ND’s oil patch theaters not showing anti-fracking film

Though “Promised Land,” the new film that takes on the controversial process of “fracking,” opens in wide release across the country today, moviegoers in North Dakota’s oil patch won’t be able to see it anytime soon.

Neither the Odyssey Cine 3 Theatre in Dickinson, the Grand Theatre in Williston nor the Carmike Stadium 9 in Minot will be getting “Promised Land” this weekend, according to theater owners and managers.

Fracking, otherwise known as hydraulic fracturing, is a drilling technique being used to extract oil from North Dakota’s Bakken Formation, but critics argue the process can pollute the ground where it’s used.

Tom Agnes, owner of the Williston theater, said he had “no idea” if his cinema will show “Promised Land” in the future, but added it’s not because of anything to do with the film’s controversial subject.

“It’s an independent film, and we don’t usually play those,” he said.

Fargo Forum