Cine Fantástico debuts with restoration of “El Santo” at Plaza Theatre – KVIA El Paso

Cine Fantástico debuts with restoration of “El Santo” at Plaza Theatre – KVIA El Paso

El Santo movie being restored

EL PASO, Texas – The Plaza Theatre will be celebrating “Dia De Los Muertos” this year by debuting “Cine Fantástico.”

The debut of this event will celebrate the legacy of one of Mexico’s most important cinema hero’s,  Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta, more widely known as “El Santo.”

“El Santo” was known for making professional wrestling one of Mexico’s most popular traditions.

“He’s a Mexican hero,” said  Viviana García-Besné, director of Permanencia Voluntaria Film Archive which is a non-profit organization that works to preserve popular Mexican films.

“The Cine Fantástico event, this is the first year that we’re running it and it’s our gift to the people to come and watch for free a classic Mexican movie,” said García-Besné.

The events debut will restore the first film that “El Santo” made his debut in back in 1961, “Santo Contra Cerebro Del Mal.”

“When you attend the screening of “El Santo”, people yell to him and tell him, “Be careful! The bad lady’s coming, Santo Santo,” said García-Besné.

The Plaza Theatre will celebrate “Dia De Los Muerto” by setting up an alter outside the theater with a photo of “El Santo.” Movie-goers are encouraged to bring photos of their lost loved ones to place at the alter or they can even bring gifts for “El Santo.”

“If you want to bring him a letter or some special drink or a tamale, bring it! We’ll put it on the alter,” said García-Besné. People who attend are also encouraged to wear their wrestling masks. 

Viviana García-Besné promises that the event will be a completely different experience than going to a normal movie.

“The experience inside the movie theater watching “El Santo” film is so important for us as a community. It brings us together. It shows our roots, but we don’t have to be Mexican for this you know,” said García-Besné.

The film will premiere at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 1st at the Historic Plaza Theatre in Downtown El Paso. The screening is free of charge and open to the public. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

DanceWatch Weekly: Brave new worlds

DanceWatch Weekly: Brave new worlds

Dance takes some unexpected twists and turns this week. It bounces off the wall at Night Lights: Windows 11, a meta multimedia experience.  It pairs ballet stars with Hollywood royalty in Disney’s phantasmagorical new vision of The Nutcracker, and Shakespeare with the Harlem Renaissance in A Midsummer Night at the Savoy. You can walk around it, cocktail in hand, at civilized-Happy Hour, or catch its infectious joy from happy-footed toddlers at FLOOR’s grand opening party. A little strange? Yes, in a good way.

Performances this week

“Windows 11” by Beth Whelan and Roesing Ape. Photo by Beth Whelan.

Night Lights: Windows 11
Beth Whelan and Roesing Ape
6:00 pm-8:00 pm November 1
Live performances at 6:30 pm and 7:20 pm
Regional Arts & Culture Council, 411 NW Park Ave, on the corner of NW Glisan St and NW Park Ave
As part of the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s outdoor public art series Night Lights, movement artist Beth Whelan and multidisciplinary artist Roesing Ape present Windows 11, which juxtaposes live dance performance with pre-recorded dance performance filmed in front of RACC’s building. The dance on film, projected on RACC’s north wall, will occasionally align with the live dance, all set to Ape’s recorded musical collage of noise art, banjo, and guitar.

Misty Copeland in “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.” Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Walt Disney Pictures
Featuring Misty Copeland, Sergei Polunin, and Lil Buck
Opens in theaters November 2
Click here for movie times and locations
Warning: this is not a dance-centric film and it is not The Nutcracker as you know it. But it does feature choreography by Royal Ballet resident choreographer Liam Scarlett. and spectacular dancing by American Ballet Theatre principal Misty Copeland (here dubbed Ballerina Princess), Ukrainian ballet dancer Sergei Polunin (as the Cavalier), and street dancer Lil Buck as the Mouse King. Loosely based on Marius Petipa’s The Nutcracker Ballet (which, in turn, is based on E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King), this is a Narnia-meets-Harry Potter-meets-Alice in Wonderland-style fantasy adventure tale. Morgan Freeman is Drosselmeyer, Helen Mirren is Mother Ginger, and actress Mackenzie Foy is Clara, who travels to the so-called Fourth Realm to retrieve a key that will unlock a box containing a precious gift and restore harmony to an unstable land.

