New life in old theater – Tri City Times

October 31, 2018

ALMONT — Who wouldn’t want to see their name up in lights?

Turns out, that’s a possibility for an entrepreneur looking to open a new business in the old movie theater on Main Street.

The building—which has been vacant for a number of years—was most recently home to Curves fitness for women and then to a taxidermy business. Before that, longtime former Almont resident and pharmacist Jim Henderson remodeled the old theater in 1983 and re-opened it as a pharmacy.

Today, entrepreneur and businessman Steve Francis is breathing new life into the old building in hopes of sparking renewed interest in downtown Almont.

The Country Smoke House owner says he decided to purchase the old theater and adjacent medical/law office building when he found out the property was being considered for something else: a used car lot.

“I just didn’t want to see the theater torn down and a used car lot in the middle of Almont,” Francis says. “The theater has a lot of history and historical value in Almont. I want to try to preserve some of that.”

Those preservation plans include possible restoration of the theater’s marquis, which was covered up with wood when Henderson remodeled the building.

On Friday, Francis and helper Jeff Morauski began removing the wood panels from the marquis. They also uncovered the theater’s old ticket booth, and removed some drywall panels from what used to be the lobby.

“If the marquis looks like it can be saved, I’m going to do that,” Francis says. “I’d like to restore it to its original condition. Wouldn’t it be cool to see it all lit up again?”

The marquis is not the only cool possibility contained within the building’s walls. The former theater room is spacious, capped off with a vaulted wooden ceiling. Above the theater, a full apartment equipped with a jacuzzi tub where the Henderson family once lived also awaits some TLC.

While he’s not sure what the future holds for the building, Francis believes it would be ideal for a brewery, winery, bakery or restaurant.

“The building is so large, and it’s so cool because of the wide open ceiling, the old wood trusses and all,” he says. “Someone with a little creativity could make the most of it. It would be nice to have somebody we could build it out for.”

Another plus is the parking capacity. Francis says the old theater and adjacent office building boast 75 parking spaces. As for the office building, Francis hopes to spruce it up as well and return it to full occupancy.

The theater on the corner of Stone and Main streets dates back to 1946. According to Hildamae Waltz Bowman’s ‘Almont: The Tale of Then and Now,’ Stanley and Ernest Tesluck of Yale purchased a building that was on the lot from Art Placeway Cleaners in 1946. They razed the building and replaced it with the Almont Theater. The Teslucks operated the theater from October of 1946 until 1955, when they sold it to Pete Dubovenko of Yale. Dubovenko’s daughter was in charge of the theater until 1983, when it was sold to James Henderson.

“The Almont Theater was the most up-to-date theater in the county,” Hildamae Waltz Bowman writes. “It was well attended for several years, but when other movie houses were built nearby, competition became too great, and attendance began to fall off. When it closed, it ended an important era in Almont’s history.”

Call Steve Francis at (810) 798-3064 to learn more about the theater and its possibilities.

Editor’s note: A special thank you to James Wade Sr., President of the Almont Historical Society, for providing historic information for this story.

Beatles release new video, remixed White Album

Beatles release new video, remixed White Album

FILE - This Feb. 28, 1968 file photo shows The Beatles, from left, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. The Beatles have released a new music video on Apple Music for their 1968 song, “Glass Onion.” The video was released Tuesday and features rare photos and performance footage. The song appeared on their self-titled ninth album, often referred to as the “White Album,” which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. (AP Photo, File)

FILE – This Feb. 28, 1968 file photo shows The Beatles, from left, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. The Beatles have released a new music video on Apple Music for their 1968 song, “Glass Onion.” The video was released Tuesday and features rare photos and performance footage. The song appeared on their self-titled ninth album, often referred to as the “White Album,” which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. (AP Photo, File)

Beatles release new video for ‘Glass Onion’ on Apple Music

Tuesday, October 30

NEW YORK (AP) — The Beatles have released a new music video on Apple Music for their 1968 song, “Glass Onion.”

The video was released Tuesday and features rare photos and performance footage. The song appeared on their self-titled ninth album, often referred to as the “White Album,” which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

The Beatles will re-release the “White Album” on Nov. 9, featuring 30 tracks newly mixed by Giles Martin, the son of longtime Beatles producer George Martin.

The repackaging also includes 27 acoustic demos of material the Beatles made at George Harrison’s house before recording sessions began, as well as 50 studio outtakes.

