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Excited for the Rolling Roadshow in Marfa

3 Jun 2011

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James Dean in Giant. Photo courtesy of the Doctor Macro website.

Awesome news for June: The Alamo Drafthouse and Texas Monthly announced their collaboration for the 2011 Rolling Roadshow, marking the first all-Texas tour of free outdoor 35mm screenings. This year they’re celebrating films in the Lone Star state by presenting 10 Texas films in the iconic locations where either they were filmed or in a thematic setting. Lucky for Marfa, we’re getting both No Country for Old Men and Giant on June 24 and 25, respectively, which were both filmed in and around Marfa. (Rumor has it that the facade of the Benedict home in Giant — built at the Warner Bros. prop department and shipped to the Worth Evans Ranch, twenty-one miles from Marfa — still stands. Though other sources say it’s basically just a few poles.)

The full lineup is great — I started to list all the ones I would go see, but realized I was basically listing them all. (But seriously don’t miss Tender Mercies, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hud, and ESPECIALLY The Last Picture Show.) All screenings are free; bring a blanket, and come early to get a good spot!

2011 ROLLING ROADSHOW SCREENINGS

June 3 – THE SEARCHERS in Groesbeck, Texas

June 4 – THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE in Kingsland, Texas

June 5 – BLOOD SIMPLE in Austin, Texas

June 11 – HUD in Claude, Texas

June 17 – RED RIVER in Forth Worth, Texas

June 18 – BONNIE AND CLYDE in Pilot Point, Texas

June 19 – TENDER MERCIES in Waxahachie, Texas

June 24 – NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN in Marfa, Texas (playing in the field east of the Riata Motel)

June 25 – GIANT in Marfa, Texas (playing in front of Hotel Paisano)

July 1 – THE LAST PICTURE SHOW in Archer City, Texas

For more locations and more information, please contact Alamo Drafthouse and Texas Monthly.

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Still from No Country for Old Men.