Plaza Theater

282 Broad Street,
Windsor, CT 06095

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Projection Booth Circa 1987 or so - 2

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The Plaza Theater was a small Art Deco style movie house in the center of Windsor. Like many small town cinemas in the area, the construction of numerous multiplexes killed this once popular movie theater. The Plaza Theater, and its ilk, are most likely down for the count. Renovation work began in October 2013.

Contributed by Roger Katz

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shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on April 21, 2008 at 4:07 pm

I was biking in Windsor last week and saw it for the first time. The marquee is oool and quite wooden from the underside, it has one lightbulb left in and the rest are not. The marquee now reads from both sides, “Welcome to Windsor and the Art Center in RR Freight House.”

There are 2 stores still open on the ground level and the rest are either closed or under construction. The alley on the left side had a door open to the back of the salon and up the stairs, the door was closed. For some reason, I didn’t go down the other flight to open the door.

Around to the other end was a sign that had Plaza in the name and I went upstairs. They were apartments, and it felt like a rooming house and the hallway was quite stuffy. If you went out front and looked up at the second floor, you’d see curtains and ACs.

jope363
jope363 on August 22, 2008 at 5:35 pm

I worked at the Plaza between 1981 – 1993. I’ll have to dig up my old photos and post them.

ancalimei
ancalimei on February 21, 2010 at 8:47 am

I actually grew up, and still live less than a mile from this place.. I have many fond memories of going every friday with my friend to see whatever movie this place was showing, things like the adams family, twister, jurassic park, and it actually pains me to see the place reduced to nothing but a storage space, which is what it seems to be with boxes piled up in the front doors. I do recall hearing something about a water mane or water pipe or something bursting and I’m sure that hastened the demise of the plaza, but I’m always gonna remember that place, and even the baskin robins next to it.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on March 1, 2010 at 8:58 pm

The pipe burst after the theatre had already shut down.

ancalimei
ancalimei on March 2, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Aaah, well at least I was right that the pipes burst in the first place lol. Still, it is quite a shame. Last time the place was open was for a town festival, they showed a free movie there… That was actually after the place closed, but only a year or two after.

CSD
CSD on February 21, 2011 at 10:45 am

I grew up in Windsor and it was sitting in the Plaza as a 4 year old that I realized I wanted to be an actor. I live in Los Angeles now, but the Plaza is never far from my heart.

mkelley
mkelley on November 20, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I know it’s a long shot but I have grown up in Windsor also, and went to the theater a few times when I was very young! I would love to restore it and get it running again, showing movies at night and using it for guest lecturers and classes during the day to assist those looking for work to improve resumes and interview skills etc. If anyone knows of any way to get funding for such a project or would be interested in assisting or being a part of it, let me know! I would love to bring this great place back to life!

paulessenfeld
paulessenfeld on October 26, 2013 at 4:35 am

The theater is being restored. http://windsor.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/sachdev-family-aims-to-awaken-sleeping-giant

paulessenfeld
paulessenfeld on October 26, 2013 at 4:36 am

jope363: please send old photos for 2014 Windsor Almanac. Thank you.

jope363
jope363 on January 21, 2014 at 4:49 pm

paulessenfeld: 2 photos of the booth have been uploaded

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