“Glass Onion” music video:

The Conversation

Why has Halloween become so popular among adults?

October 26, 2018

Author: Linus Owens, Associate Professor of Sociology, Middlebury College

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Halloween used to be kid stuff. To quit dressing up was an important rite of passage. It meant you were one step closer to becoming an adult.

Not anymore. Today adults have become avid Halloween revelers, especially young adults.

By 2005, just over half of adults celebrated Halloween. Today, that number has grown to over 70 percent. Those between 18 and 34 years old participate at the highest rate, and they’re also the holiday’s biggest spenders, shelling out over twice as much on their costumes as older adults and children.

Halloween celebrations have changed, too: less trick-or-treating and more parties and bar hopping. Today, alcohol is as important as candy to the Halloween economy.

Why has this been happening?

Some blame it on millennials’ refusal to grow up and enter the “real world.”

But that’s too simplistic of an explanation. I’ve been studying how young adults are celebrating Halloween, and what sort of relationship this might have to the changing norms and expectations of adulthood.

Young adults’ embrace of Halloween could have something to do with the fact that adulthood itself has changed.

If Halloween has become more popular among adults, it’s because traditional markers of adulthood have become less clear and less attainable.

Halloween’s shifting meaning

Sociologists tell us if you want to understand a culture, look at its holidays. Christmas gift-giving rituals shed light on how we manage social relationships. Thanksgiving feasts depend on shared understandings of family and national origin stories.

Halloween, with its emphasis on identity, horror and transgression, can tell us about who we want to be and what we fear becoming.

Historian Nicholas Rogers has argued that many of the trends and rituals of the holiday are actually tied to conflicting social values.

For example, urban legends about razor blades in apples in the 1970s reflected cultural anxieties about loss of community and fear of strangers. More recently, debates about skimpy costumes tap into broader concerns about young girls growing up too quickly.

Halloween has also been a holiday embraced by those who were not full members of society. More than a century ago, Irish immigrants, who brought their Halloween traditions with them to America, used the celebration to strengthen community ties.

Initially, their Halloween traditions set them apart. But as they assimilated, they spread the holiday to the rest of the country. By the 1950s, it had become a night for children. Later, gays and lesbians carved out Halloween as a space where their differences could be celebrated not stigmatized.

The ‘emerging adult’ and the space between

Today’s young adults, it could be argued, are living in a sort of purgatory.

Traditional markers of adult responsibility and independence – family, career, home ownership – have either been delayed or abandoned altogether, by choice or necessity. Transitions to adulthood have become uncertain, drawn out and complicated.

In recent years, psychologists and sociologists have coined a term for this transitional life stage, which usually spans someone’s 20s and 30s: “emerging adulthood.”

According to these experts, features of emerging adulthood can include identity exploration, focus on the self and a feeling of being caught between two worlds. There’s also a sense of wonder and possibility.

Others have a less rosy view of emerging adulthood, describing it as a time of fear and anxiety about an unknowable future.

Millennial monsters

So why might an emerging adult be drawn to Halloween?

Most obviously, Halloween costumes let them experiment and explore self and identity. The possibilities are endless. Witch? Robot couple? Sexy Robot? Emoji? Banksy’s shredded art?

Young adults I’ve spoken with often identify this as their favorite part of the holiday – the chance to be, at least for a night, whatever they wish to be.

Costumes are identity work, but they are also just plain work. That matters in a world in which many young adults are stuck in unfulfilling jobs.

Cultural critic Malcolm Harris argues that young adults – despite being highly educated and hardworking compared to older cohorts – rarely find jobs matching their credentials and abilities.

During Halloween, hard work and creative thinking matter. For example, costume contests, in bars or online, provide opportunities for people to construct costumes that meld humorous or timely cultural references with craft skills. You can do more than simply participate in Halloween; you can “win it” with the best costume.

And young adults don’t do it alone. Some have told me that they’ll test out different costumes on social media to see which gets the best response. Others will look to others online for inspiration.

In this way, Halloween meshes with modern networked culture, in which young adults are using social media to navigate the world and make choices. Sociologists have found that many young adults build “collaborative selves” by continuously looking to others online to reinforce and evaluate their identities.

Halloween has always promised the chance to be creative and to become something else.

