State Fair of Texas and Dallas Historical Society Presents “Texas Cinema”


Dallas Historical Society, along with State Fair of Texas present the State Fair of Texas exhibit “Texas Cinema” at the Hall of State in Fair Park. The exhibit runs through the duration of the State Fair, September 27- October 20, 2019.

“Texas Cinema” focuses on the history and impact of film performers and creators- writers, directors, and producers from the Lone Star State as well as the depiction of Texas through film. Incorporating a substantial amount of video and other media elements, the Great Hall will come alive with interactive opportunities and valuable historical artifacts.

Featured in the Great Hall of the Hall of State will be four main sections of “Texas Cinema”:

  • Films about, and filmed at, The Alamo- depictions of The Alamo in American Film.
  • Horror films, with such films as “Texas Chain Saw Massacre”, Sci-Fi films, and Schlock films or B Movies.
  • Films that were filmed in and around DFW, such as Robocop, and Fair Park, such as 1936’s “The Big Show” with Gene Autrey and 1962’s “State Fair” with Pat Boone.
  • Dallas and Texas’ involvement in “Race Films.” The “Race Film” movement from 1915-1952 consisted of films produced for an all-black audience, featuring black casts.
  • A timeline of film history in general and Texas’ influence and involvement.

Through a partnership with the Dallas Film Society, the Hall of State’s Margaret & Al Hill Lecture Hall will feature a 30-minute video of all films from Texas in the last 100 years, looping throughout the day, each day during the State Fair.

Entertaining photo opportunities of famous backdrops of well-known scenes from Texas films to capture memories and create social media moments will be available.

Experience “Texas Cinema” at the Hall of State in Fair Park during the 2019 State Fair of Texas!

Also on display at Hall of State during the State Fair of Texas will be “Shared Border” A look at the shared cultures of Texas and Mexico. The diverse cultural landscape of the Texas and Mexico borderland has caused different cultures to blend and innovate. From food and music to festivals and finance, the shared cultures of Texas and Mexico have helped shape the day-to-day lives of our two countries and the world.

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