Io Communications began production on the documentary film in November of 1996. One of the primary goals of this early photography was to capture oral histories from some of the pioneers of Interstate. The producers also photographed several of the most magnificently restored Interstate theaters,the Majestic in Dallas, and Interstate's largest and most ornate auditorium, the Majestic in San Antonio.

Some of these clips are lengthy, so they are best viewed with either a cable modem, DSL, or higher connection.

  • Movie Trailer
    View the trailer in QuickTime (opens a new window) or Windows Media.
  • Interviews
    • Changes
      Several Interstate employees speak about how the movie theater exhibition business has changed from the days when the theater was as much a star as the movie.
    • Legacy
      Interstate employees talk about what they feel is the true legacy of Interstate Theatres, Inc.
    • Hoblitzelle
      Listen to this audio clip from a radio talk show that Karl Hoblitzelle gave to the Interstate employees during the hard times for the company after the consent decree and with the new challenge of the medium of television.
    • Plaza
      Take a tour of the Plaza Theater in 1996...still abandoned, but beautiful, and hear from Nestor Valencia from the El Paso Community Foundation about why it must be saved.
    • Stories
      Here some amazing and humorous stories about the history of Interstate.
    • Theater Life
      What was it like to go to these movie palaces during the golden age of movies? Listen to several Interstate employees tell their stories.
  • Ch 51 Interview
    Producer/Director Jeffrey Mills is interviewed on Houston's Cable Channel 51 about the Interstate Documentary Film.
  • KTSM Interview
    For a special program produced by KTSM, the NBC television affiliate in El Paso, Producer/Director Jeffrey Mills is interviewed during his shooting at the Plaza Theater in November of 1996.
  • NPR Interview
  • Cavalcade of Texas Clip
    When the Texas Centennial Celebration found itself with insufficient funds to operate, Karl Hoblitzelle came to the rescue with both a large donation and a film that he produced about the state he loved so dearly.


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