Plaza Theatre

125 Pioneer Plaza,
El Paso, TX 79901

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Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 18, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Commended for showmanship in this 1961 trade article: Boxoffice

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 17, 2010 at 11:10 pm

No they just want to run til they can’t get a light,It is the norm for most second run houses,but this place should be way above the dollar triple down the street.You should mention it,but you would think they would notice.The Bulb might need adjusting too.

matt54
matt54 on August 17, 2010 at 11:04 pm

Just returned from a visit to El Paso and was privileged to see “The Magnificent Seven” as part of the El Paso Film Festival, hosted at the theater. None of our party of five had ever been inside and, to say the least, we were simply knocked out by the theater’s beauty. Projection, unfortunately, is not so hot – pretty dim picture, sorry to say. Have noticed this same phenomenon at the Paramount in Austin. Are the projection bulbs used today just not as bright as they used to be?

DonLewis
DonLewis on May 31, 2010 at 3:44 am

From 1938 an El Paso newsprint photo of William “Hopalong Cassidy” Boyd, Jane Clayton and a crowd of people in front of the Plaza a the gala world premiere of In Old Mexico.

diapason
diapason on October 24, 2009 at 7:41 pm

While we’re talking about the Plaza, let’s not neglect the great theater organist John R. Thomas who had a couple of stints as “House Organist” there. His final tenure was from 1965 until his death in 1968. In those days the theater’s management spotlighted the organ for brief programs between features, with the Wurlitzer console rising up out of its pit as the film ended, then descending just in time for the next show. John R. had an incredible talent for using all the sound effects that had been built into the Wurlitzer, in addition to all the organ’s musical resources.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 11, 2009 at 3:50 am

Here is an August 1976 article from the El Paso Herald-Post:

A hearing on the eviction notice filed against operators of the Plaza Theater has been set for 8:30 a.m. Thursday before Justice of the Peace Jesus Hernandez. Ted Cottle, realtor representing Mike Dipp, theater owner, said the notice was filed for failure to pay rent for several months. Tim Cassias, former employee of the Plaza, who has filed claim for back wages with the Texas Department of Labor and Standards, told The Herald-Post he plans to notify film distributors of irregularities in the theater’s bookkeeping. He showed documents which he said support his contention that the distributors were paid less than they were entitled to on certain films shown at the Plaza in 1975.

LANE ROBERTSON, who has headed the Plaza operation since 1973, has denied the accusations and said the documents were stolen from his desk. Cassias admitted yesterday that the papers were stolen but said he did not steal them. He said they were given to him. Both Robertson and Andy Simson said that bookkeeping errors were audit and are being worked out with the the distributors affected.

CASSIAS WORKED for the theater 14 months. He resigned June 29 after being unable to collect pay he said was due him. Mrs. Julia Breck, chairman of the theater’s board, said today, “We’re in the process of handling the situation. We are doing the best we can to pull things together.” She is among prominent local persons who Cassias said made substantial investments in the theater operation. A “Save the Plaza” campaign was held, enlisting financial support with the alternative of having the theater razed so the land could be used for other purposes.

Cottle, however, denies that Dipp ever intended to raze the Plaza after buying it in 1973. Cassias said he learned soon, after going to work at the Plaza that the owner did not really intend to raze it. He said the appeal to save the building was a deception to increase the urgency of the appeal for money.

txstan
txstan on May 29, 2009 at 11:39 am

Memories! I worked as an usher and doorman at the Plaza 1950/52.
Was in El Paso about a year ago and took the guided tour which was then held on Tuesday mornings. Very interesting and well worth anyone’s time.
Much of the original interior is still in place. The one thing I noticed missing was a large beautiful painting of a Spanish lady over the stairs leading from the main floor to the mezzanine.
I do not remember the first movie I saw there (1945), but I remember the last move (The Exorcist). We sat in the mezzanine first row…my favorite seat.Movie scared the hell out of my nephew.

ERD
ERD on October 13, 2008 at 4:18 pm

A stunning theatre! One of the best restorations I’ve seen. The Plaza is a gem.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 31, 2008 at 6:00 am

Plaza Theatre Mapping Problem

The official address of this theatre (125 Pioneer Plaza) will not map correctly on either Google Maps or on Microsoft’s TerraServer. However, a search at either site using the address 125 W. Mills Avenue will get you pretty close- a couple of doors east on TerraServer and about a block east on Google Maps. The theatre building is then pretty easy to spot in the satellite view, given that the entrance is tucked into a corner, and that the long lobby section leading at an angle back to the main building is fairly distinctive.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on January 31, 2008 at 2:27 am

Holy sh*t! It’s incredible!

The lighting towers and sound gear are unfortunate. But what are you going to do?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 30, 2008 at 11:47 pm

Here is a view of the interior from wikipedia:
http://tinyurl.com/yovs7g

Patsy
Patsy on July 9, 2007 at 4:39 pm

One could tell this theatre is in TX without knowing that fact with the similar Alamo roof design.

bobs
bobs on December 18, 2006 at 3:27 am

I has not realized that the Plaza had re-opened! Congratulations to the people of El Paso on the completion of this restoration. I remember it well from around 1960. Hope the WurliTzer still sounds the same.

bobs
bobs on December 18, 2006 at 3:27 am

I has not realized that the Plaza had re-opened! Congratulations to the people of El Paso on the completion of this restoration. I remember it well from around 1960. Hope the WurliTzer still sounds the same.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on December 18, 2006 at 12:20 am

I haven’t checked this page in quite some time. It looks great! Fabulous that the project was a success!

Patsy
Patsy on January 2, 2006 at 7:52 pm

I know some folks who are visiting the El Paso TX area and I hope they take time to visit the Plaza Theatre.

simpsonr
simpsonr on October 17, 2005 at 8:24 pm

When residing in El Past from 1958 to 1960, I volunteered as part of the team to restore the Wurlitzer organ. A lot of work by many dedicated people – but well worth the effort. I hope to one day see this organ when it is re-installed in the Plaza Theater.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 4, 2005 at 7:56 pm

The Plaza Theatre opened on 12th September 1930 and had a seating capacity of 2,410.

epearson
epearson on January 26, 2005 at 7:11 pm

If you would like more in-depth information, please contact the El Paso Community Foundation. 915-533-4020 or www.epcf.org

Cube
Cube on January 11, 2005 at 8:48 pm

Okay, so I can’t spell “Stanton” correctly. :P

http://plazatheater.stantonstreetgroup.com

Cube
Cube on January 10, 2005 at 10:35 pm

The CURRENT website for the Plaza Theater is http://plazatheater.statonstreetgroup.com

The site has a virtual tour, teachers' guide and a listing of the theater’s history.

The theater is still being renovated. Go downtown in El Paso and you’ll see the area clearly from Santa Fe near city hall and the Insights Museaum.

mineje
mineje on September 28, 2004 at 6:05 pm

Would like to know current status of renovations. I was fortunate enough to be invited to see the inside of the theater several years ago, but have since moved from El Paso.

KorinaCardona
KorinaCardona on October 15, 2002 at 11:49 pm

I am doing a research project regarding the Plaza Theater at Clint High School and I would like to know if anyone could provide me with any other information about the renovation process. Thank You

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on February 7, 2002 at 3:48 pm

I’ve seen it mentioned that the Plaza has been in both the Interstate and Publix theatre chains.