Plaza Classic Film Festival Kicks Off

POSTED: Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 11:11am

UPDATED: Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 6:14pm

Some of the greatest movies ever made will be shown at this year's Plaza Classic Film Festival.  The event kicks off today and runs for the next 11 days. This year there’s a new addition -- a chance for you to watch two movies on a 30-foot-screen outdoors, not to mention a lineup of movies that have made their mark.

"This is the year of the blockbuster," said El Paso Community Foundation Executive Vice President Eric Pearson.

More than 80 movies are showing on the big screen at this year's Plaza Classic Film Festival, including some all-time classics.  “We have Raiders of the Lost Arc, which was a huge blockbuster hit in the 1980s when it came out. We've got three animated Disney classics, which are just amazing. 'Dumbo' and 'Fantasia' from the 1940s and 'Beauty and the Beast' from the 1990s," said Pearson.

This is the fourth year for the Plaza Classic Film Festival, which drew 37,000 people last year. The event is organized by the El Paso Community Foundation.  Pearson says this is a unique opportunity to watch a film with 2000 other people.  "It's a great family time. It's an opportunity not to have to spend an arm and a leg to come out and see some of the greatest movies ever made," said Pearson.

The festival also gives local film-makers and actors the chance to showcase their work.

"We have The Good, Bad and the Indy, which is dedicated to short, local films and we're showing about 15 hours of locally-produced entertainment films," said Pearson.

Another part of the Plaza Classic Film Festival is set to take place on top of the Mills parking garage tonight and next Thursday. That's when a 30-foot screen is going to be set up and you're welcome to bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a night out at the movies. 

Pearson said tickets are selling fast because people realize what a unique opportunity the Plaza Classic Film Festival offers.  "No matter how big your screen is, ours is bigger and we have people to share it with and that's really more important. It's really about sharing community and celebrating the history of movies," said Pearson.

The Plaza Classic Film Festival kicks off with Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, starring Marilyn Monroe.  That's at Kendall Kid Performance Hall at 7:00 p.m. tonight.

You can catch Rock and Roll High School featuring the Ramones on the ninth floor of the Mills parking garage at 9:00 p.m.

For movie showtimes and other information go to www.plazaclassic.com

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