Plaza Cinema

32 Trinity Street,
Dorchester, DT1 1TT

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Plaza Cinema: October 2011

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The Plaza Cinema opened on 10th July 1933 as a single screen cinema with a seating capacity of 986. It’s opening attraction was Fay Wray in “King Kong”, said to be the first screening of this film outside London and direct from the London Coliseum.

Now operates one cinema in former circle area (the Premiere screen 180 seats) and the Century screen in the former cafe area (80 seats). When Reeltime Cinemas UK operated the cinema in the 2000’s, they had plans to add screens in the now disused stalls area, which was used for 25 years as a bingo club until the club closed in around 2003.

Since the end of 2008, the Plaza Cinema has been operated by Picturedrome Electric Theatre Company. A third screen was added in January 2011 and in 2012 a fourth screen was added.

Contributed by Mike Vickers

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james2003
james2003 on April 9, 2009 at 9:01 am

The Plaza Cinema reopened as a twin screen cinema on 26 January 1975. The films shown were THE STING and the James Bond film, THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN.

JimLin
JimLin on September 23, 2009 at 5:27 am

Photo taken in September 2009:

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Dan123
Dan123 on February 2, 2010 at 9:41 am

They are currently beginning to build 2 new screens at the Plaza, in the long – disused bingo hall. Fingers-crossed they should open in the Summer, just before the new 3 screen ‘good quality’ cinema in Brewery Square (less than ½ mile away) will open its doors.

Dan123
Dan123 on February 21, 2010 at 11:49 am

3D HAS ARRIVED IN DORCHESTER!!
The Plaza Now has the ability to show 3D films.
Upcoming 3D film ‘ALICE IN WONDERLAND IN 3D’ from 5 March.
They alredy had an NEC 2K DLP Digital Projector, but i am not sure if this is the projector that will be used for 3D. Probably, though, as this was the only Digital Projector which they had, i’m not sure if they have any more now.

Dan123
Dan123 on March 12, 2010 at 10:35 am

Only one of the 2 new screens is to open in the summer (fingers-crossed) – the 4th screen to follow. The bingo hall is all cleared out and ready to go however.

Dan123
Dan123 on March 12, 2010 at 10:37 am

And yes, it is the NEC 2K DLP Digital projector that they are using for 3D – they have the XPAND 3D system (I visted the projection room recently – March 2010).

james2003
james2003 on September 27, 2010 at 3:29 am

It is good that investment has gone into the Plaza. I hope it survives the competition from the Old Brewery site when it opens.

Dan123
Dan123 on January 16, 2011 at 5:59 am

3rd screen is now open at the Plaza

Dan123
Dan123 on June 18, 2011 at 10:14 am

Screen 4, the final addition to the cinema, is on its way….Also the Plaza is hoping to go fully digital by the end of 2011. Further more, the Plaza now has a fully lincensed bar and all 3 screens are licenced. Aswell as being on Facebook, the Plaza now have a blog, and a twitter page. PLaza babies – a weekly screening with the volume down and the lights up for parents with babies unser 18th months now showing every Wednesday.

Dan123
Dan123 on December 1, 2012 at 7:08 am

The Plaza now has 4 screens and shows live via satellite Opera, Ballet and Theatre. Recent Bond film, “Skyfall” has sold out almost every showing for 6 weeks.

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