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PCFF goes to 'Casablanca' for 10th anniversary

May 3

A long, beautiful relationship continues when the El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival brings back the classic World War II-era romance Casablanca.

It was the first prime-time feature shown at the first PCFF, then known as The Movies Return to the Plaza Theatre, in 2008, and we brought it back in 2012.

This year’s film festival, our 10th annual, will be August 3-13 in and around the Plaza Theatre. We’re playing it again, Sam, by bringing back some of our “greatest hits” to mark the occasion.

The three-time Academy Award winner starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman is one of 10 movies we are announcing today.

The others are:

Singin’ in the Rain, shown during the first and 2010 editions of PCFF, will be part of a tribute to El Paso native (and PCFF 2010 headliner) Debbie Reynolds

Citizen Kane, the 1941 Orson Welles classic, shown at PCFF 2010 and 2013, is considered one of the best movies ever made

The Graduate, a new, 50th anniversary restoration of the Dustin Hoffmann classic, which we showed in 2009 and 2013

Jaws, which scared the wits out of the PCFF audience in 2010, returns in a 2012 restoration

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, starring the late Gene Wilder as the impish candy man, tickled audiences at PCFF 2009 and 2012

The Treasure of Sierra Madre, the first movie ever shown at PCFF, will be the first one we show this year

Monty Python’s Life of Brian, makes its PCFF debut

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, the 1997 Mike Myers spy spoof also makes its PCFF debut (but tickets will not cost $1 million)

The Atomic Cafe, the 1982 documentary that found humor and tragedy in Cold War propaganda

Local Flavor submissions open for PCFF 2017

March 1

The El Paso Community Foundation’s 10th annual Plaza Classic Film Festival is now accepting submissions for Local Flavor, the region’s largest showcase of locally made and connected films.

The non-competitive film series, which is generously sponsored by the Texas Film Commission, features short and feature-length films of various types, including fiction, documentary, animated, experimental and music video.

There is no entry fee. It’s FREE. The entry deadline is June 9, 2017.

Submissions may be made here.

Any type of film may be submitted. No works-in-progress will be accepted. Projects must have been completed after January 1, 2015 and must be made locally, be locallyl set or have a local connection (such as a director originally from El Paso).

Entries selected for the Local Flavor series will be announced in July.

The 10th annual Plaza Classic Film Festival will be August 3-13, 2017 in and around the Plaza Theatre in downtown El Paso.

Call 915-533-4020 or email us at local@plazaclassic.com for more information.

2017 passes on sale now

January 10

A Festival Pass is one of the best ways to enjoy the Plaza Classic Film Festival, and help underwrite it!

The 10th anniversary of the El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival will be August 3-13, 2017 in and around the Plaza Theatre. We will celebrate all of the things that have made this festival so special since it began in 2008.

A Festival Pass is the best way to enjoy many of the more than 90 movies we show each year is with a Festival Pass. For $200, you get admission to all ticketed movies, a jump-the-line express lane, invitations to private events, discounts at nearby businesses and more.

They are on sale now.

We also offer a limited number of Film Club passes, which are for high school students, ages 14 to 18, with a strong interest in film. They are $100.

You may purchase your passes at plazaclassic.com/tickets, or by calling 915-533-4020.

Plaza Classic Film Festival pass sale

December 14

The Plaza Classic Film Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2017.

Get a jump start on next year’s festival with a Festival Pass, which includes admission to all ticketed events, an express lane for admission, invitations to private receptions and more.

Festival passes are on sale now through December 31, 2016 for $175. Call 915-533-4020 or go to plazaclassic.com/tickets.

Holiday movies return to the Plaza!!

December 1

For the first time in four years, the El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival is bringing back the Holiday Movies at the Plaza Theatre, sponsored by One Source Federal Credit Union.

Part of El Paso Live’s new WinterFest, we’ll spread some family-friendly holiday cheer by showing old and not-so-old Christmas favorites including It’s a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, Home Alone and The Santa Clause — three movies on Friday, December 16, and three more on Sunday, December 18.

Tickets are ONLY $2! They go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, December 2 at the Plaza Theatre box office, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com and 800-745-3000.

And in true Plaza Classic style, organists Ken Fedorick, Richard Garven and Laurie Koval will play half-hour sets before each movie on the Plaza Theatre’s original, restored Wyler Mighty Wurlitzer Organ.

Friday, December 16

1 p.m. — A Christmas Story (1983)

3:30 p.m. — Home Alone (1990)

7 p.m. — It’s a Wonderful Life (1946, 70th anniversary)

Sunday, December 18

1 p.m. — The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

3:30 p.m. — White Christmas (1954)

6 p.m. — The Santa Clause (1994)

The El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival returns for its 10th anniversary August 3-13, 2017 in and around the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre.