KILLBUCK -- A year ago, it premiered on UPtv. And, this Valentine's Day, it will make an encore appearance on the big screen at the Duncan Theater.
"Love Finds You in Valentine" was filmed in Holmes County -- at a private horse farm, Millersburg's First Presbyterian Church, the Hotel Millersburg, the Victorian House, Walnut Creek Cheese and Breitenbach Winery -- in May 2015. After the made-for-television movie appeared on the small screen, the Duncan Theater, in cooperation with the Holmes County Historical Society rolled out the red carpet for an April 2 showing of the movie.
The society, which worked with the production team for several scenes filmed at the Victorian House Museum, secured a high-definition Blu-ray high-definition copy of the movie suitable for the big screen.
A fundraiser for the society, the movie will return to the Duncan on Feb. 11.
"Since the premiere showing, we have had many requests to show it again on the big screen," said Historical Society Executive Director Mark Boley, adding, an idea emerged to partner the movie with a dinner. Proceeds from the showing will benefit the Historical Society.
A total of 60 seats will be held for a candlelight dinner prior to the movie presentation. The elegant dinner will be catered by Log Cabin Catering, which, coincidentally, was the official meal provider for the movie production team while in the area.
"This a great time to bring that someone special to dinner in a restored small town Art Deco theater and enjoy the movie on the big screen," said Boley.
"Love Finds You in Valentine" is the third in a series of movies that also includes locally-filmed "Love Finds You in Charm" and "Love Finds You in Sugarcreek."
The movie tells the story of a young law school graduate, who returns to Valentine in the wake of her father's death. It is a town her parents, both deceased, fled in their youth to escape their feuding families and pursue their relationship, according to location manager Brandon Tylka.
As a condition of her father's will, Kennedy Blaire (Michaela McManus) must return to Valentine to effect the sale of her family's ranch.
It is during her trip from Los Angeles, Blaire meets and, eventually falls in love with Valentine, the ranch and ranch hand, Derek Sterling(Diogo Morgado). Developed during the film is Blaire's relationship with her maternal grandfather, Gabriel Morgan (Ed Asner) and Sterling's mother, June (Lindsay Wagner), who helps to tell her the history of her family.
The film also explores the financial misdoings of Blaire's self-interested accountant cousin, who uses falsified records to encourage Blaire to sell the ranch, her subsequent attempts to save the property and a dark past that catches up with Sterling.
The cost of the dinner/movie package is $30 per person for society members and $35 per person for non-members. Those who prefer to opt out of the dinner theater package can still bring their Valentine to the movie.
The dinner starts at 6 p.m., with the box office opening at 7 p.m. for general admission to the movie, admission to which is by donation.
Dinner seating is limited. Reservations may be made online at www.holmeshistory.com or by calling 330-674-0022. There will be no movie-only ticket available in advance of the event.
Reporter Christine Pratt can be reached at 330-674-5676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.