McKINNEY (Aug. 19, 2015) — Some of Hollywood's all-time favorite courtroom classics will be screened at the McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC) as part of its inaugural McKinney Classic Film Festival. Experience the glamour of old Hollywood in the unique Courtroom Theater of MPAC, located at the former Collin County Courthouse in the center of Historic Downtown McKinney at the festival Sept. 11-13.

The festival’s featured guest is Mary Badham who portrayed Scout in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird. Badham will walk the red carpet and attend a special meet and greet event for VIP ticket holders, followed by an onstage interview and screening of the film. All ticket holders will have the opportunity to walk the red carpet and are encouraged to dress in their finest Hollywood attire. Patrons can bring their own cameras or purchase a photo at the event.

All ticket holders are invited to a closing party for the Classic Film Festival on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 4 p.m. with the Big Band music of the McKinney Community Band.

“We are thrilled to be bringing this Classic Film Festival to the McKinney Performing Arts Center,” said Dena Hill, Founder and Director of the McKinney Classic Film Festival. “We hope to introduce these classic courtroom films to a whole new generation of movie buffs and look forward to seeing this festival become an annual tradition.”

McKinney Classic Film Festival schedule:

Friday, Sept. 11

Film Screening: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 12

Film Screening: Inherit the Wind, 11 a.m.

Film Screening: 12 Angry Men, 3 p.m.

Red carpet ceremony, 6 p.m.

Meet and greet with Mary Badham, 6:15 p.m.

Film Screening: To Kill a Mockingbird, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 13

Film Screening: Adam’s Rib, 2 p.m.

Closing party, 4 p.m.

General admission tickets are $10 per film. Film Buff tickets that include admittance to all five films can be purchased for $45. VIP tickets include all five films and a meet and greet with Mary Badham can be purchased for $75. All tickets include entrance to the closing party on Sunday, Sept. 13. Tickets are available for purchase online at, at MPAC, 111 N. Tennessee St. or by calling MPAC’s Emerson Ticket Office at 214-544-4630. The Classic Film Festival is presented with support from Rosenthal & Wadas, PLLC.


About McKinney

McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. The city is No. 1 on America’s Best Places to Live list published by Money Magazine. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, McKinney has a current population of more than 155,000. Established in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers award-winning schools, a vibrant historic downtown, diverse housing options, a robust economy and a uniquely beautiful natural setting, with rolling hills and lush trees. Visit the city’s website at