But in embracing the holiday, emerging adults are doing more than reject traditional adulthood. They’re playing with identity in a way that puts their skills and cultural competence to work. They’re defining new ways to be – and become – an adult. And in the process, they’ve changed the way Halloween is celebrated.

Ohio Wesleyan Professor Sean Kay Issues Expanded Edition of ‘Rockin’ the Free World!’

DELAWARE, Ohio – Can rock and roll music make America great again? Ohio Wesleyan University professor Sean Kay explores this question in the soon-to-be-released, updated and expanded paperback edition of his book, “Rockin’ the Free World! How the Rock & Roll Revolution Changed America and the World.”

For the paperback edition, Kay, Ph.D., updated the entire book and added the afterword exploring the potential impact of rock music since the election of President Donald Trump in November 2016. The paperback edition will be released Nov. 7 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

“If the question is ‘Can rock and roll make America great again?’ that is easily answered,” proclaims Kay, an expert in global security. “Rock and roll was a fundamental element of what made America great in the first place because it linked individuals to each other and amplified core American values. But the values that rock and roll reflected gained their content and strength from the people. Most of the time, most people figure out ways to get along and find creative and innovative solutions to challenges. Sometimes that can begin with a song.”

Recent examples of the power of music, Kay states, include the aftermath of the February shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 students and staff and wounded 17 others.

“When serious crises demand it,” Kay notes, “the rock and roll ethic can shine—as it did in 2018, when student victims of a school mass shooting in Florida performed an original song for their community: ‘We’re not going to let you win, we’re putting up a fight. You may have brought the dark. But together we will shine the light.’ The rock and roll ethic was strong in these young leaders.”

In the body of “Rockin’ the Free World!” Kay explores how music has influenced issues ranging from racial justice and gender equality to political revolution and anti-war activism.

The book “takes readers inside ‘Bob Dylan’s America’ and shows how this vision linked the rock and roll revolution to American values of freedom, equality, human rights, and peace while tracing how those values have spread globally,” states publisher Rowman & Littlefield. “ ‘Rockin’ the Free World’ then shows how artists have engaged in advancing change via opportunity and education; domestic and international issue advocacy; and within the recording and broader communications industry.”

The book includes interviews with musicians, industry insiders, journalists, and activists including two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Graham Nash, recognized by the hall as a member of both Crosby, Stills and Nash and the Hollies.

“I have children. I have grandchildren,” Nash told Kay. “I’ve got to remain positive. I’ve got to think that I can help make the world a better place for myself and my family and my friends. Everything starts inside, doesn’t it? How far can the ripples go once you throw that stone into the pool.”

Cameron Sears, former manager of the Grateful Dead, also shared thoughts on rock music’s impact on society.

“You can get kind of philosophical about it,” said Sears, who now directs a nonprofit organization dedicated to building stronger communities, “but when you look at the intersection of what society was going through – music, alternative viewpoints, social change, environmental awareness – I mean what did Rachel Carson and the Grateful Dead have in common? More than you might think.”

Serj Tankian, lead vocalist for System of a Down, told Kay that it’s important to remain optimistic.

“Ultimately, you can call things as they are – be they realpolitik, realist, and whatnot – and, in the end, depress everyone to death,” Tankian said. “But without telling them, ‘Look, this is a choice’ – that’s very important – giving them the optimism to make that choice and saying that, ‘…it doesn’t have to be this way: War is Over!’ ”

Kay adds in his afterword, “The Beatles ended one of the greatest rock and roll records ever—Abbey Road—with this line: ‘And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.’ Rock and roll has the ability to advance progress on freedom, equality, human rights, and peace. … It was a simple message that the Beatles offered, but sometimes the simplest message is the most powerful. If it is true that, in the end, love trumps hate and fear, then certainly all you need is love.”

At Ohio Wesleyan, Kay has been a member of the Department of Politics and Government since 1999. He also directs OWU’s International Studies Program and is an associate of the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at The Ohio State University. Kay earned his doctorate in international relations from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

His other books include “NATO and the Future of European Security”; “Celtic Revival: The Rise, Fall, and Renewal of Global Ireland”; “America’s Search for Security: The Triumph of Idealism and the Return of Realism”; and “Global Security in the Twenty-first Century: The Quest for Power and the Search for Peace.”

Learn more about Kay and his background at Read more about “Rockin’ the Free World! How the Rock & Roll Revolution Changed America and the World,” at

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 25 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at

Palace Theatre to Reopen November 2 After Complete Auditorium Renovation

CAPA Continues $6.5 Million Capital Campaign to Fund Remaining Renovations Needed in Palace Lobby

Proudly listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 92-year-old Palace Theatre has received a full facelift of its 2,691-seat auditorium. The first major renovation for the Palace since 1984, the six-month, main-hall makeover included the repair of damaged plaster, new paint in a new color scheme, all-new seats on the main floor, full refurbishment of balcony seats, and installation of a new LED house lighting system in the dome and main chandelier. The first public performance in the fully renovated auditorium will be Grammy-nominated comedian Jim Gaffigan on Friday, November 2.

The auditorium rehab is part of an ongoing $6.5 million capital campaign to fund a full renovation of the Palace Theatre. In addition to the recently completed auditorium work, the campaign has also funded installation of a high-efficiency heating system and new roof. CAPA will continue its fundraising efforts to finance the remaining renovations needed in the lobby spaces, including replacement of the front entry doors, enhanced security, and repair and remodeling of the mezzanine-level men’s restrooms and concessions area.

“We are thrilled to reveal the stunning transformation of the Palace Theatre’s magnificent auditorium and know that Columbus audiences will agree she once again portrays the royal splendor after which she was designed and named,” stated CAPA President and CEO Chad Whittington. “It’s important to realize that the work is not yet done at the Palace, and CAPA is working diligently to complete the capital campaign to fund the remaining repairs and renovations needed in the lobby. We invite the Columbus community to rally with us and donate to the campaign at”

Scope of Work

After a two-week installation of an elaborate scaffolding system that allowed artisans direct access to the Palace’s 60-foot-high ceilings, the intricate plaster work was cleaned and repaired. After the plaster was properly cured, the ceiling and walls were painted with a new color scheme that blends historical references and fresh, new colors in a striking combination that maximizes its visual impact and highlights the stunning, decorative plaster work. The large arches lining the walls of the auditorium were inlaid with a complimentary damask-patterned wall covering, restoring the pattern and color from its original design.

In the largest arches above the upper boxes, luxurious, red drapes were installed that closely resemble the drapes that once hung in that space. All other existing drapery was cleaned and rehung, including the stage curtain.

All-new seats were installed on the main floor, and balcony seats were cleaned and refurbished with all-new cushioning, springs, and upholstery that matches the main-floor seats.

All 70 light fixtures were taken down and disassembled for cleaning and refurbishment, including the grand chandelier. During the meticulous reassembly process, more than 1,200 light bulbs were replaced, and 100,000 crystals were polished.

Further, a new LED house lighting system was installed in the dome and main chandelier that offers increased control over color temperature and dimming functions while creating a 90% reduction in power consumption. Over time, the new lighting technology will be phased into the remaining lighting fixtures in the auditorium.

In addition, 14 sets of emergency exit doors were restored.

About the Palace Theatre

Architect Thomas Lamb designed both the Palace Theatre (which opened in 1926) and the Ohio Theatre (which opened in 1928). His design for the Palace Theatre was inspired by France’s magnificent Palais de Versailles, the royal manor house of King Louis XIV, and was constructed at a cost of $3 million ($43 million in today’s dollars). The “Keith-Albee Palace” was built for vaudeville, a popular “variety show” form of entertainment that offered multiple, unrelated acts grouped together on one bill. A vaudeville show could include musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, animal acts, magicians, strongmen, acrobats, jugglers, and much more. Due to the need for performers to be heard without amplification, exceptional care was paid to acoustics as the Palace was being designed and constructed.

In 1930, the Palace became known as the “RKO Palace” (Radio-Keith-Orpheum), and began showing movies as well as hosting live entertainment. During the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s, it was Columbus’ most active live-show theatre with performances from the biggest names in entertainment including Bing Crosby, Lucille Ball, Nat “King” Cole, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Jackie Gleason, Jack Benny, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Burns and Allen, Ella Fitzgerald, Glenn Miller, Gypsy Rose Lee, Cab Calloway, and Mae West (who broke box office records with her performance).

In 1973, the Palace was purchased by Frederick W. LeVeque who had plans to incorporate a hotel, but he tragically died in 1975. In 1978, his widow Katherine LeVeque announced she would save and restore the Palace and invested millions in renovation and improvements. As such, the Palace was closed during much of the ‘70s.

On February 4, 1980, the Palace Theatre held a grand reopening celebration with a concert by The Osmond Family starring Donny and Marie and continued to host concerts and Broadway shows throughout the 1980s.

In 1989, Mrs. LeVeque gifted the Palace Theatre to CAPA. Already stewarding downtown’s historic Ohio Theatre since 1969, CAPA was honored to add the beloved Palace Theatre to the family, assuming responsibility for its everyday care and creating a strategy for a successful future.

Today, the Palace has become one of Columbus’ most active and frequently visited entertainment venues, hosting an average of 100 performances for 150,000 people each year. The Palace has brought some of the biggest names in entertainment to Columbus, including such performers as B.B. King, Jon Stewart, Bonnie Raitt, Jay Leno, Peter, Paul and Mary, Etta James, Robin Williams, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah McLachlan, John Mellencamp, Frankie Valli, and many, many more. Many Broadway in Columbus performances are held at the Palace Theatre as well, including engagements of such smash-hit musicals as Dreamgirls, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Green Day’s American Idiot, and most recently, the Columbus stage debut of NFL legend, OSU superstar, and Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George in CHICAGO.

About CAPA

Owner/operator of downtown Columbus’ magnificent historic theatres (Ohio Theatre, Palace Theatre, Southern Theatre) and manager of the Riffe Center Theatre Complex, Lincoln Theatre, Drexel Theatre, Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts (New Albany, OH), and the Shubert Theater (New Haven, CT), CAPA is a non-profit, award-winning presenter of national and international performing arts and entertainment. For more information, visit

Main Street Delaware Earns Award for Home for the Holidays Weekend

Cleveland, OH – Heritage Ohio presented the Best Main Street Committee Project award to Main Street Delaware at Heritage Ohio’s Annual Preservation and Revitalization Awards Ceremony held Oct. 23 at the historic Allen Theater in downtown Cleveland.

After a year of planning, Main Street Delaware debuted “Home for the Holidays Weekend” in 2017, a three-day weekend highlighted by a holiday parade, Christmas Tree lighting, carriage rides, merchant open house, “Dash for Dasher” scavenger hunt, Santa House, and more.

Heritage Ohio created the Best Main Street Committee Project award to celebrate committee projects conducted by Ohio Main Street Programs that excelled in bringing local residents to their downtown areas and facilitating community engagement. Heritage Ohio’s independent award selection committee was quick to recognize Main Street Delaware’s success.

“Many Main Street projects were considered,” said Joyce Barrett, executive director of Heritage Ohio, “and we are happy to recognize such a comprehensive project that brought joy to participants and effectively stimulated the downtown economy.”

Susie Bibler, Main Street Delaware’s executive director, said the organization is pleased to be establishing another family tradition that showcases the vitality of the historic downtown.

“This year’s second annual Home for the Holidays Weekend promises to be just as much fun for everyone,” Bibler said. “We can’t wait to welcome everyone downtown for the three-day celebration November 30 through December 2. Mark your calendars now and plan to join us!”

About Heritage Ohio:

As Ohio’s official historic preservation and Main Street organization, Heritage Ohio fosters economic development and sustainability through preservation of historic buildings, revitalization of downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts, and promotion of local tourism. Learn more by visiting

About Main Street Delaware:

Main Street Delaware is a 501(c)(3) member-supported organization that seeks to preserve and promote historic downtown Delaware. Main Street Delaware coordinates the First Friday celebrations, downtown Farmers’ Markets, Home for the Holidays weekend, and more. Main Street Delaware is an accredited Ohio Main Street Community. For additional information, contact Susie Bibler, executive director, at 740-362-6050 or [email protected] Learn more at or

Upcoming performances from the Otterbein Department of Music

Monday, October 29, 2018

Guest Artists from Null Point to Perform at Otterbein

Westerville, OH— Otterbein’s new music ensemble Red Noise, under the direction of Linda Kernohan, will present a concert with special guests Colin Tucker and Megan Kyle from the artist collective Null Point at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, in Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park Street. This event is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature two movements of David Dunn’s PLACE, a site-specific sound work from 1975. The work blurs distinctions between musical and environmental sound, and guests will be invited out of Riley Auditorium into the lobby for the performance of the piece.

