devices available upon request.


ACT 2, Inc. dba Capitol Cinema

415 S Main St. Aberdeen, SD 57401

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