Plaza Theatre

115 S. Commerce Street,
Gainesville, TX 76240

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Gainesville’s Plaza Theatre was a chic monolith structure decorated in subdued Art Deco styling that caught the eye of passers by.

Plaza auditorium detail was a bit more flamboyant. Speed stripes defined sidewalls in colours of salmon, saffron, and powder blue. Zig-zag, stacked cone lighting fixtures accentuated the Art Deco effect. A small balcony offered cheap seats, topped by an off center projection booth.

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Contributed by Jeff Chapman

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raybradley
raybradley on October 8, 2007 at 6:01 pm

Look at vintage photos of this cinema interior and exterior by typing in name “Plaza”,
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Billy_Maughan
Billy_Maughan on April 5, 2017 at 8:23 am

My first job at the Plaza in 1953 while a Junior in High School was the relief projectionist. Very old equipment that used rectifiers for the power source for the Peerless lamp-houses. The projector changer-over device was hand made using electrical conduit and electrical junction boxes. The projection booth was not located in the center but offset to the north side of the theater. Thanks for keeping it’s memory alive. Bill Maughan

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