Null Point is an initiative for experimental music and sound art in Buffalo, NY, founded in 2014. A flexible collective of artists working at junctures between music composition, sound art, performance, media art, and social practice, Null Point focuses on context-sensitive, embodied, participatory, and durational work by institutionally and socially marginalized artists.

More information about the Otterbein University Department of Music and its concert schedule can be found at For more information about this event, visit

Women in Music-Columbus to Host Concert in Riley Auditorium

Westerville, OH—Women in Music-Columbus will present the second concert of their 137th season at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park Street. This event is free and open to the public.

More information about the Otterbein University Department of Music and its concert schedule can be found at More information about Women in Music Columbus can be found at

For more information about this event, visit the Department of Music Facebook page at

FILE – This Feb. 28, 1968 file photo shows The Beatles, from left, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. The Beatles have released a new music video on Apple Music for their 1968 song, “Glass Onion.” The video was released Tuesday and features rare photos and performance footage. The song appeared on their self-titled ninth album, often referred to as the “White Album,” which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. (AP Photo, File)

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Children in Need event in Lincoln will feature on the live BBC show – screened across the nation

Children in Need event in Lincoln will feature on the live BBC show – screened across the nation

New Theatre Royal in Lincoln is to host a Children in Need event which will be beamed live across the country during the official BBC show on November 16.

Throughout the evening there will be three live link ups to a regional show and one national link up with the Appeal Show televised live on BBC One and watched by millions.

The national link up will feature a children’s choir made up of local school children.

Natalie Hayes Cowley artistic director of the theatre said: “This is a landmark event in the theatre’s busy schedule.

“We are thrilled to support BBC Children in Need and we are very grateful for the opportunity. The theatre is developing rapidly due to the public support and it’s so good to give something back – it really will be a fun packed and exciting evening.”

A community variety show is being put on in Skegness for BBC Children in Need
The famous Pudsey

More than a hundred children from five primary schools across Lincoln will be taking part in the special live choir performance with children across the country, live on national television.

Those in the audience on the night, will be in for an full evening of entertainment – with 100% of proceeds going to BBC Children in Need.

Everyone can look forward to lots of audience participation and appearances by familiar faces.

Presenters from BBC Radio Lincolnshire including Melvyn Prior and Sue Taylor will be split into teams to perform in lip sync battles, which will be judged by a panel of celebrities. Songs from the likes of Dolly Parton, Back Street Boys and Chesney Hawkes will be performed.

The panel of judges will include the New Theatre Royal’s pantomime star Barney Harwood of Blue Peter and CBBC.

Getting ready for this year’s panto at the New Theatre Royal Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Pictured is children’s presenter Barney Harwood from Prank Patrol who is playing the Huntsman and Snow White being played by Sophie Gaudie.

Melvyn Prior, said: “We are all really looking forward to the lip sync battle and showing off our dance moves.

“BBC Children in Need does amazing work in Lincolnshire and is something BBC Radio Lincolnshire loves to get behind and fully support. I know the other presenters are extremely excited for the show and looking forward to contributing to such a brilliant cause.”

The night will also include performances from local artists including county-based magician Lewis Daniels.

Across Lincolnshire, BBC Children in Need currently funds 19 projects totalling £1.1million.

Amelia Chambers, a manager at the theatre, explains how the venue got involved: “Our business development manager Emma Olivier-Townrow met with Charlie Partridge of BBC Radio Lincolnshire early last year.

“Emma encouraged a visit to the theatre and explained our mission to restore the theatre to its former glory and she also made a gentle plea to host the Children in Need show.

“In January this year the BBC made contact and the planning began. After several site visits, careful planning meetings and the support of other local businesses we were all set.”

BBC Children in Need will be back for its 39th Appeal Show on Friday, November 16 on BBC One from 7pm.

BBC Children in Need at New Theatre Royal Lincoln on Friday, November 16, 7pm. Tickets: £6/£5. Box office: 01522 519999.

El Santo: Mexican luchador’s movie restored, to show in El Paso

El Santo: Mexican luchador’s movie restored, to show in El Paso

Famed masked luchador El Santo has long held a firm place in the heart and soul of Mexico. Born Rudolfo Guzmán Huerta, El Santo is a legend of the ring – an icon, the greatest, most popular Mexican wrestler of all time.

He was a celebrated movie star, comic book character and a most-coveted action figure who still pops up in today’s popular culture: He made a cameo in the 2017 Disney Pixar movie, “Coco.”

But he’s so much more.

