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Selena movie returns to theaters 25 years after dazzling debut

Selena movie returns to theaters 25 years after dazzling debut

Selena the movie Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez shines in the 1997 film Selena. Selena the Movie/Facebook

March 31 marks 27 years since the death of iconic Texas singer Selena Quintanilla, but her popularity and legacy live on like never before. In honor of that legacy, the movie inspired by her life is returning to the big screen.

An announcement on the late star's official social media pages revealed that the Selena movie will return to theaters beginning Thursday, April 7. Exact locations and showtimes for the re-release have not yet been announced.

A quick search of Dallas-area theaters shows it's playing at Southlake's new EVO Entertainment venue and theater at 7 pm April 7.

The movie news came on March 21, 25 years since the film was released in theaters nationwide. The film, which was primarily shot in San Antonio, was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2021.

Born in Lake Jackson, Texas, Quintanilla was a Tejano superstar headed for crossover success when she was shot and killed by her fan club president, Yolanda Saldívar, in Corpus Christi in 1995.

Jennifer Lopez, who starred in the film as the queen of Tejano, celebrated the movie on Twitter:

"This movie means so much to me. Selena and her family mean so much to me, and I was so lucky to be chosen to play her," Lopez wrote. "I'll never forget this time in my life and it's an honor as an artist to have been part of the magic that is this movie."


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