The Plaza Classic Film Festival is movin’ on up — by one week.
The 16th annual edition of the El Paso Community Foundation’s popular movie marathon will be July 20 through 30, 2023 in and around the Plaza Theatre.
That’s a week earlier than normal, the better to reduce overlap with the start of the school year for elementary, middle and high school students, their families, and educators.
It also allows us to bring back some of the children’s and family programming that was reduced for the 2021 and 2022 editions of the festival, which coincided with the earlier start of the school year. Most of that programming was packed into weekends instead of being spread throughout the festival.
The 2022 version of the festival ran July 28-August 7 and featured appearances by special guests Rita Moreno, El Paso native F. Murray Abraham (pictured), fellow El Paso native Germaine Franco (composer for Encanto), MacArthur fellows Cristina Ibarra (a Hanks High School graduate) and Alex Rivera, and Austin documentary filmmaker Iliana Sosa, a Franklin High School product.
Passes for next year’s festival are available at plazaclassic.com/tickets.