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Thursday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 31 Mar 2011 7:56 AM

Today in the roundup: The future of movie theaters, Billy Bob’s turns 30 and more on Horton Foote.


THE BIG SCREEN’S FUTURE: Tonight, the Dallas International Film Festival opens at the Winspear Opera House, one of seven venues that films will be shown at this year. Most of the other venues are traditional movie theaters, including both Angelikas, the Magnolia and the Texas Theatre. But with the age of souped up home entertainment centers, how long will it be before we stay home for good to watch movies? Not any time soon say some of the biggest names in the business. “Movie theaters represent a social art form you can’t get on an iPhone and you can’t get on the TV,” George Lucas said during a CinemaCon panel discussion that also included Jim Cameron and Jeffrey Katzenberg. CinemaCon is the annual convention held for movie theater owners. “Man is a social animal — we want to enjoy things together. And that’s what a theater is.”

THE BIG 3-0: On Friday, Billy Bob’s Texas officially turns 30 years old. In that time, it’s welcomed most of the big names in country music to its stage and gone through several ups and downs, including bankruptcy and a revision to make it more family friendly. This week’s Fort Worth Weekly cover story vividly works through the club’s history.

HOORAY FOR HORTON: The North Texas Horton Foote Festival is in full swing and won’t be letting up for another month. If you need a refresher course on Foote, Chris Kelly offers this analysis on And he also wonders very loudly why one of the playwright’s most celebrated works wasn’t included.