Mrs. Portales applicant sought

Freedom New Mexico The Mrs. New Mexico Pageant is seeking applicants for the title of Mrs. Portales, according to Executive State Director Sheree Lynch. Once selected, the candidate will advance to represent her community in the 2012 Mrs. New Mexico Pageant on Feb. 4, 2012, at the Rodey Theatre in Albuquerque. Local title holders will […]

Sept. 14 — ENMU briefs

ENMU graduate honored The New York Innovative Theatre Awards will honor 1955-58 Eastern New Mexico University drama major Robert Patrick O’Connor (who writes under the name Robert Patrick) with the 2011 Artistic Achievement Award on Sept. 19. Since 1964, Patrick has had thousands of productions and dozens of plays, including “Kennedy’s Children.” In 1976, he […]

Yam Theatre to host music series

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Alisa Boswell New entertainment is coming to Portales in the form of a new music series at the YamTheatre. The Yam Music Series will include a band performance at the theater once a month with the series beginning Sept. 20 and running through March. According to Sandy Van Der Veen, promotions coordinator for the Roosevelt […]

Press release: Southwest Premiere of Bless Me, Ultima Coming To Clovis

New Mexico’s beloved novel, Bless Me, Ultima, by Santa Rosa native and acclaimed Chicano writer, Rudolfo Anaya, comes to the stage at Marshall Auditorium, Saturday, October 23, 7p.m. in its southwest premiere. Adapted by Mr. Anaya in collaboration with Albuquerque’s Vortex Theatre and the National Hispanic Cultural Center, this is the second performance of the […]

Portales Past: May 21, 1955

May 21, 1955: The Varsity Drive-In Theatre on the Roswell highway, where there was “always a double feature,” was showing “Where’s Charley” and “San Francisco Story.” Admission for adults was 50 cents. Children were allowed in for free.

Portales Past: May 13, 1950

May 13, 1950: The Tower Theatre showed the controversial “Not Wanted,” an independent film about unwed motherhood. A promotional ad claimed it was “life itself” and reported the message would “lift you into the clouds.”

Portales Past: May 8, 1960

May 8, 1960: The Tower Theatre was showing “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies,” starring Doris Day and David Niven. “It’s all about love and marriage — and how to mix the two,” according to the promotional ad.

Jan. 25 ENMU Briefs

Steinbeck Chautauqua performance set A Chautauqua performance of John Steinbeck is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 4 in the ENMU University Theatre Center. The Nobel-Prize winning author of such novels as “The Grapes of Wrath” and “Of Mice and Men” will be portrayed by professor Noel H. Pugach of the University of New Mexico. The […]

Ticket feature: Dance company anniversary tour stops in Clovis

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Freedom New Mexico The Lula Washington Dance Theatre is kicking off its 30th anniversary national tour in New Mexico this month and will be making a stop in Clovis. The company performs 7 p.m. Saturday at Marshall Auditorium. The contemporary modern dance company’s 17-theater national tour started traveling New Mexico Oct. 15 and will continue […]

Oct. 30, 1970

According to the Portales News-Tribune, on Saturday, October 30, a special Halloween Matinee would be held at the Tower Theatre for the children. “King Kong Escapes” would be shown and if people appeared in costume, they might go home with a prize for best costume. All seats were 50 cents, and show time was 1:30 […]

May 13, 1979

Walt Disney’s “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” was showing at the Tower Twin Theatre

April 23, 1958

“Slaughter on 10th Ave.,” starring Richard Egan, Jan Sterling, Dan Duryea, Charles McGraw and Sam Levene was showing at the Tower Theatre.

April 15, 1979

“Superman the Movie,” with Christopher Reeve playing the caped superhero, and “Take Down,” starring Edward Herrmann and Kathleen Lloyd, were showing at the Tower Theatre.

April 6, 1955

A class in audio-visual education at Eastern New Mexico University, in connection with their study of film projectors, visited the Tower Theatre, where a demonstration of the equipment was presented for the students by B.J. Edwards, the theatre manager. The visit was part of a project created by Joyce Foster and Edna Walker, both of […]

March 6, 1955

“Broken Lance,” starring Spencer Tracy, Robert Wagner, Jean Peters, Richard Widmark and Katy Jurado was showing with the new “CinemaScope” at the Tower Theatre.

Feb. 11, 1962

“Ben Hur” the movie opened at the Tower Theatre as the Portales News-Tribune ran a photo from the film with the statement, “One of the great thrill scenes of the spectacular chariot race… shows Charlton Heston clinging to his chariot.”

Jan. 17, 1951

Jan. 6, 1957

“Written on the Wind,” starring Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone, was playing at the Tower Theatre.

Nov. 23, 1952

“Bonzo Goes to College,” starring Maureen O’Sullivan and Edmund Gwenn, was playing at the Tower Theatre.

Oct. 28, 1962

Samuel Bronston’s “King of Kings” opened at the Tower Theatre. The film “thunders with the triumph of right over might!” declared the ad.