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

Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 3, 2007 at 7:40 am

This is a more recent close-up view of the Plaza Theater.

kencmcintyre on December 7, 2007 at 2:04 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:

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 7, 2007 at 2:10 pm

That is the new name. This is their website.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 22, 2008 at 7:38 am

New name of theater: Crystal Palace Theater. Status: Open. Function: Movies first run.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 21, 2009 at 7:41 pm

Here is a nice close-up view.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 3, 2009 at 12:37 pm

This is another 1985 photo.

Lyndon on December 2, 2013 at 6:13 pm

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 on December 10, 2013 at 4:04 am

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

surf_digby on December 12, 2013 at 5:07 am

Was it operating between 1929 and 1937 though?

bigjoe59 on December 15, 2013 at 2:28 pm


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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