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.
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.
One of the most popular places for concerts downtown, Tricky Falls hosts some of the most acclaimed live acts in the country as well as abroad. From speed metal to hip-hop, there is something for everyone depending on the night. This club is also a popular venue for LGBT events, whereas the name becomes Bowie Feathers. Overall a versatile and diverse club in the city of El Paso.
For laughs in the Southwest, lot of local head to the El Paso Comic Strip Comedy Club. Almost every night of the week, comics take the stage to ply their jokes. From clean-cut comics to raunchy and raucous humor, there is usually someone up there that will elicit a laugh. Another benefit from this club, is that the owners to not have a requisite two-drink minimum and it's a non-smoking establishment. If you do want to drink, the bar has a full panoply of drinks, from beer to liquor and everything in-between.
Paso del Norte Cultural Center is the place to go to enjoy the culture and heritage of Ciudad Juárez and Mexico in general. From plays, operas, concerts and more, you can enjoy it all in this expansive arena with great acoustics. Moreover, the center also hosts community events and exhibitions from time to time.
The Chamizal National Memorial, with its large park, museum, gallery and 500-seat amphitheater, is a vibrant multi-functional hot spot for culturally diverse events and activities. The museum educates visitors on the 1963 settling of the US-Mexico border dispute and the amphitheater hosts the annual Siglo de Oro Drama Festival.
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.
La Vivid Granada is a vibrant performance venue in El Paso. This place hosts an eclectic schedule of concerts by regional and touring bands and musicians. Some of their previous line-ups have featured the likes of The Don, Jay Texas, Raheem, Bliss in Darkness and Airborne. Popular music styles include heavy metal, alternative rock, rhythm ‘n’ blues and pop.