Tricia’s Top Picks To See At The Plaza Film Festival Drive In
I absolutely love classic movies. If there is a movie made before 1970, I'm watching it. I don't care if it's a romance, a crime story, or a drama, I'll watch anything but a scary movie. Being a classic movie lover, I look forward to this time of year because it's Plaza Classic Film Festival time. Of course, this year things have to be a little different. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, there will be no movies shown in the actual Plaza Theater in downtown El Paso. Instead, the El Paso Community Foundation has worked around the pandemic and come up with some innovative ways to still hold El Paso's favorite movie festival.
First off, there will be drive-in venues where you can catch a lot of your favorite movies from the comfort of your car. There will also be movies that will be streamed that you can watch at home. Those movie titles will be announced probably sometime this week. You can get a lot of details by clicking here for a full list of the drive-in Plaza Classic Film Festival movies available.
These are the movies I'm really looking forward to:
1. Beatles’ Yellow Submarine - This trippy, hilarious movie kicks off the drive-in PCFF on July 30. You can park in the large, unpaved lot just below Ardovino’s Desert Crossing restaurant in Sunland Park. This is a singalong version of the movie and if you've never seen it, you should. It is totally late 60's psychedelic fun.
2. Jaws and Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid - On July 31 at the El Paso Community College Valle Verde Campus, you can watch Jaws the way it was intended, on a gigantic big screen perfect for scaring the daylights out of you. If you've never seen a Charlie Chaplin movie, this is the one you should see. It will tear at your heartstrings and you'll see why Chaplin is a film lover's god.
3. Smokey and the Bandit and the Marx Brothers’ Duck Soup - Head out to the El Paso Community College Valle Verde Campus on August 1, and check out a true drive-in classic, Smokey and the Bandit. Burt Reynolds was never more Burt Reynolds-y and Sally Field is hilarious as the runaway bride of the son of a small-town, Southern sheriff played to perfection by Jackie Gleason. Stick around for the quintessential Marx Brother's movie, Duck Soup and you will be lol'ing all night long.
4. E.T. - AT Camp Cohen Water Park on August 3, the best alien movie ever made will be shown. If you've never seen Eliot and E.T. on the big screen, you have got to load up the beasties and take them to see this movie. The special effects still hold up, ok except for the flying bikes, but the whole thing is wonderful. I'll need a box of Kleenex because just thinking about the ending is making me cry.
5. Casablanca - What can I say? The PCFF peeps really thought about this one. The best movie ever made is going to be shown at the El Paso International Airport because the pivotal moment in the movie takes place in on an airfield. I will not miss this one, and you shouldn't either. August 9, mark your calendars, get your tickets.