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"Jurassic Park" is sold out


August 04

Tonight’s showing of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park is SOLD OUT!

It is the first of two nights of Plaza Classic Film Festival movie presentations in the northeast parking lot of the El Paso County Coliseum. PCFF On Tour is showing *Selena *there on August 5.

Admission opens at 7:30 pm. The program begins at 8:30 pm.

Tickets for the Plaza Classic Film Festival drive-in movies are $25 per vehicle, on sale at plazaclassic.com/tickets and plazaclassic.com/schedule.

After two nights at the Coliseum, PCFF On Tour ventures to The Hospitals of Providence East Campus, near Joe Battle and Edgemere, for the 1956 version of Godzilla, King of the Monsters! on August 6 and a double bill of Young Frankenstein and 1931’s Frankenstein on August 7. The tour ends with two nights at Hangar 7 Studios on the northwest corner of the El Paso International Airport, with a double bill of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Hedwig and the Angry Inch *on August 8 and *Casablanca on August 9.


Automatic refunds available for 'Smokey and the Bandit' cancellation


August 02

Due to unusually high winds that blew the screen down Saturday night, the Plaza Classic Film Festival’s outdoor presentation of Smokey and the Bandit was canceled before the movie’s completion.

The El Paso Community Foundation, which produces the festival, automatically will make full refunds to those who purchased tickets to Saturday’s drive-in movie at the El Paso Community College’s Valle Verde campus.

Patrons who purchased tickets will receive an email message regarding refunds, which should take 7 to 10 business days to process, beginning Monday, August 3, 2020. No action is required on the ticket holder’s part.

The movie will not be rescheduled.

The Plaza Classic Film Festival On Tour drive-in movie series will resume with tonight’s screening of The Birds at 8:30 p.m. August 2, 2020 at Camp Cohen Water Park (formerly Cohen Stadium).

For tickets and a schedule of the remaining Plaza Classic Film Festival’s drive-in movies, go to plazaclassic.com/schedule.

For more information, call the Plaza Theatre Box Office at 915-231-1100.


PCFF announces Local Flavor 2020 selections


August 01

The 13th annual Plaza Classic Film Festival will stream 13 shorts in this year’s Local Flavor showcase of locally made or connected films.

Genres represented in this year’s Texas Film Commission-sponsored showcase include narrative drama, comedy and thriller, documentary and music video.

This year’s selections will be divided into two programming blocks. Local Flavor I will stream at 7 pm August 7. Local Flavor II will stream at 7 pm August 8.

Both will stream on plazaclassic.com.

Each program will be followed by filmmaker Q&As conducted by Local Flavor curators and filmmakers Zach Passero and Lucky McKee.

The contents of each programming block and the remaining Plaza Classic Film Festival Online schedule will be announced soon. It runs August 5-9 on plazaclassic.com. The Plaza Classic Film Festival On Tour, a series of pop-up drive-ins, runs July 30-August 9 at various locations around El Paso. Click here for details.

This year’s Local Flavor picks are:

El Chacharero
Documentary
Krisstian de Lara, director
6:37

Stillborn
Drama (pictured)
Brandon Gass, director
9:43

The Music Box
Drama
Ryan Riddle, director
24:17

How to Make Kimchi (or How to Be Korean)
Documentary
Jonathan Lee, director
13:43

Reply All
Comedy
Josh Pulido, director
8:05

Seen City
Music video
Carlos H. Tejeda, director
4:32

Curarto Obscuro Paso del Norte
Drama
J. Genaro Limon, director
5:13

En Tus Brasos Esta Noche (In Your Arms Tonight)
Drama
Jonathan Gonzales, director
24:12

A Long Walk Home
Experimental
Seth Van Matre, director
6:57

The Noise and the Silence
Drama
Jon-Carlo Diaz, director
2:31

Goin’ For Picture
Comedy
Ryan Riddle, director
13:35

Un Dia Mas (One More Day)
Comedy
Carlos H. Tejeda, director
1:00

Slow Suicide
Music video
Trey L. Broomfield, director; Rodolfo Rodriguez, producer
3:45

In addition, a special out-of-competition screening of Joshua Lozano’s Rest Stop, an adaptation of a Stephen King short story, will screen at 3:30 pm Saturday, August 8 on plazaclassic.com. It will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.

The Local Flavor Awards will be announced and screened at 1 pm Sunday, August 9 on plazaclassic.com. The $1,000 Local Flavor Award and $500 second prize award winners will be screened. The Audience Favorite Award will be announced soon after on the PCFF website.

More than 40 films were submitted for this year’s Local Flavor showcase.


Shark gets belly full — "Jaws" is sold out


July 31

Tonight’s double-feature of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws and Charlie Chaplin’s silent classic The Kid is SOLD OUT!

The double bill is part of the 13th annual Plaza Classic Film Festival, presented by the El Paso Community Foundation, and the second night of our 11-day drive-in movie series at various locations around town.

After a full house (parking lot) for *Yellow Submarine *Thursday at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, the “Plaza Classic Film Festival On Tour” travels to the El Paso Community College Valle Verde campus. The parking lot is on the east side of the campus, just off the Hunter Drive/Taxco entrance.

Admission opens at 7:30 pm. The show starts at 8:30 pm.

Tonight’s show is generously sponsored by GECU.

Patrons are required to stay in their vehicles, and wear masks if they have to step outside of their vehicles. Social distancing measures will be in place! Bring your own vittles as there are no food concessions. Portable restrooms will be available, with hand-washing stations.

The series continues Saturday with a double feature of Smokey and the Bandit and the Marx Brothers’ Duck Soup, sponsored by Tammy Vasilatos CPA.

Tickets are $25 per vehicle, on sale at plazaclassic.com/tickets or plazaclassic.com/schedule. The drive-in movies run through August 9 and include screenings of The Birds, E.T., Jurassic Park, Selena and more.

The Plaza Classic Online runs August 5 through 9 and includes screenings of Khalid’s Free Spirit, Amadeus (with a virtual appearance by Oscar-winner and former El Pasoan F. Murray Abraham), Paul Espinosa’s Singin’ Our Way to Freedom and the Local Flavor film showcase.


Full deck for "Yellow Submarine"


July 28

The Plaza Classic Film Festival’s opening night drive-in movie showing of the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing is SOLD OUT!

It’s the musical opening of an 11-night magical mystery tour of local parking lots, featuring some of the biggest summer blockbusters and greatest classic movies.

After the Ardovino’s DC stop, the tour heads to the El Paso Community College Valle Verde campus, where we’ll show Jaws and Charlie Chaplin’s 1921 silent The Kid at 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 31, sponsored by GECU, and Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit on a double bill with the Marx Brothers’ Duck Soup at 8:30 p.m. August 1, sponsored by Tammy Vasilatos CPA.

Admission is $25 per vehicle. Click here for the rest of the schedule and ticket links.