The El Paso City Council voted this day to match the generous
donation by the El Paso Community Foundation of 12 million dollars
with a city bond of 14.5 million towards the full restoration
of the Interstate Plaza Theatre as a city performing arts center.
Io Communications was on hand to shoot the debate and vote and
conducted a series of interviews of many of the key players in
this fight to save the theatre and revitalize downtown El Paso.
The present day story of the struggle to save this last grand
Interstate movie palace will be a critical story thead in Before
the Curtain Rises and shooting will continue throughout the
reestoration process up to and including opening night of the
new Plaza Theatre projected to be in October of 2004.
Visit the production stills gallery
for this shoot to see the crew in action.