Memorial High School (Port Arthur, Texas)

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Memorial High School is a public, co-educational secondary school located in Port Arthur, Texas, United States. It was established in August 2002 after a merger of three previous high schools: Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Stephen F. Austin. Since then, Port Arthur Memorial High School has been the only high school in the Port Arthur Independent School District. It serves most of Port Arthur and a portion of Groves. Initially, the school used the former Lincoln and Jefferson campuses; its new facility opened for the 2009–10 school year on the northern side of Port Arthur.

Port Arthur Independent School District

Sam Houston Elementary School (Port Arthur). Robert E. Lee Elementary School (Port Arthur). William B. Travis Elementary School (Port Arthur). Tyrrell Elementary School (Griffing Park). Booker T. Washington Technology School (West Port Arthur). Staff Sgt. Lucian Adams Elementary (Port Arthur). Pre-Kindergarten. Wheatley School of Early Childhood (Port Arthur). Stephen F. Austin High School (consolidated into Memorial High). Abraham Lincoln High School (consolidated into Memorial High). Thomas Jefferson High School (consolidated into Memorial High). Bishop Byrne High School (closed in 1983). Woodrow Wilson Middle School (Moved to ALMS). Thomas A. Edison Middle School (Moved to TJMS).

Jamie Lee Curtis

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Her next film, Prom Night, was a low-budget Canadian slasher film released in July 1980. The film, for which she earned a Genie Award nomination for Best Performance by a Foreign Actress, was similar in style to Halloween, yet received negative reviews which marked it as a disposable entry in the then-popular "slasher film" genre. That year, Curtis also starred in Terror Train, which opened in October and was met with negative reviews akin to Prom Night. Both films performed moderately well at the box office. Curtis had a similar function in both films - the main character whose friends are murdered, and is practically the only protagonist to survive.

Jefferson County, Texas

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Jefferson County is part of the Beaumont–Port Arthur, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area and has the highest population of the four-county MSA. It has three state correctional facilities and a federal high-security prison in unincorporated areas of the county. Together they have a maximum capacity for nearly 9,000 prisoners. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1113 sqmi, of which 876 sqmi is land and 236 sqmi (21%) is water. Jefferson County is located on the plains of the Texas Gulf Coast in the southeastern part of the state.

Slasher film

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The small-budget thrillers Silent Scream and Prom Night were box office hits with $7.9 and $14.8 million, respectively. Jamie Lee Curtis starred in the independent Prom Night, as well studio films Terror Train and The Fog to earn her "scream queen" title. MGM's the Halloween-clone He Knows You're Alone sold nearly 2 million tickets, though Paramount Pictures John Huston-directed Phobia only sold an estimated 22,000 tickets.

Orange County, Texas

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Orange County is included in the Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is located in the very southeastern corner of Texas, with a boundary with Louisiana, within the Golden Triangle of Texas. Orange County was formed in 1852 from portions of Jefferson County. It was named after the orange fruit, the common citrus fruit grown by the early settlers of this county near the mouth of the Sabine River. Due to periodic spells of quite cold winter weather (frosts) in Orange County, it is no longer the home of orange trees and citrus orchards.

Anne-Marie Martin

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from 1986 to 1988, as well as her roles in several horror films, such as Prom Night (1980) and The Boogens (1981). Martin was born Edmonda Benton in Toronto, Ontario on November 11, 1957. Prior to embarking on a screen acting career, she worked for theater director Hrant Alianak in Toronto, performing at the Theatre Passe Muraille. In her early career, Martin was credited under the name Eddie Benton, most notably in the unsuccessful series pilot/telefilm Dr. Strange (1978), for which she was paid $2,000 a week.

Arthur Stilwell

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He was also the founder of Port Arthur, Texas. Stilwell was born in Rochester, New York, in 1859. While working as a traveling salesman he courted and married Jennie A. Wood, and the couple moved to Kansas City, Missouri and then Chicago, Illinois, where Arthur sold insurance for the Travelers Insurance Company, inventing a coupon annuity life-insurance policy which paid the policy holder an income after a certain age. With the money made selling these policies, the Stilwells returned to Kansas City where Arthur sold real estate and began building the Kansas City Suburban Belt Railway.

Beaumont, Texas

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The Beaumont-Port Arthur region has historically been cited as one of the most polluted urban areas in the United States due to various energy industries and chemical plants in the area. Even so, the Beaumont-Port Arthur region was not under any Environmental Protection Agency non-attainment restrictions; however, counties in the Greater Houston area, the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, and El Paso were., the Beaumont-Port Arthur area was not under any Texas Commission on Environmental Quality attainment compliance deadlines.

