Plaza Theatre

1336 New York Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20005

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The Plaza Theatre opened on May 1, 1950. It was a conversion of an existing building to the plans of architect William L. Drevo. It was operated as an art house cinema by Samuel L. Roth. It was remodeled in 1967 to the plans of architect John J. MacNamara.

The theatre had a cramped booth with Motograph projectors and an arc lamp converted to a Claglight (quartz bulb conversion made by RCA Service Tech Russ Claggett). The booth was accessed from an external stairway that also led to offices above the theatre. IATSE Moving Picture Machine Operators Local 224 had offices above theatre until early-1970’s. The 1960 Yellow Pages lists the Plaza as part of the Trans-Lux chain.

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rlvjr
rlvjr on February 24, 2008 at 5:20 pm

This small art house run by Roth Theaters grabbed-off quite a few high quality, high box office exclusive runs, showed them at pretty steep prices too. This included Brigdet Bardot’s AND GOD CREATED WOMAN as well as LOVE IS MY PROFESSION, and LA VERITE. They also had H Z Clouzot’s MANON and the original MONDO CANE. Films usually ran at the Plaza for months, not weeks. There were about 400 seats, no architectual distinction at all. Gone now, it once fulfilled its purpose well.

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