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.

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