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.
The El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center was established in 1994 by Henry Kellen, a Holocaust survivor. It is an ode to the millions of people who died and to those who endured. This museum presents the atrocities committed during the end of World War II as a grim reminder of hatred and prejudice. Visitors can get a glimpse of that time with the multi-media presentations that cover life before the Third Reich, the subsequent rise of the regime, the concentration camps and more. Admission is free though donations are welcome.
The EPMA has been going strong since 1959, providing the city and surrounding area with countless aesthetic delights. About 100,000 visitors come through the doors of the museum annually, to see some of the many temporary exhibits in the well-designed halls and galleries, as well as more than 5,000 permanent artworks. The majority of art focuses on Native American, Mexican and European pieces. The museum offers numerous education programs to enhance one's knowledge and even has it's own art school.
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.
The Tumbleweed Interactive Space also called La Rodadora in Chihuahua, Mexico is an interactive science museum for kids. The museum has many interactive displays and kids can explore various aspects of light and sound technology and learn about things from the past. The museum believes in the ideology of learning through fun and games and it is a perfect place to visit with kids.
Even though this casino is located in New Mexico, everyone from El Paso still makes a sojourn out to try their hand at a winner. Founded in 1959, the racetrack presents live televised races at over 800 different stations. A number of top-tier horses have come out of Sunland Park, including Bold Liz and Prince Astro. A few well-known jockeys got their feet wet here too, like Mike Smith and Jerry Bailey. The casino's no small beans either. With over 700 slot machines, you can bet your top dollar you'll have tennis elbow by the time you leave!
A prominent square in the city, the Arts Festival Plaza is located in the center of the city, surrounded by prominent buildings. A community gathering space, the plaza plays host to important city events, including concerts, festivals, the Downtown Street Festival and Chalk the Block. Call to know more.
Canutillo Stadium is the home ground of Canutillo Eagles a football team of Canutillo High School. It is a multipurpose stadium and hosts soccer, football and other athletic tournaments for the home team. Prior to becoming the home ground for Canutillo Eagles, the stadium was home to America's soccer team, known as Indios USA. The stadium has artificial grass known as field turf and in 2008, a new blue turf was also surfaced on the stadium.
The Los Portales Museum is run under the auspices of the San Elizario Genealogy & History Society and it is here where you will learn all about the history of this tiny town. The museum is tucked away on the side of the San Elizario Presidio Church, a hidden gem on its own. Some of the artifacts exhibited here include documents and pictures from the Salt War and exhibits as far back as the Spanish Conquest. Guests will also find a visitor's center which provides comprehensive information about the surrounding region.
Bored of the over crowded bars and nightclubs? Head to the not much popular but cool place, the Paulina's Badlands Billiards, that is located across the Franklin Drive. It's a casual pool hall; here you can hang around for hours with friends and enjoy a couple of drinks. Apart from that, it also hosts live music concerts and similar gigs on a regular basis. For more details, call ahead.