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Festival Pass on sale now

November 24

A holiday tradition continues. Our Festival Pass is now on sale.

It’s a great gift for the film lover in your circle of family and friends.

Normally $200, the pass includes admission to almost every ticketed event during the El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival, which will be July 18-28, 2024. With celebrity guests (like Edward James Olmos, pictured, in 2023) and about 100 movies over the festival’s 11-day run, that’s a lot of bang for your bucks.

That’s not all. It also includes invitations to special events, an express entry line (so you don’t have to wait in line) and discounts at various businesses near the Plaza Theatre.

The Festival Pass is on sale now at the discounted price of $175.

Go to plazaclassic.com/tickets or call 915-533-4020 to make your purchase now.

The sale ends at 11:59 pm Sunday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve).

And don’t forget: our free Holiday Movies at WinterFest open Sunday, November 26 with Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas at 1 pm and Home Alone at 3:30 pm in the Plaza Theatre, followed by Elf (1 pm) and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (3:30 pm) on December 3 in the Plaza Theatre, Miracle on 34th Street at 3 pm December 9 at the El Paso Museum of Art, Frozen at 3 pm December 16 at EPMA, The Polar Express (1 pm) and Ron Howard’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas (3:30 pm) on Dec. 21 in the Plaza Theatre, and a 1 pm matinee of It’s a Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve in the Plaza Theatre.

The Holiday Movies are FREE. No tickets are needed. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Holiday Movies return to Plaza Theatre!

November 13

The El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival’s FREE Holiday Movies return to the Plaza Theatre — and expand to the El Paso Museum of Art.

Part of the City of El Paso’s eighth annual WinterFest, the Plaza Classic’s 12th seasonal series features anniversary screenings of The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Elf (2003), and Frozen (2013), plus the return of It’s a Wonderful Life after a one-year hiatus.

The series begins Sunday, November 26 and runs on various days through Sunday, December 24.

All movies are FREE. No tickets are required.

Seating is first-come, first-served.

The Holiday Movies at the Plaza Theatre will be presented “Plaza Classic style,” including a 30-minute performance by Richard Garven on the Wyler Mighty Wurliltzer Pipe Organ before each movie.

The movies are presented in partnership with El Paso Live and the El Paso Museum of Art. Go to plazaclassic.com/schedule for details.

WinterFest runs November 18-January 1.

Here’s the Holiday Movies schedule:

Plaza Theatre Kendle Kidd Performance Hall

1 pm: The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG)
3:30 pm: Home Alone (PG)

Plaza Theatre Kendle Kidd Performance Hall

1 pm: Elf (PG)
3:30 pm: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (PG-13)

El Paso Museum of Art EP Energy Auditorium
3 pm: Miracle on 34th Street (Not rated)

El Paso Museum of Art EP Energy Auditorium
3 pm: Frozen (PG)

Plaza Theatre Kendle Kidd Performance Hall
1 pm: The Polar Express (G)
3:30 pm: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (PG)

Plaza Theatre Kendle Kidd Performance Hall
1 pm: It’s a Wonderful Life (PG)

Oculto Horror Film Fest expands into El Paso this weekend

October 10

The Oculto Horror Film Fest celebrates its fifth anniversary and El Paso debut on October 13-14 in the Philanthropy Theatre by celebrating one of the leading creature actors in horror — Doug Jones.

Jones will take part in a Q&A at 6 pm Friday, October 13 before a screening of Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth at 7 pm in the Philanthropy Theatre, inside the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre. He also will appear at a meet-and-greet at 9 pm Friday at the Mesa Street Grill, 3800 N. Mesa. The versatile Jones will receive Oculto’s Lifetime Achievement Award at 9 pm Saturday, October 14 on the Alcantar Sky Garden, part of the Plaza Theatre complex. A ticket is required for all events with Jones.

The Indianapolis-born Jones, 63, has played various creatures, monsters, and ghouls in more than 50 films and television series, including del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water, Hellboy, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, and Mimic. Other notable credits include movies Hocus Pocus and Hocus Pocus 2, Mystery Men, Batman Returns, and Adaptation, and TV series Star Trek: Discovery and What We Do in the Shadows.

