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The base theater reopens for the Warriors of the North on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., Dec. 16, 2016. The renovation project for the theater was scheduled to take six months to complete, but the task was finished in four months. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elijaih Tiggs)

The base theater reopens for the Warriors of the North on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., Dec. 16, 2016. The renovation project for the theater was scheduled to take six months to complete, but the task was finished in four months. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elijaih Tiggs)

Warriors of the North wait to purchase movie tickets and concessions at the newly renovated base theater on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., Dec. 16, 2016. Renovations to the theater included technological updates the point-of-sale systems, the projection system and the sound system. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elijaih Tiggs)

Warriors of the North wait to purchase movie tickets and concessions at the newly renovated base theater on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., Dec. 16, 2016. Renovations to the theater included technological updates the point-of-sale systems, the projection system and the sound system. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elijaih Tiggs)

Leaders from the 319th Air Base Wing join with Army & Air Force Exchange Service leaders to cut the ribbon and reopen the base theater on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., Dec. 16, 2016. Renovations to the theater included technological updates the point-of-sale systems, the projection system and the sound system. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elijaih Tiggs)

Leaders from the 319th Air Base Wing join with Army & Air Force Exchange Service leaders to cut the ribbon and reopen the base theater on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., Dec. 16, 2016. Renovations to the theater included technological updates the point-of-sale systems, the projection system and the sound system. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elijaih Tiggs)

Col. Rodney Lewis, 319th Air Base Wing commander stands with George McNamara, Grand Forks Base Exchange general manager for a picture in the reopened theater on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., Dec. 16; 2016. The renovation project for the theater was scheduled to take six months to complete, but the task was finished in four months. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elijaih Tiggs)

Col. Rodney Lewis, 319th Air Base Wing commander stands with George McNamara, Grand Forks Base Exchange general manager for a picture in the reopened theater on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., Dec. 16; 2016. The renovation project for the theater was scheduled to take six months to complete, but the task was finished in four months. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elijaih Tiggs)

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. --

The Warriors of the North braved sub-zero temperatures to attend the grand re-opening of the base theater here, Dec. 16, 2016.

The grand re-opening kicked off with a showing of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Airmen are excited to have this new source of entertainment available.

Staff Sgt. Christopher Bogan, 319th Security Forces Squadron NCO in charge of resource protection, was present for the reopening and first official showing.

“We don’t have to venture downtown; now we can enjoy this family friendly environment and great resource right on base,” said Bogan.

Col. Rodney Lewis, 319th Air Base Wing commander, wanted to provide a boost in morale to the Warriors of the North.

“The morale of our Airmen and their families is vital to completing the mission. With unpredictable North Dakota weather, a facility allowing for our Airmen to spend quality time with each other, a safe distance from home, is invaluable” said Lewis. “The re-opening of the theater is a culmination of hard work by our One Grand Forks Air Force Base team and especially our partnership with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service."

The theater, which has been closed since 2012, will reopen with $170,000 in upgrades including a high-definition digital projection system with 3D capabilities.

According to AAFES, the theater will offer new releases, 3D and other popular movies.

“The Exchange has partnered with installation command to reopen the Grand Forks Base Theater, the most-requested addition to the Grand Forks community. The theater will offer first-run movies in support of the Exchange’s mission to provide Airmen and their families with top-flight entertainment, shopping and dining,” said an AAFES representative.