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Plaza Classic Film Festival, El Paso, TX, August 2 – 12, 2012

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A showcase for hits from Hollywood’s golden era when it opened its doors in 1930, films’ flicking images faded into history for El Paso’s The Plaza Theatre in the late 1970’s.  Although the majestic movie palace was bequeathed a second life as a performing arts center in 2006, each year cinema buffs can celebrate the theatre’s past as the magic that movies can bring is projected on to the imagination of attendees during the Plaza Classic Film Festival.

Dubbed the world’s largest classic film festival, landmark movies live again on the big screen during 10 days filled not only with screenings, but also by visits from some of the stars who helped to make their movies masterpieces. This year film fans will flock to see Tippi Hedren, who will introduce two Hickcock classics– The Birds and Marnie; Academy Award winner Eva Marie Saint, who will offer behind the scenes tidbits from the sets of Alfred Hichcock’s North By Northwest and Elia Kazan’s On the Waterfront; Oscar-nominated actress Mary Badham, who touched a collective chord in the hearts of every cinema buff as Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird; and movie icon Al Pacino, who will entertain an audience with tales of his career in Al Pacino: One Night Only.

From silent movies to sci-fi, the festival offers something for every cinephile. Following are just a few of the vintage visions that will ‘reel’ in viewers:

An American in Paris
Belle de Jour
The Birds
The Blob
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Courage of Lassie
Duck Soup
The Great Escape
The Incredible Shrinking Man
The Invisible Man
Lassie Come Home
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
My Man Godfrey
North by Northwest
On the Waterfront
A Place in the Sun
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Shanghai Express
Sorry, Wrong Number
The Sting
They Were Expendable
Titanic (1953 version)
To Be or Not To Be
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Towering Inferno
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Wings of Desire

Cinema buffs can also enjoy classic shorts and offerings by local filmmakers.

When: August 2 – 12, 2012

Where: The Plaza Theatre at 125 Pioneer Plaza in El Paso

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