Plaza Cinema

Sarum Hill,
Basingstoke, RG21 8SR

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Located in Basingstoke, Hampshire. The Drill Hall, built in the 1920’s) was converted into the Plaza Cinema which opened on 5th October 1931 with Charlie Chaplin in “City Lights”. The building had been given a new frontage, and it was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system. It was operated by George Casey.

In March 1937 it was taken over by the Union Cinemas chain and in October/November 1937 they were taken over by the Associated British Cinemas(ABC) chain.

On 26th June 1954, the Plaza Cinema was closed and was never equipped with CinemaScope. It became a Co-Operative furniture store and was demolished in 1981. An office block was built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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