El Paso Convention & Performing Arts Center Civic Center Plaza
Majority of the IJA Festival will happen in the El Paso Convention Center. The Convention Center is located in the Central Business District, just minutes from the El Paso International Airport. Several hotels are within walking distances of the Center, as well as major museums, Arts Festival Plaza and the historic Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre.
With $7.2 million in renovations to the convention center plaza, the Judson F. Williams Convention Center offers uniquely shaded outdoor space to take advantage of El Paso’s ideal weather year-round.
At reasonable rates, the center offers a two-level underground parking garage with 975 parking spaces, including 32 handicap parking spaces, and parking ceiling clearance is 6’5″. The facility is secured 24 hours with closed-circuit-TV monitoring. Security staff is also available to assist the disabled.
Shows and the IJA Juggling Championships will be presented in the beautiful Plaza Theatre. As a National Historic Building of Significance built in 1930 and restored to its original atmospheric theater splendor in 2006, The Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Center is conveniently located in downtown El Paso-just a brief walk from the Convention Center.
The theatre is built with Spanish Colonial Revival architecture and features intricately painted ceilings, mosaic-tiled floors, decorative metal railings and antique furniture. As one of the remaining atmospheric theaters in the United States, The Plaza conveys the illusion that viewers are seated outdoors in a Spanish courtyard. The stars on the ceiling reflect the Southwestern sky in June. In addition to its rich decor, the Mighty Wurlitzer Blaban III Organ is one of only six ever made. The organ has 1,071 pipes and can simulate 15 different instruments.
The main box office is located at The Plaza Theatre and is affiliated with Ticketmaster.