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El Paso Public Library hosts Plaza Classic Film Festival Week

The El Paso Public Library, in partnership with the Plaza Classic Film Festival, is hosting several classic films at 1 p.m. from Monday through Friday of this week at the main library located at 501 North Oregon.

One film not to miss stars El Pasoan Debbie Reynolds, along with her daughter Carrie Fischer, in the movie Bright Lights.

All of the movies are free and open to the public

Aug 8: Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

STARRING: Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds  |  RATED: NR  | Sponsored by The El Paso Community Foundation

Aug 9: Hollywood on Trial

STARRING: Lauren Bacall, Walter Bernstein | RATED: NR  |  Sponsored by The El Paso Community Foundation

Aug 10: Persistence of Vision

STARRING: Richard Williams, Omar Ali-Shah  |  RATED: NR  |  Sponsored by The El Paso Community Foundation

Aug 11: Bartok the Magnificent

STARRING: Voices of Hank Azaria, Kelsey Grammer, Andrea Martin, Tim Curry  |  RATED: G  |  Sponsored by The El Paso Community Foundation

For more information and a list of all the films to be shown, visit the Plaza Classic Film Festival website.

Richard Dreyfuss to appear at Plaza Classic Film Festival

Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss is scheduled to appear at the 10th anniversary edition of the El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival.

Dreyfuss, whose iconic career spans movies, TV and the stage, is scheduled to appear for an on-stage interview before a screening of Steven Spielberg’s 1975 blockbuster Jaws at 7 p.m. Saturday, August 12 in El Paso’s historic Plaza Theatre.

He also is set for an on-stage interview before a screening of the inspirational 1995 movie Mr. Holland’s Opus at 1 p.m. Sunday, August 13 in the Plaza Theatre. Dreyfuss was nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of music teacher Glenn Holland.

Dreyfuss also is scheduled to appear for an autograph signing from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, August 12 in the Foundation Room, 333 North Oregon Street, across from San Jacinto Plaza.

Richard Dreyfuss is considered one of the most talented and resourceful American actors of the last 50 years. Currently involved in three forthcoming movies, he has worked with some of the most influential directors of the day, including Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Mike Nichols.

He has appeared in more than 50 movies. They include The Goodbye Girl (for which he became the youngest actor to win Best Actor Oscar at age 30), Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, American Graffiti, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Stakeout, Stand by Me and Postcards From the Edge.

His lengthy list of television credits range from appearances on Bewitched, Gunsmoke and Gidget in the 1960s to roles in the recent Fox series Shots Fired and the title role of ABC’s 2016 mini-series Madoff.

Richard Dreyfuss joins actress Kathleen Turner and animation legends Don Bluth and Gary Goldman as special guests of this year’s 10th anniversary Plaza Classic Film Festival.  The full festival schedule is available at

Tickets for the more than 90 Plaza Classic Film Festival movies go on sale Friday, July 7 at the Plaza Theatre box office, Ticketmaster outlets and 800-745-3000.

Festival passes and teen Film Club passes are available at an915-533-4020.

‘Snow White’ Added to 10th Annual Plaza Classic Film Festival

Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is considered one of the greatest animated movies ever made — and it’s coming to the El Paso Community Foundation’s 10th annual Plaza Classic Film Festival.

It’s the 80th anniversary of the animated classic, which was Walt Disney’s first feature-length animated film.

This marks the first time Snow White will be shown at the Plaza Classic Film Festival.

The 10th anniversary edition of the Plaza Classic will run from Aug. 3-13 in and around El Paso’s Plaza Theatre. Organizers said the festival will be bringing back some of their “greatest hits” and “showing a lot more movies we’ve never shown before.”

On Thursday, in honor of their birthday, organizers announced 10 more titles they’ve lined up for this summer. In addition to Snow White, they’ll be screening:

Romancing the Stone (1984)

The Unsinkable Molly Brown, with El Paso native Debbie Reynolds (1964)

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)

Cronos (1993)

The Secret of NIMH, directed by El Paso native Don Bluth (1982)

An American in Paris (1951)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Festival passes are on sale now by clicking here. Individual tickets go on sale in early July.