Beaumont–Port Arthur metropolitan area

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The Beaumont–Port Arthur metropolitan area is defined by the United States Census Bureau as a four-county region in Southeast Texas. The metropolitan area shares borders with the Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan area to the west and the Lake Charles metropolitan area to the east. The area is also known as the Golden Triangle. The "golden" refers to the wealth that came from the Spindletop oil strike near Beaumont in 1901, and "triangle" refers to the area among the cities of Beaumont, Port Arthur, and Orange. According to the 2000 Census, it has a population of 385,090 (though the 2010 census placed the population at 388,745).

Mary Beth Rubens

Rubens made her feature film debut in Paul Lynch's slasher film Prom Night (1980). She subsequently had a supporting role in Firebird 2015 AD (1981). In 1987, she appeared in Souvenirs with Theatre Calgary. In 1990, Rubens was nominated for a Gemini Award for her performance in the pilot of E.N.G.. In 1995, she appeared in the film The Michelle Apartments. After suffering a traumatic brain injury in the 1990s, Rubens was left with a permanent disability and temporarily retired from acting. She subsequently enrolled at York University, graduating with an honours degree in law & society.

Paul Lynch (director)

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This was followed by the box-office hit Prom Night, a prototypical ‘slasher’ film starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Leslie Nielsen. Lynch has only made movies periodically, pursuing instead a career directing for American television. * Hidden Films - Interview with Paul Lynch The Hard Part Begins (1973). Blood & Guts (1978). Prom Night (1980). Humongous (1982). Cross Country (1983). Blindside (1986). Flying (a.k.a. Dream to Believe, 1986). Bullies (1986). On the Prowl (1991). No Contest (1995). No Contest II (a.k.a. Face the Evil, 1997). More to Love (1999). Frozen with Fear (2000). The Keeper (2004). Teenage Marriage (1968). Mania (1986). Really Weird Tales (1987). Cameo by Night (1987).

Embassy Pictures

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; The Graduate; The Producers; The Lion in Winter; Carnal Knowledge; The Night Porter; Watership Down; Phantasm; The Fog; Prom Night; Scanners; The Howling; Escape from New York; and This Is Spinal Tap. The company was founded in 1942 by Joseph E. Levine, initially to distribute foreign films in the United States. Some of Levine's early successes were the Italian-made Hercules films with Steve Reeves; Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956, a much re-edited version of Ishirō Honda's original Godzilla from 1954); and the adaptation of The Thief of Baghdad (1961), also with Reeves in the lead.

Nederland, Texas

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Lamar State College–Port Arthur is located south of Nederland in the city of Port Arthur, Texas and offers two-year degrees and one-year certificates. Nederland is served by two newspapers: Nederland is served by US 69/US 287/US 96, SH 347 and FM 365. Approximately 11 mi to the northwest is Interstate 10, which serves as a main east-west corridor from Florida to California. US 69/287/96 runs along the west side of Nederland, from Port Arthur to Beaumont and merges with Interstate 10. Texas 347 runs along the east side of Nederland from Port Arthur to Beaumont and merges with US 69/287/96. runs along the south side of Nederland from Port Neches to Winnie and merges with Interstate 10.

Bridge City, Texas

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It is part of the Beaumont–Port Arthur Metropolitan Statistical Area. The area is most known for the oil industry. The city was originally named Prairie View, as it was located on the coastal grasslands of the upper Texas coastline. But in 1938, the Port Arthur-Orange Bridge (now known as the Rainbow Bridge) was built, and the unincorporated area took on the name "Bridge City". Despite several previous attempts, the city did not incorporate until 1970. Bridge City got its name from the fact that one has to cross a bridge to enter the city. Out of the three major roads that enter Bridge City, Chemical Road, SH 87, and F.M. 1442 - all of them cross a body of water.

Groves, Texas

In 1886, Sam Courville moved his family from a Sabine Lake settlement in Port Arthur to a new home on 640 acre of land. It was in that same general area around 1911 that John Warne Gates purchased additional tracts of land. The land was conveyed to the Griffing brothers of Port Arthur in 1916, and three years later Griffing Brothers Nursery employee Wiley Choate supervised the planting of several thousand pecan trees on a 385 acre tract. In 1921, the Port Arthur Land Development Company took control of the site and divided the land into a residential subdivision known as "Pecan Grove".

