Summer movies are coming to downtown Victoria. The Victoria College Board of Trustees approved the purchase of a digital cinema projector for the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts on Monday. The city's hotel occupancy tax funds will cover 90 percent of the $66,445 purchase says the Victoria Advocate. Additional money from the Victoria TX Independent Film Festival, Theatre Victoria and the Welder's operating budget will cover the remaining cost. The projector should be in place by the end of June, said Sue Prudhomme, Victoria College director of Cultural Affairs.


The Welder Center is owned and operated by Victoria College.


The projector is being purchased through Office Systems Center in Victoria, which had the lowest of three bids. Office Systems Center is owned by Dan Pedone, father of Anthony Pedone, the film festival's director.