Classic Western films, bicycling movie featured at Welder Center

Sue Prudhomme

Back-to-back classic western films will screen on Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts. Harken back to the days of 1940s movie matinees with the showing of “Stagecoach” (1939) at 2 p.m. and “The Mark of Zorro” (1940) at 4 p.m. The movie screenings are free and open to the public.

“We started off with a bang, selling out our first movie offering, the ‘FROZEN Sing-A-Long,’” said Sue Prudhomme, Victoria College’s director of cultural affairs. “Our vision with cinema programming at the Center is to provide another layer of cultural opportunities for residents and visitors to Victoria, and to assist with downtown revitalization.”

Throughout the year, movie buffs will be able to view films with several programming themes, including family interest, second-run blockbusters, iconic Texas, and critically-acclaimed films that didn’t make a first-run screening in Victoria.

“Breaking Away” (1979) will screen at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at the request of local cycling enthusiasts and graduates of Indiana University, where it was filmed. An Academy award-winning film, the movie will be introduced by Victoria Mayor Paul Polasek, an avid cyclist, and Sara Hounshell Meinhart, an IU alumnus. If you have a bike and helmet, join cycling enthusiasts for a bicycle ride around DeLeon Plaza and informal races beginning at 6 p.m. Spectators are welcome, and there is no fee to participate.

Summer cinema offerings conclude on Saturday, Aug. 23, with “Dinner and a Monster,” a double-feature” of “GODZILLA: THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL” paired with the 2014 monster movie. This 60th anniversary restoration of the 1954 original is uncut, undubbed and brilliantly restored by Rialto Pictures and is playing only in select theatres nationwide. Box dinners will be available for pre-purchase.

A complete schedule of summer cinema can be found at The schedule includes one cinema event each week through the end of August. Ticket prices vary according to licensing fees, with some film screenings offering free admission.

The Welder Center is located at 214 N. Main St. in downtown Victoria.

For more information on the Leo J. Welder Center cinema offerings, contact Sue Prudhomme at (361) 582-2436 or email

Published: Thursday, 24 July 2014

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