KTEP - El Paso, Texas

ON FILM: Before the Curtain Rises

The Palace (Alambra) Theatre, ca. 1913
Credit El Paso Public Library, Altman Collection


   Charles talks with Jeffrey Mills, founder & director of the nonprofit Documentary Alliance, which is producing the film "Before the Curtain Rises," which documents the rise & fall of the Interstate Theatre chain in Texas.  El Paso's Plaza and Palace (Alambra) Theatres were part of the chain, and the restoration of the Plaza Theatre plays a central role in the film.  Jeffrey talks about why the movie theatre palaces were just as important to the movie-going experience as the movies themselves.  

An Indiegogo crowd sourcing campaign is currently underway to finish production on the film.  You can contribute at http://www.interstatetheatres.com/.

Learn more about the Documentary Alliance at http://www.documentaryalliance.org/.

Aired Nov. 23, 2013.