Screenings for the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival that were scheduled for the Silver theater have been moved to new venues.
The roof of the Silver collapsed on Saturday, Feb. 4, because of heavy snow and ice. The theater was evacuated before the incident and no one was injured.
Big Sky organizers reached out to a number of venues for the 14th annual festival, which runs Friday, Feb. 17, through Sunday, Feb. 26. The line-up features more than 200 documentary films, plus visiting filmmakers, documentary workshops for industry professionals, and screenings for local schools.
All screenings for the Silver have been moved to the MCT Center for the Performing Arts, the Wilma, the Roxy, and the Public House, a new event rental space on East Broadway on the street level of the Masonic Lodge. Screenings will occur at their previously scheduled times.
New printed schedules will be available at any of the venues starting Saturday, Feb. 18. The online version at bigskyfilmfest.org has been updated.
In an emailed statement, Big Sky Film Institute's executive director, Rachel Gregg, said, “We are relieved nobody was hurt in the collapse, and so saddened by the loss of the Silver. It was a beautiful space especially following the renovations their team had worked hard on for over a year. We are incredibly grateful for our venue partners in Missoula who responded quickly and generously to absorb the schedule planned for The Silver.”
The Silver Foundation purchased the former World Theater building on South Higgins Avenue in 2015 and was renovating it for community and performing arts events.