With Belton being such a small town, extracurricular activities are limited. There is no glamorous shopping mall, and only a handful of restaurants. However, there is one thing this area has that many other towns its size do not.
The Beltonian is Belton’s very own movie theater located minutes away from campus at 219 E. Central Avenue.
It is a small theater with one screen that opened its doors in December of 2007.
Since then, it has been a fun spot for students and the people of the community.
Malinda Castleberry, the theater manager, has been with The Beltonian almost since the beginning.
“I’ve been here since February of last year, but I’ve been managing since September,” she said.
So what makes this theater unique and what draws people to it?
For one reason, it’s cheap. The price for adults is just $4, and $3 for children. They even have a special on Saturdays in which students from UMHB get in free with their student ID.
Junior education major Robyn Pharis said, “In comparison to other theaters, it’s definitely cheaper. Even the student price at Temple is more than a regular price at The Beltonian.”
Another distinctive quality of the theater is food service.
“We have a wait staff that serves before the movie and a little bit into the movie,” Castleberry said.
They try not to serve too much once the feature has started because it can be a distraction.
The menu consists of typical movie treats: popcorn, candy and nachos.
However, the theater is under new ownership, they have added a foot-long hotdog and a small pizza.
Senior exercise sports science major Jeremy Whitehurst said, “The food was good.”
The theater chooses the films they show carefully.
Castleberry said, “being a small theater, we’re very limited on the kinds of movies that they’ll let us have.
We are a family theater, so anything that’s rated PG-13 or R for nudity or sexual content is automatically ruled out.”
You won’t find anything gratuitous in this neighborhood friendly spot, which is another reason people like it so much.
Sport management major Ally Sargeant said, “the staff is really personal. I like it because it’s like an old-fashioned movie theater.”
Freshman volleyball player and communication major Jasmine Austin was impressed with the arrangement of the place.
“They have tables set up in front you so you have lots of space, and the seats are so comfortable,” she said.
Other students think the proximity of the theater to campus is a major plus.
Junior marketing major Rob Neuenschwander said, “It seems pretty cool. It gives people something to do in Belton without driving too far.”