Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s Newly Renovated Reel Time Theater Debuts at Fort Irwin

FORT IRWIN – It was lights, camera, action on the silver screen as the Army & Air Force Exchange Service raised the curtain on its newly renovated Reel Time Theater at Fort Irwin.

“Raya and the Last Dragon” was the first official movie shown in the two-theater auditorium—one theater seats 220 and the other 120—after the old theater closed a year ago.

Reel Time Fort Irwin

Fort Irwin Garrison Commander Col. Jeanette Martin welcomes visitors to the Exchange’s newly renovated Reel Time Theater. Also pictured (from left) are Exchange West Coast Vice President Robert Rice, Fort Irwin BX General Manager Holly Elliott, Brig. Gen. David Lesperance and Command Sgt. Major William Justice.

Reel Time boasts refurbished screens and new seating, projectors, speakers, flooring and restrooms.

“The renovated Reel Time Theater reinforces the Exchange’s commitment to the Fort Irwin community,” said Holly Elliott, general manager of the Fort Irwin PX. “With a fresh slate of first-run movies, as well as some older classics, Soldiers and their families can enjoy top-notch entertainment in a comfortable setting.”

Currently, showtimes are 6 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday.

“This project enhances the quality of life on Fort Irwin, providing exceptional facilities that really make working and living on Fort Irwin an installation of choice,” Garrison Commander Col. Jeanette Martin said. “The movie theater is a great example of placing our Soldiers and families first, and it gives them a place to spend time with their families and decompress.”

Fort Irwin is part of a pilot program to improve the Quality of Life for Soldiers and their families at austere locations. The program, which also includes Forts Polk, Hood and Wainwright, plans upgrades to main stores and Expresses, on-post dining and Wi-Fi infrastructure while extending job opportunities to military spouses.

Other Exchange services on the way to Fort Irwin include a Soleil Nails & Spa coming in April, along with upgrades to Starbucks and Subway.

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Since 1895, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (Exchange) has gone where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives by providing valued goods and services at exclusive military pricing. The Exchange is the 61st-largest retailer in the United States. Its earnings provided $2.2 billion in dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs over the last 10 years. The Exchange is a non-appropriated fund entity of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors. The Exchange is a 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative Partner, planning and conducting events and activities that recognize the service, valor and sacrifice of Vietnam Veterans and their families in conjunction with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our website at or follow us on Twitter at


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