Midway and Mockingbird!
PLAZA DAYS Open House, 11am-12:30pm, Kendle Kidd Performance Hall. Enjoy a free presentation of music on the theater’s Mighty Wurlitzer Organ followed by a special selection of cartoons and film shorts.
To Be or not To Be, 1pm, Kendle Kidd Performance Hall – A comedy about WWII? Yes, it works with Ernst Lubitsch directing Carole Lombard and Jack Benny in this film about a Warsaw acting troupe who outfox Hitler himself!
Midway, 3pm, Kendle Kidd Performance Hall – Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn, Hal Holbrook, Robert Mitchum, and Toshirô Mifune star in this dramatic retelling of the Battle of Midway, a turning point in the Pacific theater of WWII.
Courage of Lassie, 1:30, Philanthropy Theatre – Following up on the success of the first Lassie film, a young Elizabeth Taylor stars in this tale of a courageous collie named Bill.
Love Before Breakfast, 3:30, Philanthropy Theatre – This romantic comedy stars Cesar Romero and Carole Lombard at her zany best.
Alexander Nevsky, 6:30 Philanthropy Theatre – With a musical score by Sergei Prokofiev, this film calls upon a Prince from the past to heroically inspire the Russian people to fight against the Nazi enemies of 1938.
Local Flavor: Kids-N-Co, 5pm, El Paso Museum of Art – Local filmmaker Tito Arenal captures the talent of local youth in this shorts collection from the theater troupe at Kids-N-Co.
To Kill a Mockingbird, 7pm, Kendle Kidd Performance Hall – Based on the classic American novel by Harper Lee, this equally classic film captures the racial tension of Depression era Alabama with the struggles of a single father fighting to raise his kids in a world of turmoil. Don’t miss the newly restored, 50th Anniversary edition of this film, with a special guest appearance by Oscar nominated actress Mary Badham, who played the young, strong willed Scout in the movie.
Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, 9pm, Mills Parking Garage Drive In/Walk Up – You can probably quote lines from this irreverent, ribald film by the British comedy group Monty Python, so come watch the madness again at the Plaza Classic Film Festival’s version of drive in movies.