A Midsummer Night at the Savoy” by Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theatre. Photo courtesy of Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theatre.

A Midsummer Night at the Savoy
Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theatre
7:30 pm November 2-3, 5:00 pm, November 4
Portland Playhouse, 602 NE Prescott St.
Set in Harlem’s historic Savoy Ballroom, but using A Midsummer Night’s Dream as the dramatic framework, Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theatre weaves together four contemporary choreographers’ work into one piece that highlights the massive contributions African-American artists have made to the American cultural landscape. Actor Kevin Jones narrates as Langston Hughes.

Tongue Dance Project dancers Lauren Smith and Adrianna Audoma. Photo by Elliot C. Petenbrink.

FLOOR Center for Dance Grand Opening!
Stephanie Gilliland, owner and artistic director of Tongue Dance Project
9:00 am – 9:00 pm November 3
Cathedral Park Place, 6635 N. Baltimore Ave. #271
Please RSVP by emailing [email protected]
FREE classes and performance by Tongue Dance Project in the evening
Celebrate the grand opening of Portland’s newest dance studio, FLOOR Center for Dance, owned by artist/arts educator Stephanie Gilliland. The party includes a full day of FREE dance classes for kids and adults, and a family-friendly open house from 6:00 – 9:00 pm, with an auction, raffle, refreshments and a performance by Gilliland’s company, Tongue Dance Project.

“civilized” by Catherine Egan features Celine Bouly (left) and Egan.
Photo by Chelsea Petrakis.

civilized-Happy Hour
Catherine Egan
PWNW Alembic Co-Production
4:00-10:00 pm November 3
Performance Works NorthWest, 4625 SE 67th Ave.
Guests are invited to attend anytime during the performance
From 4:00-10:00 pm, viewers can come and go as they like from this performance installation, a visual and sonic exploration on the temporal nature of ice. Created by Portland choreographer Catherine Egan, with music from composer Doug Theriault, the piece uses ice as a metaphor to explore changing dynamics. Egan performs with Celine Bouly and special guest Kyle Delamarter of Imago Theatre.

Upcoming Performances

November 8-17, Future Voices, Willamette University Theatre Department, Artistic Director Michele Ainza
November 9, ¿LISTEN?, ELa FaLa Collective and Polaris Dance Theatre
November 9-11, Cloth, PDX Contemporary Ballet
November 11, Unfolding, a dance film premiere by Muddy Feet Contemporary Dance, SubRosa Dance Collective, and director Dylan Wilbur
November 11, La Sylphide, Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema-Live from Moscow, presented by Fathom Events, BY Experience, and Pathe Live
November 13-14, The Hip Hop Nutcracker, Jennifer Weber
November 14, Tangueros del Sur, Presented by White Bird
November 16-18, Perceiving The Constant, Jessica Hightower
November 17, The Nutcracker, Oregon International Ballet Academy, Choreography by Xuan Cheng / Ye Li after Marius Petipa / Lev Ivanov
November 23-25, A Midsummer Night’s Dream with PSU Orchestra, The Portland Ballet

December 2, Don Quixote, Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema, presented by Fathom Events, BY Experience, and Pathe Live
December 6-8, Winter Performance, NW Dance Project
December 8, So You Think You Can Dance Live! 2018, Eugene
December 8-25, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®, Oregon Ballet Theatre
December 14-16, Babes in Toyland (World Premiere), Ballet Fantastique, Eugene
December 16, Fiesta Flamenca Navideña, Presented by Espacio Flamenco
December 21-23, The Nutcracker, Eugene Ballet, Eugene
December 23, The Nutcracker, Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema-Live from Moscow, presented by Fathom Events, BY Experience, and Pathe Live

