Plaza Theatre

1049-51 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE,
Atlanta, GA 30306

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The Plaza Theatre opened December 22, 1939 with 1,000 seats in orchestra and balcony levels. In 1983 the theatre was sub-divided and the balcony became a second screen.

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rechols on April 17, 2014 at 1:06 am

Great to hear this great theater is getting the recognition it deserves!
Thank you longislandmovies for taking care of her.

longislandmovies on April 28, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Credit: Moses Robinson / Getty Images Like many of the country’s earliest movie palaces, the Plaza Theatre has gone through a series of incarnations in the 75 years since it opened, from an Art Deco gem in the 1930s to a 1970s porn palace to a restored repertory theater in the 1990s. In 2012, The Plaza – Atlanta’s oldest continuously operating cinema – was purchased by a new owner, who has since reverted its programming back to a nice mix of new indie films, contemporary classics, and regular midnight screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Why It Stands Out: In 2012, Michael Furlinger – who previously revamped Charleston’s Terrace Theatre – purchased the Plaza Theatre and has been dutifully working to upgrade the facilities (Including giving it plush chairs, gourmet concessions, and digital projection) while keeping popular community events intact.

longislandmovies on December 17, 2014 at 4:44 pm

Michael Furlinger, president of Atlanta’s Plaza Theater, may have been the last man standing. Early on Wednesday he pledged not to deviate from his scheduled Christmas Eve premiere. “I’d never stand for something like that,” he said. “As an independent we have more flexibility.” Ultimately, it wasn’t his decision. “I hate this,” he said after the final announcement. “This is blackmail.”

Atlanta’s Plaza Theatre planned to go ahead with its plan to screen “The Interview” until Sony decided to cancel the project altogether.

longislandmovies on December 22, 2014 at 2:45 am

Well it’s official today’s our Birthday – 75 years young today ……. Happy Birthday Plaza theatre !

You’ve come a long way baby !

Mikeoaklandpark on December 24, 2014 at 10:43 am

Three cheers for opening The Interview tomorrow. Freedom of speech wins again

longislandmovies on December 27, 2014 at 10:58 am

First theatre in the nation to announce there playing The Interview .

longislandmovies on November 1, 2015 at 3:33 pm

Plaza total restoration completed in 2015 with new seats in the upstairs theatre . This was the last project to be completed.

terrywade on August 19, 2016 at 8:05 am

So nice they still use curtains that open and close. The screen in the large downstairs cinema has a slight curve to It.

longislandmovies on August 29, 2017 at 5:52 am

Dear Friends of the Plaza,

Four and a half years ago we started a journey to save and protect the beautiful Plaza Theatre. After losing money for a decade the Plaza’s fortunes were soon to change, in only 4 months the Plaza showed its first profit. Today the Plaza is financially sound and has a long bright future.

Over the years of my tenure at the Plaza we have achieved much together with a complete renovation of the facility, restoring the Plaza’s historic integrity while bringing state of the art technology. Our programming has been cutting edge all the while pushing the envelope.

Today I’m happy to announce that we have agreed in principle to sell the Plaza to Christopher Escobar this September. Christopher is well known in the Atlanta film community as the Director of the Atlanta Film Society and is a tireless advocate of the Plaza. I feel that our original goals when purchasing the theatre have all been met and it’s time to pass the torch so that Christopher can take the theatre to the next level.

Let me say to our patrons Thank you!!! With you we have seen a 500 percent improvement in attendance over the last four years, that’s an amazing accomplishment, your loyalty to the Plaza is what makes it so successful today.

Thank you to all the staff that helped us achieve these goals. Special thanks to my business partner John Brieger who worked so hard on the Theatre’s behalf. I would also be remiss if I did not thank Candace and the cast of Lips Down on Dixie who have always been there for the Plaza, their efforts have helped make the Plaza the success that it now is.

In 1939 the Plaza projected its first film and in 2017 the picture looks brighter than ever. And remember: movies were made to be seen in theaters.

Wishing you all the best,

Michael Furlinger
Furlinger Cinema Services
Plaza Theatre

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