Tower Twin Theater closing

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer It’s curtains today for the Tower Twin Theatre. After years of entertaining Portales residents, the city’s only movie theater is closing its doors due to cooling troubles. Russell Allen, vice president of operations for Allen Theatres and Tower owner, said the air conditioning system just stopped working. “Replacement cost […]

March 20, 1982

Academy Award-nominated “Reds,” starring Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton, and “Great White” were showing at the Tower Theater.

Nov. 8, 1967

Rogers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” was playing at the Tower theater, the “Show Palace of Portales” according to the ad in the Portales News Tribune.

Aug. 28, 1975

White Line Fever, starring Jan-Michael Vincent, was showing at the Tower Theater.

Feb. 22, 1963

• “Tara Bulba” was playing at the Tower Theater and starred Tony Curtis and Yul Brynner. • “The Fastest Gun Alive” was playing at the Tower Theater and starred Glenn Ford.

Feb. 20, 1963

Walt Disney’s “Moon Pilot” was playing at the Tower Theater and starred Tom Tryon and Brian Keith.

Nov. 27, 1960

• Gamble’s was advertising a “Johnny Ringo Set” including to “fast-drawing six-shooters with leather holster and 12 bullets for $2.99 in a Christmas toy ad. • The Tower Theater was showing “I Aim At the Stars, The Werner Von Braun Story.” • The Monday special at Mac’s Drive In was a bacon burger with combination […]

11-20-07 It’s their job

Name: Michelle Goodwin Job: General manager, Tower Twin Theater Time on the job: Since June 2005 Background: Before starting work at the theater, Goodwin worked at Garvey Processing as a data clerk and scale house operator. Q. Describe what your job entails. A. Operate the movies, sell tickets, sell concessions, set up special movies for […]

First amendment not just issue for media outlets

Editorial Journalists get passionate about the First Amendment, mainly because it helps shield the press against those who attempt to silence it. Because such attacks are becoming more frequent, thanks in large part to the Bush administration, most news coverage of the First Amendment revolves around the media. But the First Amendment doesn’t just protect […]

CHS students take to stage with production of “The Elephant Man”

By Jennifer Laurent: Freedom Newspapers Equipped with professionally-created special effects, and a crew of approximately 30 determined drama students, the theater department of Clovis High School will present “The Elephant Man” Nov. 7-9 at the Lyceum Theatre. Widely known as the elephant man in the 1800s, John Merrick was stricken with a disease believed by […]

Oct. 31, 1951

• Tommy and Brooks’ Foodmarket advertised biscuits two cans for 25 cents, eggs 49 cents a dozen and sausage three pounds for $1. • Humphrey Bogart starred in “The Enforcer” at the Tower theater and “Molly” starring Gertrude Berg and Peter Hanson was showing at the Yam theater. As a bonus, the Tower was showing […]

Oct. 23, 1970

• Seven members of the Elida Chapter 25 Order of Eastern Star attended the Pathway of Beauty session of the Grand Chapter. The event was held in the new Masonic Temple in Albuquerque. • “My Side of the Mountain” starring Teddy Eccles and Theodore Bickel was showing at the Varsity Drive In Theater. Adult tickets sold […]

Movie theaters bring out worst in people

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I learned from an early age that every story worth telling needs a beginning, a conflict and an end. Now, the story of my summers. There’s the beginning, when I’m talking with my dad about all of the movies I want to see. There’s the end, where I’m instead making […]

History comes to life

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Speaker Van Ann Moore brought to life Carrie Wooster Tingley and Katherine Kennedy O’Conner to the delight of the audience during the seventh annual Women’s History Brunch and Exhibit on Friday at the Portales Public Library. Moore described the contributions and accomplishments of Tingley and O’Conner during the 1920s and […]

Portales prepares for movie premiere

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Excitement is building for Elida residents Ronald and Glenda Anthony as they prepare to watch the debut of “Believe in Me” tonight at the Tower Twin Theater. Ronald Anthony co-owns a 1947 Chevy and a 1956 Chevy used in the movie about an Oklahoma girls basketball team shot in […]

Area theater gives taste of stage life

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer I’ve never had formal acting lessons, but as a child I did spend some time on the stage in our north Portales community theater called Teatro de la Comunidad de los Niños. We were the junior version of the high school group, Teatro de la Comunidad, which featured a […]

Day Trip: Classic theater hosts holiday performances

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Nestled in the Depot District of Lubbock is the Cactus Theater. Starting life in 1938 as a motion picture theater, the facility was remodeled in 1993 and has since become a performance theater. “We now do live musical productions and plays,” said Tasha Starkey, Don Caldwell Productions administrative director. […]

‘Pirates’ movie brings Tower first sellout in years

Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer The Tower Twin Theatre set a new house record last Friday by selling out the 6:30 p.m. showing of “Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest.” Theater Manager Michelle Goodwind said the theater hasn’t sold out a showing since the current owner, Larry Allen, bought the business in the […]

ENMU theater spreads wings with all-local play

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By Jesse Wolfersberger, Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University professor Janeice Scarbrough said teaching playwriting is great, but it does not compare to sitting down and writing one yourself. “I made it my goal to make time to write a play this year,” she said. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Scarbrough wrote […]

Dickens comes to PHS

By William P. Thompson A slice of Victorian London comes to Portales this week when students from Portales schools take to the stage in a production of the musical “Oliver!” based on the Charles Dickens classic “Oliver Twist.” It’s a Portales High School performing arts department production, but the department’s director, Bob Strong, said he […]