The festival continues at 5:30 pm Saturday, October 14 with a screening of the 1986 horror cult classic Chopping Mall, which will be narrated Mystery Science Theater 3000-style by Juarez comedy podcasters Leyendas Legendarias.

The Oculto 2023 Official Film Selections program at 7 pm features 18 shorts by filmmakers from around the region and world. Both events are in the Philanthropy Theatre. Tickets are required for admission.

Tickets are $30 for one day, $50 for both days, on sale at the Plaza Theatre Box Office and Ticketmaster.com.

This is the fifth year for the Juarez-based Oculto, but its first in El Paso. The international festival, which is an affiliate of the El Paso Community Foundation, was started by a group of filmmakers and creatives, led by filmmaker Carlos “Cabe” Tejeda. Their mission is to promote horror cinema and the Borderland region.

The Juarez edition will be Oct. 20-22, with coverage on Mexican TV channels 44 and 66 from Oct. 26-28.

Donations may be made at epcf.org/oculto.

PCFF partnering on The Film Race — Borderland Edition Closing Ceremony

September 15

Three teams. Five days. One $10,000 winner.

The Film Race — Borderland Edition is on.

Based on earlier Film Races in Illinois and Indiana, The Film Race — Borderland Edition is a reality-based film competition that pits three five-member film teams from El Paso and Ciudad Juarez against one another. It is produced by Film 765.

The three competing teams will have their films screened and the $10,000 winner will be announced at the Closing Ceremony at 7 p.m. September 26 in the Plaza Theatre, sponsored by the El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival. It is FREE and open to the public.

Gyro Studios (led by Josh Pulido), Human Beans (Alecs Roman), and Intelia Films (Roberto Ramirez) will showcase the beauty that is El Paso by shooting their films from September 15 to 19 at various locations in El Paso and Socorro.

The films, which can run no longer than 12 minutes, must be edited and submitted by September 22. Each team will be accompanied by a film crew to capture all the behind-the-scenes action and drama.

All three films will be judged by a panel of film and TV industry veterans, including actors Rae Dawn Chong (The Color Purple) and Misha Kushnetsov (Stranger Things). Also on the panel are: producer-director Naveen A. Chathapuram; actor-director-writer Myles Clohessy; El Paso-born actor/producer Damon Dayoub; Camera Ambassador founder Erica Duffy; and Pride of Gypsies producer James Mendoza.

The finished films and behind-the-scenes footage will be shown in the Closing Ceremony on September 26.

The Film Race — Borderland Edition is sponsored by the El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival, Flo Networks, El Paso County, Destination El Paso, Hunt Companies, JKB Family Limited Partnership, Rudolph Auto Group, and Tammy Vasilatos CPA.

To donate to The Film Race, go to epcf.org/filmrace.

PCFF announces 2024 dates

August 22

The El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival returns for its 17th year from July 18-July 28 of 2024.

This year’s 16th annual edition was a huge success. We hosted celebrity guests Edward James Olmos (pictured at a private reception for passholders on July 28) and Helen Hunt, and the world premiere of Isaac Artenstein’s The People of the Crossing: The Jews of El Paso. We sold out the I’ll Have What She’s Having Dinner before a screening of When Harry Met Sally. And, by moving ahead of the start of school, we were able to show more children’s movies, many of which sold out or came close to it.

We celebrated El Paso filmmakers Lucky McKee and Zach Passero, as well as Hector Gallardo’s Subharmonic City Productions, the 7th annual Femme Frontera Showcase, documentaries from NMSU’s Gila Film School and handed out more than $4,000 in prize money to local filmmakers and screenwriters in our annual Local Flavor showcase and PCFF Screenwriting Competition.

We watched in amazement as Walt Strony worked his magic on the Wyler Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ accompanying Buster Keaton’s Steamboat Bill Jr., and as four all-female groups from the first You Rock! Music Camp (aged from 10 to 16) rocked out onstage before a free outdoor showing of School of Rock.

Did you know that we had audience members from more than 60 cities outside of the El Paso/Ciudad Juarez/Las Cruces borderland region? We had visitors from New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Austin, New Orleans, Denver, and Seattle.

We thank our passholders, audiences and our sponsors for making the world’s largest classic film festival a truly feel-good event and important part of El Paso’s cultural landscape.

Passes for the 2024 film festival are on sale now. Click here for details.