Cinema La Placita moving to former Pima County Courthouse in June


You’ve probably heard the news, but just in case here it is again. The popular outdoor film series Cinema La Placita will no longer be at La Placita Village starting June 9.  Founder Erika O’Dowd has decided to move the series over up north on Church Ave. to the now empty, historic Pima County Courthouse, 115 N. Church Ave. That courthouse was built in 1928 by architect Roy Place.

“Food trucks will round out the evening experience for movie goers at the new location. Alcohol is not permitted in the Pima County Courthouse courtyard.”

The 2016 summer series for Cinema La Placita started up  again on May 5, and will continue every Thursday evening, till August 25.

Movie this week on Thurs. May 19: “Pillow Talk” starring Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Tony Randall, at the La Placita location, 110 S. Church Ave.


More info on the summer schedule, and what to do in case it rains:

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Finally had a chance to check out new locale for Cinema La Placita in the former Pima County Courthouse. Entrance is from the west, with locked fences all around for security. Grassy lawn to enjoy as you sit and watch the classic movies, with bathrooms right in the courtyard area. Truck 54 was outside selling dinner on the westside, so it’s a quite a functional, new venue. Check out schedule for the summer at their website. (Maybe their new name should be Cinema El Courthouse or Cinema El Palacio, or something similar as they are no longer at La Placita Village.)

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