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Beaumont Event Facilities hosts “Classic Movie Night” every Friday at the historic Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont. Movies start at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $5.

Upcoming movies include “Bob Dylan-I’m Not There” on Nov. 29, “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” on Dec. 2, “Elf” on Dec. 9 and “A Christmas Story” on Dec. 16.

“With reasonably priced tickets and concessions, live music before the shows, and chances to win free tickets on the radio, our main goal has been to create a good quality of life for the people in the Beaumont area,” Emily Wheeler, marketing division manager, said.

The Jefferson Theatre holds 1,400 and people from all over have come to see the showings, Wheeler said.

“There is no need to drive to Houston just to have a good time out and about,” she said. “People of all ages, from the young to old, have made beautiful memories right here in Beaumont at the theatre. We try to bring something to the table for everyone.”

Originally built in 1927, the Jefferson Theatre was designed to be an entertainment refuge for the people of the Beaumont area.

Ines Alvidres is one of several local artists who have exhibited their work in conjunction with the screenings. Alvidres, whose work carries a strong Mexican influence, exhibited before the movie “Frida,” about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

“As an artist, I was given the opportunity to show my work before the showing of one of my absolute favorite movies and greatest inspirations,” she said. “It was a very emotional experience for me because I was showing my artwork right before the people were going to watch my favorite muse.”

Alvidres said the history of the building is the greatest part of the experience.

“Watching your favorite movie in a beautiful place makes the movie even better,” she said. “Growing up, you watch the same old movies on your small screen so much that you have no idea what you are missing. Watching on the theatre’s big screen completely enables you to rediscover the treasure of our town’s history and the beauty of classic movies.

“I highly recommend that every person should see at least one film at the Jefferson Theatre. It truly is such a beautiful experience.”

The Jefferson Theatre is located at 345 Fannin in downtown Beaumont.

For more information, visit www.discoverbeaumont.com, or call 838-3435.

Brooke Harvey

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