Movie fans will be elated. The El Paso Plaza Classic Film Festival will happen this year but in a new viewing style. Many movie fans in El Paso were worried the annual Plaza Classic Film Festival would have to be canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak here in El Paso. Thankfully, organizers have found a way to continue the city's film festival tradition in a safer, socially distanced way.

The El Paso Community Foundation's Plaza Classic Film Festival is happening July 30th through August 9th in a new "pop-up" drive-in movie style. Movies will be shown at various locations throughout the city where movie fans can drive-in and enjoy the films. Some movies will be streamed online as well. The El Paso Community Foundation has emphasized that socially distancing measures will be enforced as well as other precautions during the public viewings. The foundation says more details regarding this year's new plan will be coming in the next few weeks. The El Paso Plaza Classic Film Festival has an estimated positive economic impact of of $1.5 million on the local economy according to KFOX News. Find out more information about the Plaza Classic Film Festival on their website.

With so many local and national festivals and events being canceled or postponed during the novel coronavirus, it's wonderful that organizers were able to find a way for this festival to continue. The El Paso Community Foundation President and CEO Eric Pearson said they know this isn't "ideal," but that really doesn't matter. The fact that the organization was able to think outside of the box to still allow the festival to go is what matters. I'm excited to support this event this year.

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