Film festival opens today in revamped Palace Theater

It's been decades since the Palace Theater showed movies. Photo by Kathryn Jones/GR Current

It’s been decades since the Palace Theater downtown showed movies. Photo by Kathryn Jones/GR Current

By Kathryn Jones


Hollywood meets Glen Rose today through Saturday when the non-profit Neo-Relix Film Festival screens a packed schedule of films you likely won’t see at commercial movie houses.

The exceptions are the two free films being shown today. A 4 p.m. matinee of Steven Spielberg’s ever-popular “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” the 1982 science fiction journey of magic and adventure, aims to attract kids and adults alike.

At 7 p.m. tonight, the festival will feature “Tombstone,” the 1993 Western starring Powers Boothe, Dana Delany, Sam Elliott, Val Kilmer, Bill Paxton and Kurt Russell. It’s based on events related to the famous O.K. Corral gunfight and Wyatt Earp vendetta.

Both films will be shown in the old Palace Theater on Barnard Street. It’s been vacant since retailer Audrey Caylor moved her Caylor Creek Boutique out of the space.

The shop’s scarlet-colored walls and chandelier will stay, and volunteers have transformed the space into the feel of a movie theatre once again, with rows of red theater seats – including some from the original movie house – and red velvet curtains.

Festival director Darrell Best said “E.T.” was one of the last films the theater showed, judging from its published advertisement for the film in February 1982.

Film festival awards known as "Rellies" wait to be handed out Saturday night. Photo by Kathryn Jones/GR Current

Film festival awards known as “Rellies” wait to be handed out Saturday night. Photo by Kathryn Jones/GR Current

On Friday and Saturday the work of independent filmmakers will be screened in the Palace and the United Methodist Church’s fellowship hall.

The festival schedule includes more than 30 films, half of them from Texas and the rest from elsewhere in the United States and Argentina, Canada, China, France, Great Britain and Spain. They fall into five film categories – science fiction, horror, children’s, faith-based or general.

Screenings run from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. See the schedule below.

They include Friday night’s movie, “Hiding in Plain Sight” at 8 p.m. at the Palace. It also will repeat on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Methodist church.

The film was shot in Dallas and is about a family struggling with job loss in the weak economy, becoming homeless and living out of a car while trying to keep the family together.

Those attending can make a financial donation or bring a canned good that will go to the Somervell County Food Bank.

The movie “1:36,” which is about a 20-year-old man killed by a drunk driver, will be held in conjunction with the demo. It screens at 6 p.m. at the Methodist church.

The man’s parents will be in town for the screening and bringing their son’s car, a Ford Mustang.

While the “Resurrection Restoration” car show is held in the Methodist church parking lot, the Somervell County Sheriff’s Department also will set up a drunk driving demonstration in which participants can drive a golf cart through a course while wearing “beer goggles.” The demo begins at noon.

The festival will close with an awards ceremony at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The cost for a full festival badge providing admission to all the films is $45. A one-day festival badge is $25. Tickets to a single block of films on Friday or Saturday or shorts in a single movie block are $10 and $5 for students.

For more information, call 214-517-7789 or visit


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