If you don't already know, this month there will be lots of exciting film screenings at the theaters in the Arts Festival Plaza in El Paso, Texas. But what's really exciting is what's happening outdoors. Festival organizers have added outdoor movies and concerts to the festivities every evening in the Plaza. In an effort to keep people hanging out after the indoor films are over, there will be live concerts and a giant inflatable screen to show movies alfresco. The outdoor cinema screen is 25 feet wide and 14 feet tall, and inflates in about 4.5 minutes. Festival organizers decided to purchase the inflatable screen, instead of renting it, because they are planning on having more opportunities in the future to show movies under the stars.
"We're thinking of the total experience," said Charles Horak, the festival's artistic director. "As people walk down the street to get to the Plaza, they'll see people milling about having fun, music in the air. Once they come out (after their movie), we didn't want it to be dead. We wanted to take that party outside. It's part of what a festival is all about" (El Paso Times
Festival organizers wanted to keep people hanging around after the films had finished, and so they hope the outdoor movies on the inflatable screen will attract people to stay. Movie-goers can first enjoy the beautiful sunset with live musical concerts, and then watch fun, lighthearted movies after dark.
The outdoor films to be shown are the Beatles' A Hard Day's Night
, Mel Brooks' 1974 comedy Blazing Saddles
, and the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show
. The film line-up is designed to be relaxed and fun. They aren't showing Seventh Seal
for a reason: if people want to grab a drink and run back outside, they can catch up pretty easily. Festival organizers hope people will have a good time, and even expect movie-goers to dress up for Rocky Horror