5/12 Ticket Calendar

All times Mountain Clovis The New Era — 7 p.m. today, Lyceum Theatre, 411 Main St. Christian concert. Tickets: $7/at the door. Information: 571-0246, www.testraps.com, or www.trackteamproductions.com. ‘Pops’ Concert — 7 p.m. today, Clovis Schools All Band Night at Rock Staubus Gym. Show Off — 6 p.m. May 24, The Restaurant at Fox Run. Cross-stitch, […]

Drama festival becomes recruiting tool

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — A half-century ago, Eastern New Mexico University decided to create a drama festival as a way to educate high school students about the school. In its 50th year on the ENMU campus, the festival has had another effect —as a feeder system for theater education in New Mexico. […]

Theater expansion nears completion

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Willie Flowers mixes varnish in one of the three new auditoriums in the new addition Monday at the North Plains Cinema 4. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer An expansion project at Allen Theaters in the North Plains Mall that was delayed more than two months by weather is nearing […]

ENMU students lobby legislators for projects

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University students are on a crusade to convince legislators to fund a renovation of the anthropology facility and to upgrade the lighting in the theater building. Members of the school’s five-person student lobbying committee spent time two days in Santa Fe earlier this week talking with area […]

Marshall class learns through laughter

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Freshman Josh Metrejean pokes fun at an Amarillo television station sportscaster who is not more than 5-feet tall as part of a skit Wedneday during Keith Ingram’s theater class at Marshall Junior High School. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Robert Barela, 15, was so nervous during his second-period class at […]

Macbeth visitingCannon hangar

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Usually Cannon Air Force Base is known for the thunderous sound of F-16s launching off its runways. Tonight, it will be the much subtler sound of the Bard. The Alabama Shakespeare Festival of Montgomery, Ala., will perform Shakespeare’s Macbeth at 7 p.m. tonight in Hangar 208 at Cannon Air […]

8/12/04 Events Calendar

All times Mountain Alto “The Pendragons” — 8 p.m. Saturday at the Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts, Airport Highway 220. Information: 505-336-4800. Amarillo “Old West Melodrama” and dinner — 7:30 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. dinner served, 9:15 p.m. show starts, Friday and Saturday. Big Texan Steak Ranch. Information: 806-372-6000. Starlight […]

Drive-in theater digs up good memories

As we recently drove past the Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theater in Lubbock, it brought back fond memories of the old Varsity Drive-In in Portales, once located on the Roswell Highway. We took the girls to Texas Water Rampage for the day, and my eyes lit with excitement when we drove past the drive-in theater […]

Man of the movies

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By Emilie Hornak: CNJ Correspondent At 13, Abby Parrish started his first job working at the Varsity drive-in movie theater in Portales. Nearly 45 years later, Parrish still enjoys the lights and nights. He’s enjoyed a career managing movie theaters, from Carlsbad to Uvalde, Texas. He’s been in Clovis since 1980, where he’s now general […]

Mall theater adding screens

By Glen Seeber: CNJ staff writer Black plastic covered the fronts of two businesses in North Plains Mall Monday — L.A. Subs and C.N. Express — leaving employees and shoppers no option but to seek food elsewhere. The closings are temporary, according to Cindy Banister, property manager for North Plains Mall. But not so temporary […]

Education Digest 3/11

Mesa Theater donated to Clovis Community College Thanks to the generosity of Lyle Walker, Kenneth Broad, Julian Bivins, and the Estate of Violet (Vi) Petty, the Mesa Theater has been donated to Clovis Community College. The theater will be named the Norman and Vi Petty Performing Arts Center and will be used as a venue […]

Theater manager looking for patrols

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Abby Parrish, manager of Allen Theaters, said groups of young people tend to gather at the mall and North Plains Cinema 4 and take part in fights, vandalism, flashing gang signs and robbery. By Jack King Fights, vandalism, flashing gang signs and robbery — it’s all just a day at the mall for some Clovis […]

Calvary Baptist hosts music group

By Gary Mitchell Andy Wall is anticipating an enjoyable evening of Southern Gospel music from a group he has never seen in person. They’re bound to be good, he said, because a former interim pastor recommended them. The Texans, a Gospel quartet from Quitman, Texas, will sing in concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Calvary […]

Would-be robbers hit theater again

By Darrell Todd Maurina Armed robbers hit the North Plains Cinema for the third time this summer on Wednesday night and police said suspects may be connected to eight attempted armed robberies in Clovis since June 14. No one was injured and no cash was taken in Wednesday’s incident. But the event doused hopes that […]

Readers comment on movie, and a star

By David Stevens The newspaper receives a lot of anonymous letters. Usually, I read them and throw them away. We almost never publish unsigned letters. We even have a rule against publishing them. So what happens when an anonymous writer provides information that’s essential to our readers? I break the rule, of course. This letter, […]

Clovis theater robbed again

By Darrell Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina CNJ STAFF WRITER darrell_maurina@link.freedom.com As patrons came into the North Plains Cinema on Thursday evening to watch Terminator 3, many didn’t know that a real-life action story had played out the previous night. For the second time in nine days, armed robbers hit the theater and stole […]

Community help sought in robberies

By Darrell Todd Maurina North Plains Cinema manager Abby Parrish said he has taken steps to improve security since two gunmen robbed the movie theater Tuesday night. He said he doesn’t want to disclose those steps, but doesn’t believe the theater was unsafe to begin with. “It’s as safe a place as anywhere; it’s the […]