Press Release

Cinema La Placita Moves to TMA Plaza First show: May 4

May 1, 2017

Cinema La Placita, the downtown outdoor movie series that has become a summertime tradition, has joined with the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block to continue the series in the museum’s plaza.

The move to the Tucson Museum of Art will bring several benefits to the event, including food from TMA’s Café a la C’art, food trucks, and beer and wine available for sale to enjoy during the movie.

Prior to last season and following news that La Placita Village would be undergoing renovation, Cinema La Placita moved from its longtime location in La Placita Village to the courtyard of the historic Pima County Courthouse. However, the historic courthouse began a two-year restoration project the day after Cinema La Placita wrapped up its season in August requiring another move.

“The Tucson Museum of Art reached out to me at just the right time,” said Erika O’Dowd, director of Cinema La Placita. “I couldn’t be more excited about this upcoming season in the museum’s beautiful plaza.”

The outdoor film series will be held in the Plaza of the Pioneers, outside the Tucson Museum of Art main entrance at 140 N. Main Ave. Admission will remain the same as the past 17 years at $3, and popcorn is free. Parking is available in the museum parking lot. There also is ample street parking in the surrounding area. Street parking is free after 5 p.m.

Since May 2000, Cinema La Placita has been showing classic movies outdoors in downtown Tucson. More than 375 films have been shown to more than 75,000 moviegoers over 17 years of operation. The 2017 season begins May 4 and runs every Thursday night through August 25. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m.

Chairs are provided but moviegoers can bring their own. Smoking is not allowed. Alcohol is not permitted except by purchase. Patrons are welcome to bring a picnic dinner.

For general media inquiries, contact Kelly Wiehe, Director of Communications and External Affairs, at or 520-616-2687