The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema

Pedro Infante

By David Johanssen

Mexico was once home to the world’s most colorful and diverse film culture; in Spanish it’s called “Época de Oro del Cine Mexicano.” It began in the early 1930s and continued for a quarter-century—not many other countries can claim a comparable range of production, diversity of genres, and number of master filmmakers. The Golden Age began symbolically with the film Vámonos con Pancho Villa in 1935, directed by Fernando de Fuentes. In 1936, Fernando de Fuentes filmed the classic Allá en el Rancho Grande, which secured blockbuster status for Mexican cinema.

Scenes and Sounds of Mexico’s Golden Age of Romance
Fri, Sep 18, 7:30pm
150 pesos

Peace Is Every Step
Sat, Sep 19, 3pm

Scenes and Sounds of Mexico’s Golden Age of Romance
Sat, Sep 19, 7:30pm
150 pesos

The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo
Tue, Sep 22, 4pm
50 pesos

Live Music
Open Mic
Tue, Sep 22, 7:30pm
40 pesos
Includes drink

The Missing 43 Anniversary
Fri, Sep 25, 5pm
50 pesos

High Desert Rangers
Sat, Sep 26, 7:30pm
50 pesos

Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4
154 7524

Join us for a live concert as we celebrate “The Scenes and Sounds of Mexico’s Golden Age of Romance,” Friday, September 18, and Saturday, September 19, at 7:30pm. This will be a multi-media concert with projected scenes of classic films and live performances of the songs by Rosa Guadalupe and Norma Gallardo. Including songs from iconic actors such as Pedro Infante, Cantinflas, Tin-Tan, and singers like Lupe Velez and Luis Aguilar Emilio Tuero. 150 pesos.

Saturday, September 19, at 3 pm, Peace Is Every Step. Join us for a free Peace Day event. This documentary with Thich Nhat Hanh will be the inspiration for San Miguel’s Walk4Peace on Sunday, September 20, at 10am, proceeding up the Ancha from the Rinconada de la Aldea Peace Pole. Free.

Tuesday, September 22, at 4 pm, join us for a documentary and discussion: The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo. This fascinating film features interviews with many of Kahlo’s friends, including author and historian Carlos Fuentes, along with a broad visual archive of her life, including photographs, movie clips, and paintings. Frida Kahlo persevered through a private life of illness and pain while cultivating an open and irreverent public persona. 50 pesos.

Shelter Theater is part of the Shelter VG4 Cultural Center, located at Vicente Guerrero 4, a 10-minute walk from the Jardín down Insurgentes. Telephone 154 7524 or visit to see upcoming events. Taxi service available. Shelter VG4’s theater and class/performance space are available for rent. We welcome proposals for activities and events!


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