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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
Krisstian de Lara, director

Drama (pictured)
Brandon Gass, director

The Music Box
Ryan Riddle, director

How to Make Kimchi (or How to Be Korean)
Jonathan Lee, director

Reply All
Josh Pulido, director

Seen City
Music video
Carlos H. Tejeda, director

Curarto Obscuro Paso del Norte
J. Genaro Limon, director

En Tus Brasos Esta Noche (In Your Arms Tonight)
Jonathan Gonzales, director

A Long Walk Home
Seth Van Matre, director

The Noise and the Silence
Jon-Carlo Diaz, director

Goin’ For Picture
Ryan Riddle, director

Un Dia Mas (One More Day)
Carlos H. Tejeda, director

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

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.

PCFF On Tour Drive-in FAQs

July 24

We hope you have a lot of fun watching the outdoor movies at this year’s 13th annual Plaza Classic Film Festival, produced by the El Paso Community Foundation. Due to the pandemic, we are taking extra precautions to make sure everyone has a safe experience. The emphasis will be on staying in your vehicles, wearing a mask if you have to leave your vehicle, washing your hands and observing social distancing.

Remember, the movies start July 30 with the sing-along version of the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing and end August 9 with Casablanca at the El Paso International Airport’s newly dubbed Hangar 7 Studios. Tickets are $25 per vehicle, on sale at plazaclassic.com/schedule.

We’ll announce our digitally streamed movies soon. They’ll run from August 5-9 on plazaclassic.com.

Where are these places?
Let’s go in the chronological order of when we’ll be showing the movies:

July 30
We’ll be using the large, unpaved lot just below (east) of Ardovino’s Desert Crossing restaurant in Sunland Park, NM. We’re showing the sing-along version of the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine there.

July 31-August 1
The El Paso Community College Valle Verde Campus lot is just off I-10. Take the Hunter exit, go south on Hunter and turn at the light where the large Taco street sign is. If you’re coming from the other direction, it’s a left turn into the lot. We’re showing Jaws and Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid on July 31, and Smokey and the Bandit with the Marx Brothers’ Duck Soup on August 1.

August 2-3
The Camp Cohen Water Park lot is just off Gateway North, between the northbound TransMountain exit and Transmountain, on what used to be the first base side of Cohen Stadium. We’re showing Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds on August 2, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial on August 3.

August 4-5
We’ll be using the lot on the northeast side of the El Paso County Coliseum grounds. Entrance will be from Boone Street. The screen will be on the north (Paisano) side of the lot, facing south. We’re showing Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park on August 4 and Selena on August 5.

August 6-7
We’ll be at the gravel lot on the southwest corner of The Hospitals of Providence East Campus, near Loop 375 and Edgemere. Entry will be from Tierra Cortez Avenue, just south of the HOP campus (the main entrance must be left open for emergency vehicles). Turn east on Tierra Cortez, then north (left) into the paved lot in front of Medical Plaza A. Staff will direct you to the entrance nearby. We’re showing 1956’ Godzilla, King of the Monsters! on August 6, and a double bill of Young Frankenstein (“That’s Fronk-un-steen!”) and the original Frankenstein on August 7.

August 8-9
The newly dubbed Hangar 7 Studios is a hangar on the northwest corner of El Paso International Airport property. The street address is 6600 Airport Road, but it’s easier to remember that it’s on the east side of the Airport Road/Leigh Fischer Boulevard intersection. Some may remember it as the El Paso Natural Gas Co. or Continental Airlines hangar. Entrance will be through the second set of gates. We’ll be set up outside of (not inside) the hangar. We’ll have a double bill of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (a PCFF staple) and Hedwig and the Angry Inch on August 8 and Casablanca (which ends at an airport) on August 9.

What time do we show up? When do the movies start?
Admission starts at 7:30 pm. It’s best to buy your tickets in advance (we’re using touchless ticketing) and get there early enough to get a good parking spot. There’s some pre-show programming at 8:30 pm, followed by the first movie, classic comedy short or cartoons at 8:40 pm. Most nights, we’ll be done between 11 pm and midnight. The screen is 32-feet by 18-feet, rigged to a portable stage, except at the airport, where we’ll be showing movies on a 50x30-foot “screen,” in other words, hangar doors painted white.

How does parking work?
Staff in masks and yellow reflective vests will direct you. Parking is first-come, first-served. VEHICLES WILL BE PARKED IN A CHECKERBOARD PATTERN WITH SPACES BETWEEN THEM. Turn off your headlights when parked. Don’t tap your brakes during the movies. RVs and limousines not permitted. We reserve the right to relocate your vehicle if needed.

How will I hear the movies?
Via FM radio. The frequency will be posted on the screen before the program begins.

What about social distancing?
Please STAY INSIDE your vehicle, unless you need to use the restroom. WEAR A MASK if you have to step outside of your vehicle. Sitting outside is prohibited (patrons may watch from the bed of a truck, but MASKS ARE REQUIRED). Law enforcement officers will patrol the premises.

What if I have to use the restroom?
Male, female and disabled portable restrooms, with hand washing stations, will be available at each location (additional indoor restrooms will be available at the El Paso County Coliseum). Observe SOCIAL DISTANCING (6 FEET APART) if you have to wait in line.

What about safety and security?
Law enforcement officers and emergency medical technicians will staff all events. Parking attendants and law enforcement officers will direct traffic in and out of each venue.

Can we bring our own food and beverages?
Yes! Concessions will not be available at most locations (Ardovino’s DC and the Coliseum will have concessions). No alcohol allowed.

What about pets?
Nope, pets are not allowed.

What if I want to leave before the movie is over?
We hope you don’t. But, if you must exit early, use your parking lights until you are off the premises. Re-entry is NOT permitted.

How do I get tickets for your other movies?
Tickets are $25 per vehicle, including double features, on sale at plazaclassic.com/schedule. Click on the name of the movie you want to see. A brief description and on-sale button will appear. Ticket sales at each location, if available, will be via plazaclassic.com/schedule. No cash sales.

What if I have a question?
Put on your mask and ask someone wearing a yellow reflective vest or a law enforcement officer.

Anything else?
Stay safe. Stay in your vehicle. Wear a mask if you have to leave the vehicle. Be considerate of others.

And enjoy the movies!