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2019 PCFF Festival Passes on Sale Through New Year’s Eve

For holiday gift-givers looking for something special for the film lover in their world, Plaza Classic Film Festival organizers have a ‘golden ticket: a 2019 Plaza Classic Film Festival Pass.

Festival Passes for the 2019 edition of the El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival are now on sale for the discounted price of $175.

A Festival Pass includes admission to all ticketed events, reservations for PCFF movies in the Philanthropy Theatre, invitations to special events, discounts at nearby eateries and a jump-the-line express lane. And the pass is transferable, meaning you can loan it to a friend or family member.

The 12th annual Plaza Classic will be August 1-11, 2019 in and around the Plaza Theatre.

Launched in 2008, two years after the Plaza Theatre reopened, the Plaza Classic Film Festival has shown more than 800 movies and attracted more than 440,000 people in its first 11 years.

Special guests of the Plaza Classic include Al Pacino, Richard Dreyfuss, Debbie Reynolds, Rita Moreno, Peter Bogdanovich, Kathleen Turner, Robert Wagner, Eva Marie Saint, Shirley Jones, silent film accompanist Walt Strony and animator Don Bluth.

The 2018 edition featured appearances by Ali MacGraw, Bruce Dern and Sam Elliott.

Festival Passes are for sale year-round, but this special sale ends at 11:59 p.m. Monday, December 31, 2018. Go online to order or call 915-533-4020 to purchase yours now.

Cine Fantástico at Plaza Theatre Debuts Restoration of Classic Mexican Film Starring El Santo

A masked hero is coming to the Plaza Theatre. No, it’s not Batman. It’s the iconic Mexican luchador El Santo.

The Paso del Norte Foundation and the Permanencia Voluntaria Film Fund presents Cine Fantástico, an evening celebrating the legacy of one of Mexico’s most important cinema families and the restoration of the 1961 film Santo contra Cerebro del Mal.

The restored film will make its Texas premiere at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 1, 2018, at the historic Plaza Theatre in Downtown El Paso. The screening is free of charge and open to the public. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Special guest, Viviana García Besné, granddaughter of the film’s producer and director of the Permanencia Voluntaria Archive, will introduce the film; and discuss the restoration and her work preserving popular Mexican films.

The event will also announce the establishment of the Permanencia Voluntaria Film Fund at the Paso del Norte Foundation and build awareness for the ongoing preservation work of the Archive.

Paso del Norte Foundation CEO Tracy Yellen states, “We are excited to support the work of the Archive and its mission to preserve the legacy of one of Mexico’s important film families, who has significant history in El Paso and Juarez.”

García Besné’s family were entrepreneurs from Chihuahua who owned and managed several theaters in El Paso and Mexico, including the Cine Plaza in Juárez; and the beloved Colón, Alcázar, Estrella, and Rex Theaters on South El Paso Street.

The Calderóns produced over 150 films, including those starring El Santo, and established Azteca Films, one of the most significant Latin American film distribution companies in the world.

El Santo, along with the series of popular films he starred in, are credited with making professional wrestling one of Mexico’s most popular traditions.

García Besné added, “It’s a very special treat for me to be able to show my grandfather’s film in El Paso, and tell the story of my family and how much this city, and Juarez, meant to their business and their lives.”

The screening spotlights the work of the nonprofit Permanencia Voluntaria Archive and celebrates the first film starring the famed Mexican wrestler, El Santo.

Bruce Dern to Appear at Plaza Classic Film Festival

Two-time Academy Award nominee Bruce Dern will appear at this August’s El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival.

Dern will appear for on-stage interviews with Alexander Payne’s Nebraska at 7 p.m. Friday, August 10 and Hal Ashby’s Coming Home at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, August 11, both in the Plaza Theatre. Tickets are $10 for each appearance.

He also will sign autographs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, August 11 in the El Paso Community Foundation’s Foundation Room, 333 North Oregon Street. Admission is free, but there will be a charge for autographs.

Dern, 82, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2013 comedy/drama Nebraska, and Best Supporting Actor for 1978’s Vietnam War-era drama Coming Home. He has roles in three other movies showing at this year’s PCFF, but will not be appearing with them: Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid; Hang ‘Em High; and All the Pretty Horses.

Dern has played a variety of heavies, odd balls, straight men and unusual characters in a career that spans six decades and more than 150 movies and TV shows. They include Black Sunday, The Cowboys, The Great Gatsby, Family Plot, The King of Marvin Gardens, The Hateful Eight and the upcoming Emperor and White Boy Rick.

Bruce Dern joins Ali MacGraw as this year’s PCFF special guests. MacGraw will appear with Love Story at 7 p.m. Friday, August 3 and the El Paso-filmed The Getaway at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, August 4, both in the Plaza Theatre. Tickets are $10 for each. She will sign autographs from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, August 4 in the Foundation Room.

The 11th annual Plaza Classic Film Festival will be August 2-12 in and around the Plaza Theatre and will feature more than 90 movies, including The African Queen, Vertigo, Traffic, Fiddler on the Roof, Amadeus, No Country for Old Men, Tootsie, The Godfather and Glory Road.

Tickets are on sale now at the Plaza Theatre box office, online and 800-745-3000. Festival passes are on sale online as well and via phone at 915-533-4020.

For more information, visit the Plaza Classic Website.

WinterFest Returns, Holiday Movies at the Plaza Begin November 26th

The Holiday Movies at the Plaza Theatre are back for the season and admission is free.

The El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival is teaming up again with WinterFest and Texas Gas Service to show six movies over four Sundays.

