ABILENE, Texas -

For the first time in nearly two years, a movie will play – for authorized patrons – at the theater at Dyess Air Force Base.

Tentative plans are to start showing movies again at the Dyess theater on Friday, Aug. 8, and then to allow base customers to enjoy movies – from then on – each Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Movie showings at the base were discontinued in late September 2012.

At that time, the movie industry was changing the way films were distributed – and the Army and Air Force Exchange Service decided it wouldn’t be financially feasible to convert the Dyess theater from using traditional film projectors to digital equipment.

Now the theater, under the management of the Dyess Morale, Welfare and Readiness program, is readying to show movies again.

“The Dyess movie theater will now operate movies using the digital format,” Dyess spokeswoman Nicole L. Ferrara said in an email. “A private organization made a donation to Dyess AFB with the condition that Dyess use it to purchase the equipment to complete the conversion from film to digitally-formatted movies.”

The theater opened in 1956. It closed for 15 months for a $4.5 million renovation before reopening in February 2011.

Since it stopped being used to show movies in September 2012, Ferrara said it has been “used on a daily basis, providing an ideal location for our airmen to conduct training, host guest speakers and retirements, graduations and various other ceremonies.”

According to Ferrara, the theater will be using a movie subscription service.

“So the movie shown on a given day will be determined by the selection of movies available at the time,” Ferrara said. “Movies played at the base theater will span the spectrum of film ratings, from ‘G’ to ‘R,’ and some will be first-run feature films.”

The movie to be featured on Aug. 8 hasn’t been determined, Ferrara said.

“But once known, it will be advertised to base personnel via email and on the 7th Force Support Squadron website,” she said, referring to www.dyessfss.com.