Welder Center cinema features horror, blockbusters, classics

A diverse slate of movies has been scheduled for this fall at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, located in the heart of downtown Victoria.

Frels Fright Fest is the highlight of the Welder Center’s fall cinema offerings. The horror film festival is a Film Exchange event, organized by Anthony Pedone and Joe Friar in tribute to the late Rubin Frels who owned and managed movie theaters in Victoria and throughout South Texas.

Frels Fright Fest will be held Oct. 24-26. Eleven films will be screened, including the classic 1922 silent film “Nosferatu,” with an original score performed live by the Victoria Bach Festival. A complete schedule can be viewed at FrelsFrightFest.com.

The Welder Center’s Cinema Club “film plus discussion” series continues with screenings in October and November. Cinema Club events include thought-provoking introductions by an informed moderator, a film viewing and participation in a discussion about the movie. Movie-goers do not have to be a club member to attend.

On Oct. 22, Eric Ray, curator at the Museum of the Coastal Bend, will introduce George Clooney’s 2014 blockbuster film about a World War II platoon tasked with rescuing art masterpieces from Nazi thieves. After the screening, audience members will be invited to participate in the discussion.

Lisa DeVries, Victoria College associate professor of English, will compare Alice Walker’s novel “The Color Purple” to the 1985 film starring Whoopi Goldberg at the Nov. 5 Cinema Club screening.

The general public, as well as cinema club members, are invited to attend Cinema Club events. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. A complete Cinema Club schedule can be found at WelderCenter.org.

In early November, “Superhero Sunday Cinema” will feature two Marvel Studios hits from 2014. Admission for each superhero movie is $3.

Fall cinema offerings round out with the 1957 classic “An Affair to Remember” on Saturday, Nov. 29. The screening is sponsored by The Inn on Main. Admission is free.

Tickets for movies may be purchased at the Welder Center Box Office by calling (361) 570-TKTS or online at WelderCenter.org.
The Welder Center is located at 214 N. Main St. in historic downtown Victoria.

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

Published: Thursday, 16 October 2014
 

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