July 18--Five-year-old Callie Harvey drew in her breath and nearly fell out of her seat when Princess Elsa walked through the auditorium door at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts.
"Elsa," she whispered.
"Elsa," she then screamed, trying to garner the attention of the Disney princess -- her all-time favorite princess.
Callie and her parents, of Edna, joined a sold-out crowd Thursday to sing along to the 2013 Disney hit "Frozen."
The movie screening, the first with the new digital projector, was a success, said Sue Prudhomme, Victoria College cultural affairs director. Victoria College acquired the center about two years ago. Prudhomme said bringing the silver screen to downtown bolsters the mission of revitalizing the area.
"We expected a good start, but we weren't expecting such an overwhelming start," Prudhomme said. "I guess you can say we started with a bang."
Western features, a double showing of the original 1954 "Godzilla" with the 2014 remake and short films hosted by the Victoria TX Indie Film Fest are planned for the summer's lineup already -- with the hopes of continuing throughout the year.
Prudhomme said her plan is to make a "difference in the culture of downtown" by working with the Main Street Program and the city to foster a community in the area.
Christi Harvey called the event worth the drive, and although she and Callie saw "Frozen" six times in the theater, the singalong was "really cool."
Inside the theater, children not only sang along to every song in the movie but also spoke nearly every line.
Princess Elsa and Princess Ariel from the "The Little Mermaid" greeted the children and posed for pictures in the lobby, thanks to Ella's Party Princesses, a rental business in Victoria.
Amber Villarreal, of Victoria, brought her daughters to the theater with a group of friends and said she appreciated the planners choosing a family-friendly movie to start with. Villarreal said her daughters, ages 3 and 4, watch "Frozen" every single night at home and since they always sing along, "Why not sing along here, too?"
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