The Warehouse is now showing movies

Amberlie Haak stands with the screen, projector and sound equipment she uses to show films at The Warehouse at 217 North Hiawatha Ave. at Pipestone. Haak shows family movies outdoors every other weekend for a cost of $3 per person. Photo added

Families interested in catching an outdoor movie this summer don’t need to drive all the way to Luverne. Pipestone’s Amberlie Haak now presents outdoor films at The Warehouse.

Haak purchased the property at 217 North Hiawatha Ave. in Pipestone, often referred to as Lois Hansen’s NSP (Northern States Power) building more than a year ago and opened her daycare center, Haak’s Nest in part of the building on January 13.

She and her family have remodeled the building since she bought it and continue to work on an area that will eventually be a small 49-seat indoor cinema, a youth hangout and a playground. Haak said she could probably rush things and open the indoor space in about a month, but due to COVID-19 restrictions and concerns, the family is taking her time.

In the meantime, she decided to open outdoor movies to fulfill her mission of providing a local family entertainment option. As such, all of the films she shows will be family friendly. She decided to launch the movies this summer in part because some other regular family entertainment options had been canceled due to the pandemic.

After COVID restrictions were lifted to allow outdoor entertainment venues, she bought a projector and screen about 10ft wide and 5ft high to show the movies.

She said the outdoor location, in what serves as her daycare’s playground on weekdays, allows for social distancing and being outdoors means patrons won’t be required to wear masks. Haak said she spray-painted floor squares six feet apart to help customers follow social distancing guidelines. Customers are advised to bring their own chairs or blankets to sit on.

Haak showed his first film, “The Sandlot,” at the warehouse on July 3. She has since shown “Dora and the Lost City of Gold” and on July 31 and August 1, she will be showing “Pokémon Detective Pikachu.”

His plan is to show off new movies that have usually already been released in theaters, but aren’t yet available on DVD or streaming.

Movies will air every other weekend, which Haak says helps make up for the weekends if it rains. Haak said business has been slow so far, but if it picks up she could start showing movies every weekend, as is her plan when she opens the indoor theater.

Once the interior space opens, she also plans to eventually have a hangout area for tweens and teens and a play area inside the building.

The cost to see movies at The Warehouse is $3 per person. Popcorn, bottled water and snack area available for purchase. All concessions are pre-packaged and served outdoors.

To see what movies are playing and when, visit The Warehouse Facebook page at The [email protected]

Alfonso E. Cramer