I love going downtown to walk around and check out the architecture of our amazing city. One of my favorite places is the Plaza Theater. The Plaza Theater was saved from the wrecking ball and now hosts the amazing Classic Film Festival and many other events. For a long time critics scoffed at taxpayer money being used to bring it back to life but now it's almost unimaginable that it could have been destroyed to build a parking lot.

Michael E. Molano
Michael E. Molano
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BACKSTAGE AT THE PLAZA
I've been to dozens of events at the Plaza. The Plaza Classic Film Festival, Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, and I've also gotten the chance to go backstage. It's amazing to be back there because you really get a sense of how large the building is. One of the most amazing things I saw were these steel cables. I guess they use them to raise and lower curtains or scenery.

Patricia Martinez
Patricia Martinez
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The floor of the Plaza Theater - This floor has seen a lot of people, stage productions, and scenery and you can see the wear and tear that it has taken. As big as you think the theater is, it's actually so much bigger back stage.

Patricia Martinez
Patricia Martinez
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Huge elevators - These elevators are designed to carry heavy equipment and lots of people. I don't know how much weight they can bear but they are the size of a decent sized room.

Patricia Martinez
Patricia Martinez
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Debbie Reynolds dressing room - Debbie Reynolds was born in El Paso in 1932. Her father worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad. She left when she was a child but she was invited to speak at the Plaza Classic Film Festival 2010 and she has a dressing room in the basement of the Plaza Theater. I'll be honest, I was too chicken to take photos in there because the room felt very heavy. It is said that the Plaza Theater is haunted and I didn't want any photographic proof. It's a beautiful building and we are lucky to have it in El Paso.

Patricia Martinez
Patricia Martinez
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