Plaza Cinema

Windmill Street,
Gravesend, DA11

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Plaza Cinema

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The Cinema was opened on 19th July 1911. All seating was on a single level. The lower part of the auditorium walls were covered in oak panels, while the upper section was in decorative fibrous plaster.

In late-1929, it was taken over by a new operator, who installed sound equipment, and it re-opened as the Plaza Cinema with the film “Broadway Melody” on 16th September 1929. In February 1933 a new 30 feet wide proscenium was installed.

Taken over by the Union Cinemas chain in November 1934. In 1935, the cinema was damaged by a fire, and repairs were carried out, re-opening on 17th February 1936. Union Cinemas were taken over by the Associated British Cinemas(ABC) chain in October 1937.

The Plaza Cinema was closed by ABC on 12th March 1955. It was converted into retail use.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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