Come early, stay late, repeat.
We’ve created a number of ticketing options so you can enjoy a little or a lot (we recommend the latter). You can buy individual tickets, a Festival Pass, or, if you’re a high school student with a love for movies, you can join our Plaza Classic Film Club.
The Festival Pass and Film Club provide preferred access to all PCFF screenings, talks and events. Show up, flash your pass and you’re in. Just remember you need to reserve your seats in advance for our screenings in the Philanthropy Theatre. The Festival Pass is transferable, so if you can’t make all the Plaza Classic’s events and screenings, share it with friends! See all the perks that come with your pass in the Tickets & Passes tab on this site.
For those joining us from out of town — or locals that want to totally immerse themselves — stay at the Hotel Paso del Norte (formerly the Camino Real Hotel, just across the street from the festival site), the DoubleTree by Hilton (three blocks to the north) and a growing list of downtown hotels. See our Accommodations page for more information.
Each Pass holder will receive a copy of a commemorative program on the Plaza Theatre, preferred access to all screenings (so you can pick your favorite seat), a chance to reserve seats in advance for Philanthropy Theatre events, selected discounts and invitations to:
• Private receptions for the Plaza Classic Film Festival collaborative exhibits with the El Paso Museum of History and the El Paso Museum of Art.
• A private reception with one of our celebrity guests.
• The Opening Night VIP screening at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 3 in the Plaza Theatre’s Kendle Kidd Performance Hall.
• Your Festival Pass will also bring you discounts on food and drinks at local eateries.
• The Plaza Classic Film Festival commemorative poster.
You can order a Festival Pass (or Passes) by clicking on the link on the Tickets & Passes page.
Yes. Feel free to loan your pass to a friend, family member or anyone else who can use it. The Festival Pass is fully transferable and is your ticket for admission (no matter whose neck it’s hanging around).
All of our events are conveniently located in El Paso’s Downtown Arts District, just a few blocks from the downtown exits from Interstate 10. The majority of movies are scheduled for the Plaza Theatre and the adjacent Philanthropy Theatre. We also will have events at the El Paso Public Library, the El Paso Museum of Art, the El Paso Museum of History, outdoors on Oregon Street near San Jacinto Plaza and on the top floor of the Mills Plaza Parking Garage) and inside the El Paso Community Foundation’s Foundation Room, our banquet facility.
There are numerous parking garages within a few blocks of the theater, so can park your car inexpensively and hang out with us all day. The closest are:
• The Mills Plaza Parking Garage on Oregon Street (between Franklin and Main) • The Convention Center parking garage on Santa Fe Street (between San Antonio and Main) • The Hotel Paso del Norte parking garage on El Paso Street (across from the Plaza Theatre) • The Union Plaza Transit Terminal on San Antonio Street (south of the Convention Center)
Parking prices vary.
Many of the film selections are appropriate for the whole family. Most of the movies we’re showing in the Philanthropy Theatre during the day, in fact, were programmed especially for kids and families.
In most cases, we have scheduled films that may not be appropriate for children in later time slots and/or at times when there are other options provided.
Most films have an MPAA rating, though many older films are not rated, which are listed on the schedule in your program (if you’re not sure, check). We don’t want to impose our own criteria on what you take your family to, but we will be enforcing the rating system and have noted specifically where age restrictions will be applied, mainly to R-rated movies.
We want the Plaza Classic Film Festival to be as comfortable and enjoyable as possible for all our attendees and that may mean, in some cases, minors won’t be able to attend certain films that contain adult material.
Yes – but we’re not baby-sitters. Feel free to bring your appropriately-aged kids down and drop them off. But we do mean “appropriately-aged”! You’re the best judge of the maturity of your children, so we’ll leave that decision up to you.
Better still, consider the Festival as a great opportunity to take a day off from work and enjoy the last days of summer along with your kids. The air-conditioning is free.
Please note: The Plaza Theatre is an historical landmark and our staff will make sure all attendees respect this remarkable venue.
If you haven’t been to the Plaza Theatre before — or at least not in a while — we’d recommend you leave ample time to park your car and enjoy a leisurely stroll to the Plaza. We typically begin seating guests 20 to 30 minutes before show time. Some of our popular evening and weekend shows will be full, so don’t be discouraged if you see a long line forming. The Plaza’s Kendle Kidd Performance Hall seats 2,050! Once we start letting ticket holders in, it doesnt take long to find a seat.
We do recommend you purchase tickets or Festival Passes as early as possible.
The Festival runs Aug. 3-13, 2017. The El Paso Chihuahuas will open a home stand at Southwest University Park Aug. 11-14, so give yourself a little more time to park and walk over.
Several parking options are listed on this FAQ page.
Festival Pass holders will have an Express line, but we still recommend getting here a little early to insure your favorite seat is available.
Yes and no. Feel free to eat and drink all you want outside the Plaza Theatre and in the entrance hall, but there is no eating allowed inside the theater — please don’t test our ushers by sneaking food in. The Plaza Theatre, which opened in 1930 and was restored in 2006, is a regional treasure that has undergone a $38 million dollar restoration, expansion and certification as an historic Landmark. Please respect the theater and all of its spaces so that we can all enjoy the Plaza for many years to come.
