The Hi-Pointe Backlot

1002 Hi-Pointe Place

Opened in 2015, the Hi-Pointe Backlot is on the second floor of the building directly behind the Hi-Pointe Theatre. The open space features natural light framed by the original brick walls of the building. Its cozy lobby serves as a gathering place with several small tables, a bar, ticketing space and concessions.

The theatre itself is perfect for cinephiles. The walls, and ceiling are black, devoid of the tacky colors and strange designs of the multiplexes. The seats feature convenient armrests and drink holders and are the latest in comfort.

At first glance one notices that this is welcome space for both the casual and serious movie lover. In addition to the latest in sight and sound, the forty-eight seat room is crowned with a comfy leather couch located at the front of the house and a movie screen measuring 19 feet wide by 8 feet tall.


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Rated R/ 120 Minutes
Directed by: Alex Garland
Cast: Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh


  • Thursday, March 22:  (4:30), 7:00
  • Friday, March 23 - Sunday, March 25:  (2:00), 4:30, 7:00
  • Monday, March 26 - Thursday, March 29:  (4:30), 7:00


Lena (Natalie Portman), a biologist and former soldier, joins a mission to uncover what happened to her husband inside Area X - a sinister and mysterious phenomenon that is...Read more

'Annihilation' is smart science fiction

• 3½ stars out of four •

Calvin Wilson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Annihilation” may strike some viewers as a hybrid of “Arrival” (2016) and “Alien” (1979), but it’s very much its own thing — a science-fiction flick that’s at once intellectually ambitious and extremely frightening.

Working from a screenplay that he adapted from a novel by Jeff VanderMeer, director Alex Garland (“Ex Machina”) creates a strange, intriguing world in which none of the usual rules apply. This is a film that gets under your skin and stays there.

Portman is eminently watchable as Lena, who slowly realizes that she’s in way over her head. And “Ex Machina” star Isaac virtually redefines creepiness.

No doubt “Annihilation” will get a lot of attention for showcasing a mostly female cast. But the film is best appreciated as a smart entry in an often challenging genre.

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