January 2019
January 9-20, The Lion King, Eugene
January 20, La Bayadère, Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema-Live from Moscow, presented by Fathom Events, BY Experience, and Pathe Live
January 24-February 3, Fertile Ground Festival of New Work/Groovin Greenhouse
January 24-February 2, The Cutting Room, BodyVox
January 31-February 2, Shay Kuebler/Radical System Art, Presented by White Bird

February 9-10, Romeo and Juliet, Eugene Ballet, Eugene
February 13, Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo, Presented by White Bird
February 16-23, Cinderella, Oregon Ballet Theatre
February 20, Beijing Dance Theater, Presented by White Bird
February 28-March 2, Compagnie Hervé Koubi, Presented by White Bird
February 29-March 2, Trip The Light Fantastic, NW Dance Project

March 1-3, The Odyssey, Ballet Fantastique, Eugene
March 1-3, Materialize, PDX Contemporary Ballet
March 7-9, Compagnie Marie Chouinard, Presented by White Bird
March 8-10, Interplay, Eugene Ballet, Eugene
March 9, Painted Sky Northstar Dance Company, Walters Cultural Arts Center
March 10, The Sleeping Beauty, Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema-Live from Moscow, presented by Fathom Events, BY Experience, and Pathe Live
March 29-31, New Expressive Works Residency Performance

April 4-6, Parsons Dance, Presented by White Bird
April 4-13, The Pearl Dive Project, BodyVox
April 7, The Golden Age, Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema, presented by Fathom Events, BY Experience, and Pathe Live
April 9-10, Savion Glover, Presented by White Bird
April 11-14, Director’s Choice, Oregon Ballet Theatre
April 13-14, The Firebird, Eugene Ballet, Eugene
April 24, Philadanco, Presented by White Bird
April 25-27, Spring Performance, NW Dance Project

May 9-11, Contact Dance Film Festival, BodyVox and NW Film Center
May 10-12, Shaun Keylock Company
May 10-12, Current/Classic, The Portland Ballet
May 10-12, Cleopatra (World Premiere), Ballet Fantastique, Eugene
May 17-19, Undone, PDX Contemporary Ballet
May 19, Carmen Suite / Petrushka, Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema-Live from Moscow, presented by Fathom Events, BY Experience, and Pathe Live
May 26, Derek Hough: Live! The Tour, Eugene

June 7-15, The Americans, Oregon Ballet Theatre
June 7-9, Up Close, The Portland Ballet
June 13-15, Summer Performances, NW Dance Project

DanceWatch Weekly: Brave new worlds

A condo project for Empress Theatre? Montreal city councillor says it should be considered

A condo project for Empress Theatre? Montreal city councillor says it should be considered

It sits on Sherbrooke Street like a ghostly reminder of a bygone era and while no decorations hang from it, the deteriorating Empress Theatre may be the scariest sight on Halloween night.There have been several plans to gut and renovate the interior, restore the exterior and breathe some much-needed life back into this iconic building — but not a single proposal has materialized.Montreal city councillor Marvin Rotrand argues the time may have come for the city to sell the historic site and convert it into condos.Story continues below

