Oswald’s arrest during a screening of War is Hell cemented the Texas Theatre’s (231 W. Jefferson Blvd.) role in the those fated events. (It was also a reminder that sneaking into movies is extremely poor form.) Those history buffs at Aviation Cinemas have decided to tell the story in its entirety, beginning at 1:20 p.m. Friday with a partial afternoon airing of War is Hell, followed by a full screening of Cry of Battle at 2:45. Even the ticket price is charming, with each admission set at 90 cents. The arthouse lobby converts into a photo gallery for the day, detailing Lee Harvey Oswald’s presence in Oak Cliff in an exhibition curated by John Slate of the Dallas Municipal Archives. Since Texas Theatre’s staff enjoys reaching beyond the projector, they’ll perform a staged, theatrical recreation of interviews from the Warren Commission. Happening at 6:30 p.m., the presentation will focus on first-person accounts from ticket taker Julia Postal, concessions operator Butch Burroughs and shoe salesman John Brewer, the man who spotted Oswald entering the theater. Then, at 8 p.m., they’ll show Oliver Stone’s Dallas-filmed JFK, in archival 35-mm. (You get the Warren Commission reading and JFK for $10, combined.) This all happens on Friday ... and may be the nerdiest thing the Texas Theatre’s ever done. That’s saying quite a bit. Visit thetexastheatre.com.
Fri., Nov. 22, 2013