Plaza Cinemas

1700 N. Wisner Street,
Jackson, MI 49202

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Opened in 1970 by the Butterfield chain, it was originally a single screen theater. Over time, additional screens were either added or split to create the eight-screen multiplex it is today.

Contributed by Gary Flinn

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steelbeard1
steelbeard1 on February 10, 2012 at 8:29 am

Back in 2005, I wrote a piece online devoted to the sale of the GKC theater chain to Carmike called “Death of a Theater Chain.” The article also sums up the ownership history of the Plaza Cinemas. You can see it at http://home.comcast.net/~steelbeard1/flinn070505.htm

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on February 10, 2012 at 9:03 am

There is additional information about this theater here.

steelbeard1
steelbeard1 on February 10, 2012 at 11:11 am

You have to admit that Carmike did a nice job in renovating this theater after looking at old photos from the GKC era.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on February 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm

True, but even that GKC facade was an improvement over the original theater’s appearance. Those 70s-era Butterfield-built theaters were little more than cement block bunkers. The interiors were very plain.

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