Leslie Nielsen

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included Prom Night (1980) and Creepshow (1982), both horror films, and as a dramatic and unsympathetic character in the 1986 comedy Soul Man. His last dramatic role was as Allen Green, a violent client of a prostitute killed in self-defense by Barbra Streisand's character, Claudia Draper, in Martin Ritt's courtroom drama Nuts (1987). After Airplane! and The Naked Gun, Nielsen portrayed similarly styled roles in a number of other films. These mostly emulated the style of The Naked Gun with varying success and often targeted specific films; many were panned by critics and most performed poorly.

Port Acres, Port Arthur, Texas

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Port Acres is an area of Port Arthur, Texas, United States that used to be a distinct unincorporated community in eastern Jefferson County. The community is between Texas State Highway 73 and Farm to Market Road 365 and west of Downtown Port Arthur. In 1923 Tyrrell-Combest Company of Beaumont platted the community on land owned by J. M. Hebert. The community was located near the El Vista Railroad stop. Port Acres had around 1,500 residents in 1949. Residents voted to incorporate as a distinct municipality on a 578-180 margin in 1959; instead Port Arthur annexed the community.

Sabine River (Texas–Louisiana)

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The city of Port Arthur, Texas, sits along the western shore of Sabine Lake Archeological evidence indicates the valley of the river has been inhabited for as long as 12,000 years by indigenous peoples. Starting in the eighth century, the Caddo inhabited the area, building extensive earthwork mounds in complexes expressing their cosmology. The Caddo culture flourished until the late 13th century. Descendants of the Caddo were living along the river when the first European explorers arrived in the 16th century. The river was named in 1716 by Spanish explorer Domingo Ramón, and appeared as Río de Sabinas on a 1721 map.

Griffing Park, Port Arthur, Texas

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Griffing Park is an area of Port Arthur, Texas, United States that used to be a separate city in Jefferson County. In 1929 Port Arthur began its attempts to annex Griffing Park, which incorporated on November 13 of that year. In 1983 Port Arthur annexed Griffing Park. The proposed annexations were blocked by injunctions; the first was removed on November 26, 1929, and the second began in May 1930. Handbook of Texas describes the town's attitude during the 1983 merging process with Port Arthur as "kicking and screaming." Griffing Park is within the Port Arthur Independent School District. * "Consolidation put into operation." Port Arthur News. February 1, 1983. "Goodbye to Gritting Park.".

Rainbow Bridge (Texas)

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It allows State Highway 87 and State Highway 73 to connect Port Arthur in Jefferson County on the southwest bank of the river with Bridge City in Orange County on the northeast bank. Construction on the bridge began in 1936 under the guidance of the Texas State Highway Department. Due to concerns by the upstream city of Beaumont about the bridge posing a threat to ship navigation, the Rainbow Bridge was built with a 680 ft main span. In addition, it has a vertical clearance of 177 ft, which was intended to allow what was at the time the tallest ship in the US Navy, passage under the bridge (however, Patoka never did).

Lakeview, Port Arthur, Texas

Lakeview is an area of Port Arthur, Texas, United States that used to be a distinct unincorporated community in Jefferson County. In 1929 residents successfully opposed Port Arthur's attempt to annex Lakeview. By 1980 Port Arthur had annexed Lakeview. Lakeview is within the Port Arthur Independent School District. *

Lake Charles, Louisiana

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Lake Charles is tied with Port Arthur, Texas, and Astoria, Oregon, as the most humid city in the contiguous United States, and the second-most humid measured location behind unincorporated Quillayute, Washington. The average relative humidity in Lake Charles is 90% in the morning, and 72% in the afternoon. As of the 2010 census, the population was 71,993. In 2010, the population density was 1,711.8 people per square mile (689.7/km²). There were 32,469 housing units. The racial makeup of the city was 47% White, 47% African American, 0.4% Native American, 1.7% Asian, 0.47% from other races, 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 2.9% of the population.

Anchor Bay Entertainment

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One of its first releases was Prom Night in 1980. It also released Halloween (as well as its 3rd, 4th, and 5th sequels), Hellraiser, and many others, leading the home video market for obscure and retro horror films. In October 2000, Anchor Bay Entertainment opened up operations in the United Kingdom. Anchor Bay remained part of Handleman until 2003, when it was acquired by IDT Entertainment. On February 4, 2005, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed civil charges against two former employees of Anchor Bay Entertainment, a former subsidiary of Handleman Company.

Pear Ridge, Port Arthur, Texas

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Pear Ridge is an area of Port Arthur, Texas, United States that used to be a separate city in Jefferson County. The city incorporated in 1935. By 1986, Port Arthur had taken control of Pear Ridge. Pear Ridge is within the Port Arthur Independent School District *