The Plaza Classic Film Festival returns to the historic Plaza Theater this summer and so far, their schedule is shaping up to be a great one!

Walking into the historic theater, you'd never guess that for a while it was shut down, but between the '80's and 2006, the theater was vacant. In 2006 it was restored for $38 million and the movies returned to the Plaza!

With the Plaza Classic Film Festival just around the corner, now is a great time to take a glance at what the Plaza looked like in 1963 when Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" premiered, and how the Plaza lit up for it:

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Do you remember the first time you saw "The Birds"? Was it in a theater like this?

I'm completely amazed at this photo. It somehow looks like the Plaza Theater looks like today, yet it transports you to a completely different time. All the movie posters, the marquee that says "The Birds"- it was all so flashy.

Is it just me, or did movie premieres look flashier back then? Going to the movies back then was a complete experience- and Alfred Hitchcock made sure that moviegoers were treated to a unique experience.

While "The Birds" won't be shown at this year's Plaza Classic Film Festival, it has been shown in the past, and we even had star Tippi Hedren visit the Sun City during the festival.

This year's Plaza Classic Film Fest will take place on July 29th through August 8th- in and around the Plaza Theatre in downtown El Paso. COVID safety protocols will be in place. Of course, more details will be given at a later time, but for now, it's a great to hear that this event will be returning for this year, and that it will return to its original home! You can check out more info here.

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