READ MORE: City of Montreal finds a buyer for Snowdon TheatreThat’s what happened with the historic Snowdon Theatre on Decarie Boulevard. It suffered a small fire and was eventually sold to a developer by the city and it is being renovated for a housing project.Montreal has owned the Empress Theatre for 23 years. It’s been closed for 26 following a devastating fire in 1992.The building currently has a municipal value of $1,169,700, according to Montreal’s most recent valuation role.“If it doesn’t come out of something that is community based, the city should be looking at housing or something else on the site,” Rotrand told Global News.READ MORE: Montreal’s Snowdon Theatre sold for $1.6MThe Empress Theatre opened in 1927. Its Egyptian insignia and intricate details made it the crown jewel of the neighbourhood for live performances.While the fire destroyed the interior, the outside of the building has been left to decay.“You kind of want to put your faith in the fact that the city is going to step in and take over and do something with that,” Emily McLean, who runs a yoga class next door, told Global News.“But it’s a bit frustrating in that sense because nothing seems like is going to happen.”There have been several proposals to renovate the Empress Theatre in recent years. The most recent idea came from Mk2 Film in the fall of 2017, but the cinema distribution company based in France pulled out this summer.“Do we wait another five, 10, 15 years or do we do something different?” Rotrand said.READ MORE: Abandoned Empress Theatre in NDG could soon be getting makeover after new partnership announcedNeighbouring hair stylist Joseph Mathieu of Joe and Charlie Hair Salon would also like to see something done.“Just really wish something would happen to it, you know? Something that would bring people to the area, you know, just something fun,” Mathieu told Global News.City councillor Peter McQueen, who represents the NDG district, told Global News the city is working on plans and there maybe something to save the Empress Theatre in Montreal’s 2019 budget but he wouldn’t elaborate.The budget is scheduled to be released Nov. 8.READ MORE: Councillors vote to help re-open old Empress TheatreGet daily local headlines and alerts

‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ a family affair

‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ a family affair


Oregon Community Theatre will present Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the hit musical inspired by the 1968 film starring Dick Van Dyke, beginning Friday.

The production follows an unconventional inventor, Caractacus Potts, who decides to restore an old race car he found in a scrap heap. And his children, Jeremy and Jemima, are there to help. As it turns out, the car can fly! Unfortunately, an evil baron wants the car, too. Coming to the rescue is Grandpa Potts. 

The musical, which opened on Broadway in 2005, hasn’t lost its power to captivate young and old, and Oregon’s director, Amy Spaulding-Heuring, said it’s because it really is quite magical.  

“You’ve got a flying car, and the fact that a father and grandfather are raising two children — that’s really a special story, and it’s very relatable for nontraditional families and others.

“I think the music has a lot to do with it as well,” she said. “It’s very fun and hum-able.”

What appeals to her is the charming story.

“I love the fact that the family is sort of eccentric and so loving and so empathetic with each other,” she said. “And I like the idea they have such imagination and believe you can do anything and be anything, and create anything if you believe hard enough; it’s an amazing message.”

The show is really all about family, and Spaulding-Heuring said the Oregon production has a lot of families who are part of the show, including herself — she is directing, and her husband, Paul Heuring, is in the ensemble. Also participating are the Ackermans and the Strongs,and Reed Reamsnyder. Ann Sommers, the stage manager, and her mother are doing the costumes together, and Renee Harrington is in the show while her husband, Kevin, is doing the lighting.

Performances of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Nov. 9 -10 and 3 p.m. Sunday in Fassett Middle School auditorium, 3025 Starr Ave. Tickets — $17 general admission, $14 seniors 60 and older and students 18 to 13, and $10 for children 12 and younger — are available at, by leaving your name and phone number at 419-691-1398, or at the ticket booth any night of the show.

‘Dial M’

Tree City Playhouse opens its 2018-19 season with Frederick Knott’s Dial M for Murder, a hit on Broadway in 1952 and a successful film in 1954 that starred Ray Milland and Grace Kelly.

Jennifer Wegman and Keith Ramsdell are directing the production.

“We’re pleased to be able to bring this classic thriller to life as we open our third season in partnership with the Sylvania Community Arts Commission,” said Ramsdell, who also serves as artistic director.

