La Plaza Theater Gets New Management

By: Orlando Garza
By: Orlando Garza

Laredoans who would like to see the reopening of the downtown plaza theater wont have to wait much longer.
KGNS News Reporter Orlando Garza explains how a non-profit organization will assume the responsibilities of the old building and what it will take to maintain it.
Time has not been kind to the plaza theater.
Currently the theater has been closed for about 15-years, and the only visible use seen by passer bye is a home for pigeons, but that will soon change.
Executive director for the Laredo Center for the Arts, Gabriel Castillo says after years of proposals and business plans to the city a group called plaza partners worked out a plan that would help open the plaza theater.
Castillo says, "whats gonna work with this plan is the fact that's it's gonna function as a non profit organization, this way we can apply for funding for theater restoration."
Joel Guerrero watched movies at the plaza in the 90's and would like to see the theater re-open and with the insecurity in Nuevo Laredo people would rather cross the border.
Guerrero says, "mucha gente no quere ir al cine aya quieren ir al cine aqui es un intercambio para los cines que existen aya y aqui, pero la gente quiere venir aqui."
Reopening the plaza wont be cheap.
As a whole it will cost an estimated 6-million dollars to remodel the building.
which includes refurbishment furniture...electrical wiring and infrastructure.
That will be payed out in two phases.
They only need 3-million to open the doors.
In a perfect world we want this project under way by 2015, so really 2014 is about putting the structure together bringing in more people and putting the signature on the dotted line to open those doors."
the organization says they don't have plans to compete with the movie theaters in town.
they're movie screenings will consist of classic... independent... educational movies.

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