Japanese monster targets downtown Victoria twice

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, Aug. 23 at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts.

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 American alterations eliminated.

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

“GODZILLA: THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL” will screen as part of a double feature “Dinner and a Monster Movie,” paired with the 2014 monster movie blockbuster.

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 ages 12+ will be admitted to the doublefeature. 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 pre-ordered by 6 p.m. Aug. 22.

The Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts 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 Sue.Prudhomme@VictoriaCollege.edu.

Published: Friday, 15 August 2014

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