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The Plaza Theatre has been in operation since 1930 and is one of the largest venues to catch a show in the entire Southwest. It hosts stage shows and also screens movies, but most people that come are awestruck by the grandiose Spanish Colonial architecture and design. The Plaza was nearly demolished in 1986, however a benevolent community association stepped in to save it. Today, guests can see many diverse shows on stage, from popular musicals and stand-up acts to concerts.
If you happen to be in El Paso and prefer live theater and performance art, then head to the Abraham Chavez Theater. It is located right near the larger El Paso Convention Center and the architecture resembles that of a spaceship. Nonetheless, access to the theater is convenient, with a seating arrangement that can accommodate approximately 2500 people. It is one of the best places to catch a show.
A popular music venue with the students, the Lowbrow Palace is located in the Rim-University of El Paso. It presents an interesting line-up of artists from all over the country and it's usually crowded with locals seeking a place to let their hair down. Opened in 2010, this bar usually features diverse performances suitable for all types. If you don't like the music, the spot is usually relaxed enough to enjoy a drink over the soft din.
With a capacity of 11,767 people, the Don Haskins Center is the largest sports and concert venue in the city. It was named after a basketball coach here at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and today it still hosts college hoops as well as boxing, wrestling and pre-season NBA games. Occasionally, the DHC hosts live music, in the past Fleetwood Mac and Aerosmith have graced the stage here as well as many other big name acts.
The El Paso County Coliseum draws large crowds who come to enjoy their favorite sporting events, concerts, musicals, and theatrical acts. This intimate 5300-seat 'coliseum' has been around since the 1940s and it's one of the best places to catch a show. The shows are quite eclectic, they range from Latin music and performance art to PRCA Rodeo and Monster Truck events. The Equestrian Center and open air Coliseum Pavilion are also included in the vast property.
In the midst of the scenic Franklin Mountains lies the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre, a venue that holds over 1,500 spectators. The theater hosts a number of events throughout the year, from plays and concerts to dance and opera, there is something for all ages. During the summer, the amphitheater presents its 'Cool Canyon Nights' series, it's free to public and always a nice entertainment option in the hot desert. See website for upcoming activities and a complete calendar of events.