Cine Plaza Series Returns

Take it from my 75-year-old mother, who grew up in the south part of Tucson and frequented the Cine Plaza with her sisters and parents: The Cine Plaza series at the Fox is good fun. We loved what organizers did last spring, and they promised a return with the comedies of Continflas, Tin Tan, Sara Garcia and Joaquin Pardave.

The new series starts Sunday, Nov. 14 and continues on Sundays through Nov. 28. All shows take place at the Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St., at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 ($6 for students) at the door. For more on the series, call the Fox at 547-3040, or visit

The Spanish-language theater went away as part of Tucson's last version of urban renewal in the 1960s, along with an entire neighborhood. All continue to be missed today. That nostalgia from the series only grew with the screening of a short film produced by Ralph Gonzalez, Julie Gallego and Daniel Buckley on the Cine Plaza and downtown Tucson before urban renewal. I saw people weep around me while watching the documentary, including a few tears from my mother, who saw old friends almost every Sunday at the theater.

The Nov. 14 show will feature a re-screening of that documentary. According to a press release from Buckley, two other short documentries on Barrio Anita and urban renewal were produced at the same time and were put on a DVD with the first documentary. The DVD will be sold at the Fox for $20.

Buckely said to expect a new trio of historic documentaries, including one on Barrio Hollywood, that will be screened at the spring and summer Cine Plaza series.

Read more about each movie in the comedy series after jump.