Theater needs screen, surround sound for new movie projector

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

May 30, 2014 at 12:30 a.m.
Updated May 31, 2014 at 12:31 a.m.

Crossroads residents want to watch movies at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts that they can't see elsewhere.

"This is a great chance for us to extend independent film programming outside the film festival," aid Lisa DeVries, a Victoria College professor and film club president.

Sue Prudhomme, Victoria College director of cultural affairs, met with about 20 community members Thursday evening to get their input on what they'd like to see screen at the theater this summer.

The center will offer movies this summer after a new movie projector arrives.

Another community input meeting is planned for Saturday, Prudhomme said.

"We're not looking to profit from the projector," Prudhomme said. "We're looking for cultural enrichment for the community."

But before achieving their goals, Prudhomme said the theater also needs to acquire a screen for the projector.

The one the theater uses is on loan from the Victoria TX Indie Film Fest, Prudhomme said.

"The screens we're looking at are about $30,000," Prudhomme said.

Last week, the college approved the $66,445-purchase of a new digital cinema projector. Ninety-percent of the funding came from the city's hotel occupancy tax funds.

Another financial concern for the theater are the light bulbs used by the projector, valued at $1,300 each, and the lack of a surround sound system, Prudhomme said.

As part of a partnership with the Victoria TX Indie Film Fest, Prudhomme said, the festival will be allowed 20 days of programming, which includes the four days of the festival. Festival organizers are planning a horror film festival the weekend before Halloween, she said.

If someone wants to bring a movie to the Welder Center, Prudhomme suggested using the website, a do-it-yourself film-distributing website.



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