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Welder Center announces summer cinema selections

By Victoria Advocate
July 12, 2014 at 2:12 a.m.


With the installation of a new cinema projector, Victoria College's Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts announces the lineup of cinema offerings for summer 2014.

"Victoria College has made great technological improvements at the Welder Center during the last 2.5 years, and the cinema projector is one of the most exciting of those advances," said Sue Prudhomme, VC's director of cultural affairs. "It will allow us to expand our offering of programs that contribute to the cultural life of our community."

Programming begins at 3:30 p.m. Thursday with a 2013 Disney blockbuster film, "Frozen," in which participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Disney movie character as they sing along with Queen Elsa and Olaf.

The schedule continues with one cinema event each week through August.

Ticket prices vary according to licensing fees, with some film screenings offering free admission.

Back-to-back classic western films Aug. 2 will harken back to the days of 1940s afternoon movie matinees with free showings of "Stagecoach" (1939) at 2 p.m. and "The Mark of Zorro" (1940) at 4 p.m.

The summer concludes Aug. 23 with a "monster" back-to-school double-feature of "Godzilla: The Japanese Original" paired with the 2014 movie "Godzilla."

This 60th anniversary restoration of the 1954 original is uncut, undubbed and brilliantly restored by Rialto Pictures and is playing only in select theaters nationwide, Prudhomme said.

The Welder Center will offer films in several programming themes, including family programming, second-run blockbusters, iconic Texas and critically acclaimed films that didn't make a first-run screening in Victoria.

Prudhomme said movie aficionados may also select their own film for screening through the Welder Center's partnership with Tugg.com.

"Visit the Tugg.com website and select a film from their library, then select the date for viewing at the Leo J. Welder Center," she explained. "The person or organization who requested the film becomes the promoter for the film screenings and can post the event on Facebook, email friends and spread the word. Once a minimum number of tickets have been sold, the event is confirmed."

Community members are encouraged to call the Welder Center's booking office at 361-485-8540, ext. 2, to help select a date for their Tugg.com event.

It will be scheduled among the many activities happening at the Welder Center, including Theatre Victoria productions, Victoria Ballet Theatre performances, Victoria Texas Independent Film Festival screenings, Victoria Bach Festival, Crossroads Community Band, Ballet Folklorico, regional school productions, dance recitals and nonprofit fundraisers, along with Victoria College choir and band performances.

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

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