Plaza Classic Film Festival, El Paso, TX

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The third annual Plaza Classic Film Festival was held Augst 5-15, 2010.

We attended the last film shown, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, at the restored Plaza Theatre.  It was fun seeing one of our classic film favorites, but the restored Plaza Theater stole the show.

The theater dates from 1930.  It has recently been completely refurbished at a cost of $38,000,000.  The result is utterly magnificent.  The restored, original Wurlitzer organ has been returned to the theater, and on the night we attended the film festival, there was a pre-showing organ concert.

The interior of the theater is designed to look like you are out on a street with homes and even a starry night sky.  The seats are very comfortable, and we had a great view of the screen from our seat about half-way up in the balcony.  It is obvious that no expense has been spared in the restoration.  The theatre re-opened in March 2006, but it looks as if it had just re-opened yesterday.  No food or drink is allowed in the theater, which helps keep it in good condition.

It is worth going to see the theater, as there are very few such theaters that remain in the country.  The restoration does justice to the original. It is a great landmark in downtown El Paso.  The El Paso Community Foundation oversaw the restoration.  Kudos to them for a job very well done!

Information about the film festival can be found at  Don’t forget to check out a couple of additional photos in the album.

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Original post August 22, 2010

© Susan L. Stone 2015