Plaza Classic Film Fest Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Plaza Film Festival (Credit: KFOX14)

The Plaza Classic Film Festival - billed as the largest classic film festival in the country - kicked off its tenth anniversary on Thursday night with a screening of "The Graduate."

More than 90 films will be screened at the festival, which runs through Aug. 13.

The festival also includes appearances from Academy Award-winning actress Kathleen Turner and Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss.

Turner will appear for two screenings - "Peggy Sue Got Married" and "Romancing the Stone" - on Aug. 4 and 5.

Dreyfuss will appear for two screenings - "Jaws" and "Mr. Holland's Opus" - on Aug. 12-13.

Most of the festival's featured films will be screened in the Plaza Theater.

"It's a nod to the theater's history," said Doug Pullen of the El Paso Community Foundation. "This was a movie theater for years, now it's a performing arts center. So it's a nod to that history but it's also that unique opportunity to see some of these movies the way they were intended to be seen in a movie palace on a large screen like this. The screen is 43-and-a-half feet across. It's immersive."

The festival also includes a showcase for local filmmakers called "The Good, The Bad, The Indie," which happens Friday Aug. 4 in the Foundation Room.

"The idea is to showcase what people around here are doing," Pullen said.

The full festival schedule is available at here.

Tickets for the more than 90 Plaza Classic Film Festival movies are on sale at the Plaza Theatre box office, Ticketmaster outlets and at 800-745-3000.

Festival passes and teen Film Club passes are available at here and at 915-533-4020.

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