Plaza Playhouse Theatre

4916 Carpinteria Avenue,
Carpinteria, CA 93013

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Plaza Playhouse Theatre

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Operating as the Plaza Theatre in 1972 in the late-1970’s it was operated by the Pussycat Theatres chain.

This little theatre in this small town just south of Santa Barbara first opened its doors in the 1940’s as the Del Mar Theatre. Closed for several years, it was renovated and reopened by Metropolitan Theatres as of November 2005.

The theater closed on September 9, 2010 due to poor box office. It rea-opened in early-2011 as the Plaza Playhouse Theatre.

Contributed by MagicLantern

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MagicLantern on May 16, 2005 at 4:23 am

You missed the last night at The Palm, Ken! No more straight porno theatres in California! When are you coming back out?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 16, 2005 at 4:51 am

I’m coming back out in June (to NYC then onto LA and San Diego). The Tiki Theatre is still operating in LA (as far as I know?).

MagicLantern on May 16, 2005 at 12:34 pm

Yes, but the Tiki is more like a storefront conversion – not to cast aspersions, though. The Palm was more like the Monica / Tomkat.

MagicLantern on November 4, 2005 at 7:18 am

This theatre, restored and now operated by Metropolitan, reopens today with a screening of “Chicken Little” – replete with Dolby Digital, cup holders and 209 seats.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 5, 2005 at 6:19 pm

90 years seems a bit old for a theatre in Carpenteria, which was a pretty small place for the first couple of decades of the 20th century, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it dated to the 1920s, when the development of local oil fields brought a sudden increase in the town’s wealth and population. The growing number of automobiles and improvement of the coast highway would have made Carpenteria more easily accessible to people from other, smaller towns along that stretch of coast about that time, too, making for a larger pool of theatre customers.

kencmcintyre on February 3, 2008 at 1:33 pm

Here is a photo of the Plaza when it was called the Alcazar, circa 1928:

MagicLantern on February 8, 2010 at 4:55 pm

The text beneath that photograph indicates that the Ritz was another name for this theatre.

CSWalczak on September 12, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Closed by Metropolitan as of September 9, 2010: View link

MagicLantern on February 27, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Open again as the Plaza Playhouse Theater. Looks to be a mix of stand-up comedy, theater and live performances.

PlazaPlayhouse on October 17, 2012 at 2:48 pm

The Plaza Playhouse Theater is operating as a non-profit community playhouse and has been since October of 2010. We offer classic movies, live theater and concerts of all kinds. The theater opened on April 27, 1928 as the Alcazar. Managed by Oliver “Ollie” Prickett, Hollywood character actor, who had a recurring role as “Geoduck”, the neighbor to Ma and Pa Kettle. Through the past 84 years, the theater changed hands and names and also fell into disrepair. Metropolitan Theater Corp. came in and performed an extensive remodel, but cancelled their lease in 2010 due to low revenue…Carpinteria is a small town, and Metropolitan simply couldn’t keep up with the studio required license fees. The Plaza Playhouse is currently managed by an all volunteer staff. Further details about the theater and our schedule can be found on our website at

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