Plaza Theatre

Maple Street,
Friend, NE 68359

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The first listing I found on the Plaza Theatre was in 1937. The theatre seated 200 and was closed in 1940.

Contributed by Chris1982

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 12, 2015 at 1:29 pm

Friend being a very small town it’s likely that the Plaza closed in 1940 when a new, 252-seat house called the Vogue was opened. The Vogue’s opening was noted in the November 22 issue of The Film Daily.

Chris1982
Chris1982 on March 12, 2015 at 9:45 pm

Joe, could the Vogue have been a remodel of the Plaza? The Sentinel listed the Plaza and the Vogue both on Maple at 2nd St.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 12, 2015 at 10:54 pm

It’s possible. The trade journals did sometimes just announce a “new theater” when the house was only renovated and renamed, perhaps with a new owner. The Vogue was opened by Wally Johnson, who operated it until 1957.

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