The legendary award-winning actress Rita Moreno returns to the Plaza Classic Film Festival in August.

Austin Hargrave

Rita Moreno is no stranger to our city, and thanks in part to the award-winning actress, the Plaza Theatre stands today. Back in 1986, The El Paso Community Foundation invited Moreno to headline a fundraising concert which raised $1 million to purchase the Plaza Theater and preserve it after it was dormant for years.

Thanks to Rita Moreno and the Community Foundations efforts, The Plaza Theatre built in 1930 was designated as a National Historic Building of Significance and restored to its original atmospheric theater splendor in 2006.

In 2007, Rita Moreno was invited back to perform at the newly restored theatre and also headlined the Plaza Classic Film Festival in 2013.

Now the EGOT winner returns to the Sun City for this year’s Plaza Classic Film Festival screening of West Side Story and her new documentary, Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided To Go For It.

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As of 2020, Rita Moreno is one of just 16 artists that have won an EGOT. EGOT is the designation given to people who have won all four Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards for outstanding achievements in television, recording, film, and theatre.

EGOT Wins

  • She won two Emmy Awards for performances on The Muppet Show and The Rockford Files.
  • A Grammy Award for her contributions to the soundtrack of the children’s show, The Electric Company.
  • Won an Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of the fiery Anita in West Side Story (1961). And today, she has a role in and is an executive producer of a new version of the musical, directed by Steven Spielberg, which will hit theaters in December.
  • Won a Tony for her performance in the Broadway production of The Ritz.
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Scheduled Appearances

West Side Story

  • Friday - August 6, at 7 p.m.
  • Showing at the Plaza Theatre

Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided To Go For It

  • Saturday - August 7, at 2 p.m.
  • Showing at the Plaza Theatre

Tickets

  • $10 for each film
  • On sale now at the Plaza Theatre Box Office, Ticketmaster.com and Plazaclassic.com.

COVID-19 Safety

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, seating capacity will be limited at all Plaza Classic locations. Other safety protocols will be in place, including a 2-hour disinfection process after each film screening. Mask-wearing and social distancing are strongly encouraged. Both theaters have new GPS Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization air filtration systems.

For Festival Passes and more details, visit plazaclassic.com.

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