Plaza Grill & Cinema

209 South Main Street,
Ottawa, KS 66067

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Plaza Grill & Cinema

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Located in the Pickrell Building, erected in 1885. In 1905, part of the building was converted into the Bijou Theatre, which was later renamed Crystal Theatre. It suffered damage from a fire in 1917, and was closed in 1929.

In 1937, it was remodelled in an Art Deco style and was re-opened as the Plaza Theatre, operated by Fox Theatres. In 2007 it was remodelled as the Crystal Plaza Theatre. This theatre looks to be in great shape. By 2013 it was operating as the Plaza Grill & Cinema

Contributed by Paul Salley

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William
William on December 5, 2003 at 5:22 pm

The Plaza Theatre seated 721 people.

dictionary101
dictionary101 on September 6, 2005 at 4:58 pm

The area code above has changed. It is now 785. There is a recording saying “We will be closed until further notice.”

raybradley
raybradley on December 16, 2006 at 1:41 am

Boller Bros designed the Ottawa, KS, PLAZA Theatre, the Lawrence, KS, GRANADA Theatre, and the Oklahoma City, OK, PLAZA Theatre. Original facades on all three of these movie houses were very similar, almost identical.

neals49
neals49 on January 27, 2007 at 10:21 pm

The Ottawa PLAZA Theatre has been reopen and is under new managment they have restored the outside and neon along with remodled inside. I am not sure of the date of reopening though. I looks great on the outside however I have not been inside to enjoy this thearte since I was a kid going to the sunday afternoon movie.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 7, 2007 at 10:04 pm

It looks like it’s called the Crystal Plaza now. I tried the website for the theater shown on this page, but it didn’t work:
http://tinyurl.com/36ap36

Lyndon
Lyndon on December 3, 2013 at 2:13 am

The Plaza Grill and Cinema in Ottawa is likely the oldest operating theater in America, having opened in 1905, predating San Francisco’s Victoria Theatre by three years. Here are the most recent Plaza Grill and Cinema press releases.

Lyndon
Lyndon on December 10, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Could Ottawa, Kan., be the home to the world’s oldest continuously operating theater? See the story here.

surf_digby
surf_digby on December 12, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Was it operating between 1929 and 1937 though?

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on December 15, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Hello-

the title of the “oldest continuously operating theater” in North America might go to the New Victory on 42 St. in Manhattan. it opened as the Theater Republic in 1900 five years before this theater. the New Victory as operated as a theater of some sort since then -live theater, films, burlesque, adult films and after being beautifully renovated back to live shows.

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