In addition to the movies, El Paso Live will again be hosting the WinterFest, presented by The Hospitals of Providence and Providence Children’s Hospital.

Downtown Arts Festival Plaza and surrounding areas will come to life November 18th through January 1st with lights, food, holiday shopping, festivities and the coolest thing of all, an outdoor ice skating rink located near the Plaza Theatre.

Nov. 26
1 pm: A Christmas Story
3:30 pm: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Dec. 3
1 pm: Elf
3:30 pm: The Polar Express

Dec. 10
6 pm: It’s a Wonderful Life

Dec. 31
2:30 pm: Frozen

DMD Asking for Downtown Holiday Stories, Mistletoe Pics for Chance to Win Prizes

Downtown Management District (DMD) officials are inviting all El Pasoans to experience the holidays in the heart of the city.

This year marks many holiday “firsts” for Downtown El Paso (DTEP). It’s the first year the new and improved San Jacinto Plaza will be lit for Christmas and the first year  the new “WinterFest” is in the city’s heart.

Additionally, there are many traditions that will continue, including the Celebration of Lights Parade, and for the third year in a row, the DMD will hang a single downtown mistletoe in front of the Plaza Theatre.

With all the ‘firsts’ and the continuing traditions, the DMD also brings back last year’s social media sensation of pictures under the mistletoe.  Joining the photo contest is a Downtown Holiday Story contest, where residents can submit their best story for a chance to win prizes.

There are two ways to you can enter for a chance to win:

1.     Submit your Downtown Holiday Story to rvasquez@elpasodmd.org (The best stories will be shared on social media and featured in a DowntownElPaso.com INSIDER article on December 15, 2016.)

2.     Submit to us, tag us, or hashtag your picture under the downtown mistletoe! Message our social media: @downtownelpaso on Facebook or Instagram, tag us, or hashtag #EPMistleToeKiss (make sure privacy settings are set to public). We will also share winning photos on our social media and on DowntownElPaso.com.

Prizes will be provided by our sponsors:

Mac’s Place – Gift Certificates

Imperio Real Boutique – Jewelry gift sets

Krystal Jeans – Gift Certificates

Visit El Paso (Skate Passes for Winterfest skating rink) 

The DMD will accept stories and photos for a chance to win giveaways until December 12, 2016.

Plaza Classic Film Festival Accepting Submissions for ‘Local Flavor’ Series

The El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival is now accepting submissions for its Local Flavor series.

The ninth annual Plaza Classic Film Festival will be August 4-14, 2016 in and around the Plaza Theatre in downtown El Paso.

Sponsored by the Texas Film Commission, Local Flavor is the region’s largest showcase of independently made feature, animated, documentary, short and other films from both sides of the border.

According to PCFF officials, “Last year’s screenings in the Foundation Room (333 N. Oregon) were packed. We had to turn people away!”

The deadline for entering is June 30, 2016. Selected entries will be announced in July.

Any type of film — including features, shorts, documentaries, animated, music videos, experimental — may be submitted. No works-in-progress will be accepted. Projects must have been completed after January 1, 2014.

There is no entry fee. We don’t give out prizes. To be considered, your project must be made locally, be locally set or have a local connection (such as an out-of-town director originally from El Paso). Guidelines and submission forms are available at plazaclassic.com/LocalFlavor.

Nearly 80 area projects were submitted last year, with more than 40 shorts and features making the cut. Past Local Flavor series have included Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner series and films by rock musician Omar Rodriguez Lopez and filmmaker Zach Passero.

Send questions to local@plazaclassic.com

Little River Band 40th Anniversary Tour Comes to the Plaza Theatre

After touring the world for 40 years, Little River Band is making a much anticipated return to El Paso. The award-winning group will perform at the Plaza Theatre on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 8:00PM.

Little River Band claimed their place in America as one of the great bands of the ‘70s and ‘80s with powerful vocals, guitar harmonies and dynamic songwriting.

Between 1976 and 1983, their chart successes in the U.S included the following singles: “Reminiscing”, “Lady”, “Cool Change”, “Lonesome Loser”, “It’s a Long Way There”, “Help Is on Its Way”, “Happy Anniversary”, “The Night Owls”, “Take It Easy On Me”, “Man On Your Mind”, “We Two”, and “The Other Guy”.

Little River Band set a record for having hits in the Top 10 for 6 consecutive years and was the first band to achieve that mark. They also garnered a rare status with over 5 million airplays on American radio for “Reminiscing” according to BMI.

Tickets for Little River Band go on sale Friday, October 30 at 10am. Tickets may be purchased at

Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000, and the Plaza Theatre Box Office.

Author: El Paso LIVE!

Plaza again ranked in Top 100 Theatres worldwide

El Paso Live is pleased to announce that The Plaza Theatre was again named one of the top 100 theatres worldwide in ticket sales in 3rd quarter Pollstar reports.

Industry leader Pollstar maintains the world’s largest database of international concert tour information and has the most reliable and accurate worldwide ticket sales results. All figures calculated were for tickets sold worldwide as reported to Pollstar for shows played during the third quarter of 2015.

During this period the Plaza Theatre was ranked 95th on the Pollstar list.

In addition to this weekend’s almost sold out touring performance of Third Day, the Plaza Theatre will also host touring shows of Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández on October 25, The Book of Mormon on November 10-15, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical on December 8-9, Dave Koz on December 15, Ragtime the Musical on December 20, and Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker on December 23-24. In addition to these touring shows, several locally produced performances are on the schedule.

The city-owned Plaza Theatre is managed by the El Paso Live division of Destination El Paso.

Author: EP Live

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