Happy new year!
2023 ended on a high note for the El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival. Attendance for our 2023 Holiday Movies at WinterFest totaled 3,516, our third highest turnout since we brought the holiday movies back in 2016 (we also showed them from 2008-2012).
We showed a total of nine movies, seven in the Plaza Theatre, the Holiday Movies’ traditional home, and two at the El Paso Museum Art, a first for the series.
Nearly 24,000 people have attended the free movies since we brought them back in 2016 (we did not show any in 2020 during the COVID-19 lockdown).
This year’s top draws were Home Alone, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Elf, and It’s a Wonderful Life, all of which were screened in the 2,040-seat Plaza Theatre.
We also showed The Polar Express and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation in the Plaza, with Miracle on 34th Street and Frozen in the 220-seat El Paso Energy Auditorium at the El Paso Museum of Art.
We thank everyone who helped out, including our partners at El Paso Live, the City of El Paso, SouthCoast Audio, the El Paso Museum of Art, and organists Rick Garven and Ken Fedorick.
And we thank you taking part in the 2023 Holiday Movies experience!