If you’d like to eat or enjoy a libation prior to a screening or unwind with friends after, try Anson 11, Starbucks or TCBY Yogurt/Mrs. Fields Cookies inside the Mills Building next door, Cafe Central (behind the Plaza Hotel), the Dome Bar in the Hotel Paso del Norte or other nearby establishments.
See our Accommodations page for locations of restaurants and bars in the immediate vicinity. We encourage Festival attendees to enjoy a meal between films at one of the growing list of eateries in the area.
Anywhere you like (except in the theaters). We encourage all Festival attendees to watch multiple movies and enjoy a snack, lunch or dinner at one of the many restaurants and bars in the area. Check out the Accommodations page for a few ideas.
Absolutely. During the course of the Festival, our wonderful team of volunteer organists will be performing on the restored Wyler Mighty Wurlitzer organ before each film screening in the Plaza Theatre and off and on during the free Plaza Days programs on August 3 and 10. We are fortunate to have the Plaza’s original, rare and fully restored theatrical organ, so come early and enjoy some great music on the Plaza’s Mighty Wurlitzer.
And don’t miss master organist Walter Strony when he returns to the PCFF to accompany a silent movie.
Right next door to the Plaza Theatre. The Philanthropy Theatre is a state-of-the-art digital cinema that is part of the Plaza Theatre Annex. It’s on the second floor, above the box office. The Philanthropy Theatre’s entrance is located between the Plaza Box Office and the Plaza Theatre’s main entrance just under the marquee. The Philanthropy Theatre seats 191 people and has the latest in high-definition projection.
We’ll show a mixture of children’s movies, foreign films, documentaries and movies with local connections there.
Yes and no. Since we are the world’s largest classic film festival, we try to show 35mm film prints of many of the titles scheduled for the Plaza Theatre’s Kendle Kidd Performance Hall. We’ve worked hard to procure the best available film prints of each title and we’re pleased that the major Hollywood studios have provided us with mostly archival film prints when possible. But a number of the screenings will take advantage of newly produced, digitally restored versions of our favorite classics. These will be noted in the program and on the website.
In the Philanthropy Theatre, the El Paso Museum of Art’s Energy Auditorium, the El Paso Public Library and the Foundation Room, we will present digital screenings of all titles listed for these venues.
The outdoor films also will be digital screenings.
We hope to have some surpluses from the Festival, but this is a non-profit event and a special project of the El Paso Community Foundation. Most of the Festival staff are volunteers and the El Paso Community Foundation devotes enormous resources and expertise to making the Plaza Classic a success. Any surpluses the Festival may generate go directly to the Plaza Classic Film Fund, which is managed by the El Paso Community Foundation. Our goal is to build this fund in the coming years and use it as a funding source for local film-makers, alternative festivals and other film initiatives. So your support of the festival (through sponsorships, donations, and ticket purchases) will help insure there are more film projects and festival opportunities in the future.
Remember, all donations, underwriting and sponsorships are tax-deductible! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 915-533-4020 if you’d like to make a contribution. Any time!
We are accepting contributions and underwriting support for the Festival.
If you’d like to help sponsor a film or event, please contact us through the Contact page, email us at email@example.com or call the El Paso Community Foundation at 915-533-4020.
Absolutely! This is our 10th anniversary year! The Plaza Classic Film Festival is the world’s largest festival devoted to classic cinema. With your help, we hope to keep the Festival growing for years to come. So invite your out-of-town friends as well.
Sure. But be forewarned: we’re showing some of the greatest films ever made — in the region’s finest cinema venue. Don’t be surprised if some features are sold out prior to show time, or if there are long lines at the box office. The best way to guarantee admission is to buy your tickets early! You can get them at the box office, Ticketmaster.com and Ticketmaster outlets.
Festival Passes are available by clicking the link on the Tickets & Passes tab or calling 915-533-4020.
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Absolutely, and we can help coordinate group ticket sales. Just call the El Paso Community Foundation at 915-533-4020, go to the Contact page (preferably before the Festival begins) or inquire at the Plaza Theatre’s box office.
Oh yeah. Feel free to explore the entire range of seating options in the Plaza Theatre, including the balcony. We suggest you sit in different seats for each feature presentation so you can check out the wide range of perspectives the Plaza offers. The screen is huge, so you’ll get quite a view wherever you sit. Experiment.
It’s 44 feet wide! It’s also mounted on an armature so we can store it, intact, in the Plaza’s huge fly loft.
Because 11 days and 90 titles seems like a lot of time and space to play all our favorite films – it’s not. We think we’ve done a pretty good job of programming a diverse list of important and classic films, but there’s still plenty of great titles for next year (and the year after, and the year after…).
Some did, some didn’t, some we’re not sure about. A complete list of all the films that played at the Plaza doesn’t exist. The Plaza opened as a first-run movie palace in 1930 and closed in the ’70s. “The Exorcist” was one of the last first-run commercial movies to play there, so few titles released after that would have been seen there — until now.
Nope, don’t even think about bringing your 5-, 6-, 7-, 8-year old etc. As you’ll see in the Schedule, we may have a few adult-oriented features for which minors are specifically excluded from attending. Also, late show R-rated films will be monitored for compliance with standard MPAA rating guidelines. We ask you use good judgment in what your child should see and how their attendance may impact the enjoyment of others in the theater.