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Holiday Movies at the Plaza Theatre return for WinterFest

The Pumpkin King, a couple of weary Thanksgiving travelers and one of the world’s most beloved groups of animated toys join the big-screen fun in this year’s Free Holiday Movies at the Plaza Theatre, part of the City of El Paso’s fourth annual WinterFest.

This year’s series — the ninth overall presented by the Plaza Classic Film Festival — opens with Tim Burton’s animated musical The Nightmare Before Christmas, about the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town who gives Christmas a try, at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, November 24 in the Plaza Theatre.

It will be followed at 7 p.m. that day by John Hughes’ Planes, Trains and Automobiles, about two very different holiday travelers (John Candy and Steve Martin) who go to great lengths to get home for Thanksgiving.  Parental note: It is rated R for language.

The series continues December 1 with Chevy Chase in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at 1 p.m., and Robert Zemeckis’ animated favorite The Polar Express at 3:30 p.m.

Will Farrell stars as the adorable, human Elf at 1 p.m. December 8, followed by that Red Ryder-loving Ralphie in A Christmas Story at 3:30 p.m. December 8.

There are no movies on December 15.

They return at 3:30 p.m. December 22 with James Stewart and Donna Reed in Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life.

The free movie series concludes with the Disney Pixar favorite Toy Story, the first computer-animated feature film, at 1 p.m. Sunday, December 29.

In true Plaza Classic style, organists Ken Fedorick, Richard Garven and Laurie Koval will perform on the Plaza Theatre’s original, restored Wyler Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ before each movie.

WinterFest, which includes ice skating in Arts Festival Plaza, runs November 23 through January 5.

Texas Gas Service is sponsoring the free movies in partnership with the El Paso Community Foundation, the Plaza Classic Film Festival and El Paso Live.

WinterFest is presented by The Hospitals of Providence and Providence Children’s Hospitals.

Cine Fantástico returns to Plaza Theatre with 3 classic Mexican films during Chalk the Block

Cine Fantástico, El Paso’s free celebration of popular Mexican film, returns to the Plaza Theatre during the upcoming Chalk the Block festival.

The 2019 edition of Cine Fantástico – set for Saturday, October 12 – is a project of the Paso del Norte Community Foundation and part of the annual Downtown arts festival Chalk the Block.

Cine Fantástico will also feature two more classics of popular Mexican cinema, Santo Contra Hombres Infernales (1961) and Mexico’s first horror film, La Llorona (1933).

In Cine Fantástico’s inaugural year, the masked Mexican hero El Santó’s restored 1961 film Santo Contra Cerebro del Mal returned to the big screen. This year, a masked female hero returns in a restored version of 1968’s The Batwoman (La Mujer Murciélago), in Spanish with English subtitles.

García Besné will participate in Q&A’s, led by El Paso film host and Cine Fantástico co-founder Charles Horak, before each film.

The screenings spotlight García Besné and the Permanencia Voluntaria Film Archive’s work to preserve and restore popular Mexican films produced by her family and others. The event also shines a light on El Paso’s rich film history and ties to the Mexican film industry.

The event will begin with a screening of La Llorona at 1 p.m. La Llorona was directed by Ramón Peón and produced by José Calderón. Public fascination in Mexico with the story of “the wailing woman” made it the right choice as the subject for the first Mexican horror film.

For Spanish-speaking movie audiences it was the perfect answer to Hollywood’s vampires, werewolves and mummies. As the ghostly Llorona hovers while uttering her spine-chilling howl “¡Ay, mis hijos…!”…the legend is brought to chilling life for the first time on film.

At 4 p.m., El Santo returns in Santo Contra Hombres Infernales. Made simultaneously with Santo Contra Cerebro del Mal by director Joselito Rodriguez and producer by Jorge García Besné, this second film starring the legendary masked wrestler is a rare and historically important film.

Made in Cuba on the eve of the revolution, Santo Contra Hombres Infernales helped launch the movie career of El Santo, the real life Mexican wrestler who became an international star with more than 50 sequels that followed.

“The future slayer of Aztecs, mummies, vampires, aliens and evil-doers of every variety had to start somewhere…and this is that film!” Cine Fantástico officials add.

The feature attraction The Batwoman (La Mujer Murciélago), begins at 7 p.m. Directed by René Cardona and produced by Guillermo Calderón, the mysterious Batwoman (the masked and very sexy alter-ego of a wealthy socialite) is brought in to help crack the case of a string of murders befalling wrestlers around the world and forcing the Mexican authorities to partner with the American FBI.

Discovering that each luchador victim has been drained of cerebral fluid, Batwoman discovers a mad scientist using the fluid to create a powerful man-fish hybrid that has more than a passing resemblance to The Creature From The Black Lagoon.

A favorite film of Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, The Batwoman has been newly restored in all its colorful glory by the Permanencia Voluntaria Film Archive.

Generous local donors and funds raised during last year’s Cine Fantastico screening of Santo Contra Cerebro del Mal at the Plaza Theatre made the restoration of The Batwoman possible.

The Permanencia Voluntaria Film Archive is also partnered with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to help preserve and restore the rich archive of Mexican popular films, much of which was nearly lost during the Mexico City earthquake in 2017.

All movies are free and shown in Spanish with English subtitles.

Cine Fantástico is presented by the Permanencia Voluntaria Film Fund, a nonprofit created in partnership with the Paso del Norte Community Foundation to build awareness for the ongoing preservation work of Mexico’s Permanencia Voluntaria Film Archive, founded by special guest Viviana García Besné. 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 Calderón brothers and their descendants 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.

Disney, Pixar’s Coco set to come to life at Plaza Theatre with El Paso Symphony Orchestra

To celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), the El Paso Symphony Orchestra is giving new life to one of Disney/Pixar’s most beloved films: Coco.

“We are so thrilled to bring this unique film and event that celebrates the traditions, love for culture and family that our community holds dear!” says Ruth Ellen Jacobson, Executive Director.  “Being able to present it on Dia de los Muertos day, Saturday, November 2, 2019, made perfect sense.”

Conductor James Welsch will lead the El Paso Symphony Orchestra performing Michael Giacchino’s beautiful score on the Plaza Theatre stage, while the award-winning film plays on a screen above the orchestra.

The film Coco is set during the Diá de los Muertos, the Mexican holiday of remembrance.  It tells the story of a boy named Miguel and his music-filled journey to the “Land of the Dead” where he meets his ancestors and uncovers a hidden secret about his family.

The special performance is scheduled for Saturday, November 2, 2019, 7:30pm at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 13, 2019 at 10am.

Ticket prices are $60, $55, $45 and $25 plus fees.

Tickets may be purchased online, at the symphony’s website, at the Plaza Theatre box office or by calling the EPSO office at (915) 532-3776.

The El Paso Symphony Orchestra is supported in part by the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Presentation licensed by Disney and Pixar.

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 (The best stories will be shared on social media and featured in a 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

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

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

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, 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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