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Japanese monster targets downtown Victoria - twice

By Victoria Advocate
Aug. 16, 2014 at 2:06 p.m.


The Godzilla monster has its eye on historic downtown Victoria.

A classic of Japanese cinema, "Godzilla: The Japanese Original," will screen at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St.

When Americans saw "Godzilla: King of the Monsters!" in their 1950s movie house, only 60 minutes of the original Japanese feature remained, and 20 minutes of new American footage with Raymond Burr had been added. "Godzilla: The Japanese Original," is the 1954 Japanese film, unadulterated with the American alterations eliminated.

The film has been restored by Rialto Pictures, "the gold standard of reissue distributors," said Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times. This 60th anniversary restoration of the original feature is uncut, undubbed and playing only in select theatres.

"Godzilla: The Japanese Original," will screen as part of a double feature "Dinner and a Monster Movie," paired with the 2014 "Godzilla."

A complete schedule of the double feature can be found at WelderCenter.org. Tickets are $5 per movie and $13 for the dinner box. All tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door.

"In response to community feedback, the double feature is our first 'movie drafthouse' structured event," said Sue Prudhomme, Victoria College's director of cultural affairs. "We collected information from community members about their cinema interests through surveys and town hall meetings."

In keeping with the movie drafthouse theme, only people 12 and older will be admitted to the double feature. Seating is assigned upon ticket purchase.

The center's concessions bar will be serving Japanese-inspired "bento box" dinners and Japanese beer. Dinners will be prepared by The Sendera and must be preordered by 6 p.m. Friday.

For more information on the cinema offerings, contact Prudhomme at 361-582-2436 or email Sue.Prudhomme@VictoriaCollege.edu.

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