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Thursday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 16 Dec 2010 7:56 AM

Today in the roundup: Assessing ultra-lux movie theaters, Cowboys Stadium in a coffee-table book and the creation of a Fort Worth holiday classic.


SIT BACK AND RELAX: Would you spend $25 to see a movie? That’s the question theater chains are asking as they trick out their movie houses to compete with increasingly souped up home theater systems. To find an answer to the $25 question, dfw.com film critic Chris Kelly took in shows at our area’s upscale theaters. And for the most part, he was very cozy. Personally, I’m not sure if I could handle the ultra-plush reclining seats. Too great a chance that the only thing I’d be watching is the back of my eyelids. Anyhoo, if you want to know more about Chris’ theater experience, call in and ask him about it this afternoon when he joins Chris Vognar of The Dallas Morning News and me on Think to discuss the current crop of movies on screens. Showtime is at 1 p.m. on 90.1 FM.

A TRIP TO THE STADIUM: Cowboys Stadium is the subject of a new coffee-table book called Cowboys Stadium: Architecture-Art- Entertainment in the Twenty-First Century. The book is published by Rizzoli International Publications, the coffee-table book publisher. “It’s a huge honor for all of us,” Cowboys stadium principle architect Bryan Trubey tells dallasnews.com. “Having a book published by Rizzoli is something very few architects in the world have had the privilege of having done.” All the proof you need that Rizzoli knows what it’s doing: it had David Dillon, the late, great former architecture critic for The Dallas Morning News, write the architectural text.

IN THE BEGINNING: About every other year or so, Jubilee Theatre in Fort Worth will stage the biblical musical God’s Trombones. Jubilee co-founder Rudy Eastman co-wrote the show with composer and Hip Pocket Theatre co-founder Doug Balentine. And at this point, many of the same cast and crew have been involved with the show several times. For a story that details the show’s history, director Gloria Abbs tells fwweekly.com that God’s Trombones is, “one of those pieces where the actors form close friendships that last long after the show has closed.” And she should know – she’s been a part of Jubilee since it was founded in 1980.