The story centers on Tony Wendice, who married his wife for her money and now plans to murder her for it. But things don’t go according to plans.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday at 3 p.m. at Church 3TwentyOne, 5845 Centennial Rd., Sylvania. Tickets are $12 general admission and $10 for seniors and students at, from 419-517-0118, or at the door.

Play returns

Dramatically Inspired Works will present its production of F.A.C.E.S. (Faith Always Conquers Every Storm) at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Franciscan Center of Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania 

The story centers on Bethany, who gives encouragement and advice, but is it genuine? Her sister Delilah keeps the family grounded. The play is written and directed by Denise Gaston. 

Special guests include Steve Allen of the Rance Allen Group and Pamela Martin, a Detroit psalmist. Performers include Sheila Daniel Bell and Shanda Barnhill. Arielle Campbell Johnson is music director, and Thelaisha Cathcart is stage manager.

Tickets are $20 in advance from Jack’s Men’s Wear, 3414 Dorr St., $25 at the door, and $35 for VIP seating at the evening show.

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Work to save the history of the Terrace Theatre continues

Work to save the history of the Terrace Theatre continues

In collaboration with the Robbinsdale Historical Society, David Leonhardt’s business American Classic Cinemas has started a legacy program to help restore the letters salvaged from the Terrace Theatre and put them on display for a 2019 historic exhibit.

Leonhardt was president of the Robbinsdale group, Save the Historic Terrace Theater. He worked hard, when the city was divided, to raise funds trying to register the Terrace as a historic place. While the Terrace was torn down in 2016, Leonhardt knew that he had to find a way that the legacy of the Terrace lived on.

Then a light bulb went off, or 670 light bulbs to be exact, in the form of the Terrace Legacy Project.

“This idea was originally one we were going to use while we were fighting to save the Terrace, but it never had a chance to get off the ground,” Leonhardt explained.

The idea is to restore saved artifacts from the Terrace Theatre and put them on display for the public to see, starting with restoring seven letters of the double TERRACE sign.

As of Oct. 16, the project has announced the first fundraising effort to start the restoration process.

“We are asking people to make the symbolic purchase of one of the 670 light bulbs that light up the key feature of the exhibit,” Leonhardt said.

The goal is to raise more than $6,700 so that the Terrace sign can be lit again and other artifacts, like the two salvaged lobby chandeliers, restored and put on display.

While the Save the Historic Terrace Theater group did raise funds during their efforts, most of what was raised was exhausted by the time the building came down, according to Leonhardt. Some of the funds went to the registration fee for historical places.

“We appreciated the support the community gave us during our fight to save the theater and we hope they continue to support us as we work to save its memory,” Leonhardt said.

Of the 14 letters that once stood on the top of the Terrace building, only seven are salvageable. Some of the letters had been damaged with time and others during their removal, according to Leonhardt.

“There were some we couldn’t save if we wanted to,” Leonhardt said. “But between all of the letters, we can get one good set.”

As funds are raised, each letter will be restored by local Noah Kolkman. The hope is to restore a letter a month prior to August 2019 exhibit.

The exhibit will feature other theater artifacts like pictures and documents, the recommendation of historic registration, as well as art inspired by the building and stories of those who visited it for over 65 years.

“As we were fighting for the Terrace we learned how important the theater was in people lives,” Leonhardt explained. “When the Terrace came down this seemed like the natural extension of our efforts.”

According to Leonhardt, everyone, even those who weren’t interested in saving the building’s shell, had fond memories of the place.

“We put so much into trying to save the building that by having these letters restored, it feels like we are still saving a piece of it,” Leonhardt said.

Light bulbs can be sponsored with a one-time donation of $10. Everyone who donates will be recognized on a list of bulb sponsors and displayed when the exhibit debuts in August.

“The Terrace was around for 65 of Robbinsdale’s 125 years,” Leonhardt said. “Isn’t it time that its place in Robbinsdale’s history was cemented?”

Leonhardt hopes to find a place to display the letters for free once the exhibit is completed.

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