El Santo, or The Saint, is a folk hero. He was a champion for the common man and, by the same turn, a unifier of all – young and old, rich and poor, man and woman. He was the real People’s Champ.

Born in Tulancingo, Hidalgo, Mexico, in 1917, El Santo wrestled for nearly five decades.

He retired years before anyone caught so much as a whiff of what The Rock was cooking.

El Santo died in February 1984 – a week after taking off his mask for a TV audience for the first time. He was buried wearing the iconic mask.

The masked hero always returns, however, and is on his way back to the big screen in El Paso.

In all his silver-masked glory, El Santo will be the highlight of Cine Fantastico at the Plaza Theatre Thursday, Nov. 1. The free event will feature a screening of a newly restored copy of his big-screen debut, “Santo Contra Cerebro del Mal.”

Cine Fantastico also will celebrate the Mexican family with border ties that put him on the big screen, and will serve as the launch of the Permanencia Voluntaria Film Fund, a collaboration between the Paso del Norte Foundation and Mexico’s Permanencia Voluntaria Archive to fund the restoration of more classic Mexican films.

Family ties

Viviana García Besné is the director of the Permanencia Voluntaria Archive, an organization dedicated to restoring and preserving Mexico’s film history.

Her family’s legacy has deep roots in Mexican cinema. Three of her great-uncles were theater owners who became filmmakers: Pedro A. Calderon, Jose Luis Calderon and Guillermo Calderon. Her grandfather, Jorge García Besné, produced El Santo’s first forays on the big screen.

“My family started early in the theater business,” said García Besné. “In 1904, they worked for the railroad in St. Louis. At the World’s Fair, they saw the magic of film projection for the first time and they fell totally in love.”

It wasn’t long before García Besné’s ancestors purchased their first theater in Chihuahua. They eventually owned 35 movie theaters, including six in El Paso.

But it’s not only her family’s legacy that led García Besné to create the Permanencia Vountaria. The film archive holds more than 300 neglected Mexican films, some of which suffered damage in the 2016 earthquake in Mexico City.

She was guided by her passion for movies.

“All of my family’s theaters opened their doors to people who didn’t feel welcome at other theaters in El Paso,” García Besné said.

At the time, many movie theaters, including The Plaza Theatre, were segregated.

From ring to screen

When García Besné’s grandfather decided he wanted to produce movies of his own, he didn’t have the budget to create the Hollywood-style monster- and sci-fi movies that inspired him.

So he found the next best thing. A real-life superhero: El Santo.

“My grandfather liked sports and he was friends with many wrestlers, including El Santo,” García Besné said.

El Santo would go on to star in more than 50 movies, reinvigorating his career and launching him into a pop culture icon in Mexico. García Besné’s grandfather produced El Santo’s first two movies, “Santo Contra el Cerebro del Mal” and “Santo Contra Hombres Infernales,” simultaneously, in Cuba. Her family’s company, Producciones Calderon, made about 12 movies featuring El Santo.

“It was a great friendship,” García Besné said. “The movies catapulted him to a unique fame that no one had ever seen before. He became a flesh and bone hero, who was able to fight against everything that the writers and producers could think of – woman vampires, Dracula, the Wolfman, aliens, corruption, drug dealers.”

And, more importantly, she said, his movies brought people together.

“These movies entertained all types of people; adults, children, parents, grandparents, poor, rich,” García Besné said. “Everyone got together in a theater to enjoy these movies, not only in Mexico. They crossed borders to the U.S. and were shown in Turkey and Japan.”

Preserving history

Through her efforts to preserve her family’s and other popular Mexican films, and her ties to the border, García Besné met El Paso film historian and former Plaza Classic Film Festival director Charles Horak.

Horak was very supportive of her efforts to restore and preserve these films, she said. It was his idea to set up a fund through the Paso del Norte Foundation, so other El Paso movie fans could contribute to those efforts.

“We’d like to restore a movie every year and premiere it in El Paso so people can feel proud that they are helping preserve that heritage,” she said.

Part of the reason that funding these film’s restoration is so hard, is that they aren’t necessarily critically acclaimed.

Nevertheless, García Besné said, they are an important part of Mexican culture and film history.

“We should recognize the value of these movies and restore them, preserve them for future generations to enjoy,” she said. “Classic Mexican cinema has the capacity to unite people in one theater, enjoying the same movie.”

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