425 North Bumby Avenue,
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The Clearwater-based Salthouse Group purchased the 39-year-old venue in September 2002 for $1.7 million. Renovations of the 26,509-square-foot facility continued into 2003. The 900-seat theater retains the original “space age” exterior design.
Originally opening November 20, 1963 with John Wayne in “McClintock”, the Plaza Theatre was Orlando’s first two-screened movie theatre. The theatre was later purchased by Cineplex Odeon Corporation in 1985 and declining ticket sales made the theatre a prime location for showing second-run movies. In 1992, it was sold again and became The Dove Family Entertainment Theatre, which performed Christian-themed shows.
In 1996, it underwent major interior renovations to become a performance hall for local shows. The Salthouse Group plans to continue bringing more family-friendly theater to the area such as comedies, concerts and musicals.
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