, Port Arthur, Texas


October 8, 2012

Exhibition inspires film series with local ties

PORT ARTHUR — The Port Arthur Historical Society is proud to announce the opening of a new temporary exhibition at the Museum of the Gulf Coast featuring objects from the permanent collection as well as loans representing southeast Texas ties to the film industry.  Lights! Camera! Action! explores the roles many southeast Texans have played in film production including those in front of the camera and those who have worked behind the scenes. Also featured are an animator, a costume designer, a composer, and even some notable southeast Texans who have been the subject of film. The exhibition features posters, memorabilia, photographs, costumes and more. It will be on view in the Museum’s Dunn Gallery October 13 - December 30, 2012.

The exhibition will inspire a Saturday afternoon film series featuring films represented in the exhibition.  Films will take place Saturdays at 1 p.m. during the entire run of the exhibition. Film admittance is FREE and includes complimentary popcorn and admission to Lights! Camera! Action! as well as the Museum’s many permanent exhibits. The film schedule is as follows:

October 13 – The Alamo (1960) starring actor, stuntman and Port Arthur native Rudy Robbins

October 20 – Back to the Future (1985) in which Port Arthur native Leanne Moore worked as a production accountant

October 27 – Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981) directed by Beaumont native J.D. Feigelson

November 3 – Gone with the Wind (1939) starring actress and Port Arthur native Evelyn Keyes

November 10 – Silkwood (1983) based on the mysterious life and death of union whistleblower and Nederland native Karen Silkwood

November 17 – The Adventures of Don Juan (1948) featuring the Oscar-winning costumes of Port Arthur native Leah Rhodes

November 24 – Gnomeo & Juliet (2011) directed by animator, illustrator and Beaumont native Kelly Asbury

December 1 – The Rose (1979) loosely based on the life of Port Arthur native Janis Joplin

December 8 – The Nightmare before Christmas (1993) featuring the animation of Beaumont native Kelly Asbury

December 15 – Arizona Days (1937) starring singing cowboy and Nederland native Tex Ritter

December 22 – Police Academy (1984) starring Port Arthur native G.W. Bailey and Beaumont native Bubba Smith

December 29 – Titanic (1997) starring Orange native Frances Fisher

The Museum of the Gulf Coast is owned and operated by the Port Arthur Historical Society in partnership with Lamar State College - Port Arthur and the City of Port Arthur. It is located at 700 Procter St. in downtown Port Arthur. The Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, and $2 for children. The Museum offers a group tour rate of $2 per person for any group of ten or more people with advance notice. School tours are always free. For more information or to schedule a tour, call 409.982.7000 or visit

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