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Originally built in 1789 as a chapel, it later became a church before its conversion into the Dorset Picture House in 1911. In around 1928 it was re-named Plaza Cinema and in later years had a reputation as being ‘a bit of a rough house’.
In 1967 it was converted into a Cinerama theatre opening on 28th September 1967 with “Grand Prix”. Closed on 28th July 1981, the former Plaza Cinema was converted into the National Wax Museum. Situated on a prominent corner site on Granby Row and Dorset Street Upper, the building has been clad and is barely recognisable as a cinema.
It was closed and demolished in 2005 and hotel built on the site.
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