Plaza Theatre

115 E. Main Street,
Glasgow, KY 42141

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Plaza Theatre Interior

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Construction began in Spring 1930, but the Plaza Theatre didn’t open until August 23, 1934 when Harold Lloyd in “The Cats Paw” was the opening movie. The seating capacity was 1,500 and the Atmospheric style theatre was designed by local architect Dixon Rapp.

Closed in the 1990’s, it was purchased by the city of Glasgow in 2001 and has undergone renovation, now operating as a film and live performance venue.

Contributed by Graeme McBain, Ken Roe

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atmos
atmos on December 15, 2004 at 2:39 am

Theatre was bought by the City of Glasgow in 2001 and is currently being restored and another article says it was designed by the architects of the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.

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VogueFilmForum on March 4, 2005 at 8:31 am

It resembles John Eberson’s work on the inside, but that is all I can say (jusging from many visits to the Palace in Louisville, the Tampa Theatre in Tampa, and from having been taken to thge Plaza by mother during all of my youth…

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Plaza on May 6, 2005 at 10:14 pm

The theatre reopened Sunday, April 17, 2005 after a nearly two year renovation. It was built in 1934. It seats 1,046. It has been retrofited w/ a movie screen and projection capability, as well as a full proscenium stage for live performances. It’s web site is http://www.glasgowplazatheatre.com

atmos
atmos on April 9, 2006 at 2:52 am

Interesting to read on the theatre website that construction began in 1930 but the depression delayed the completion of the building until 1934.It opened 23 August and was designed by local architect,Dixon Rapp.I wonder if he is related to George and Cornelius.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 27, 2007 at 9:55 am

A photo of the Plaza Theater can be seen at this website.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 13, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Here is another photo of the Plaza.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 29, 2009 at 4:31 pm

This is a 2009 photo of the Plaza.

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Plaza on October 7, 2009 at 9:34 am

The theatre’s current website is http://www.plaza.org, not the cumbersome longer URL listed above. The City also purchased one of the buildings immediately adjacent to the Plaza in 2008 when it became available. This has been restored with a true tin ceiling and an original hand blown glass transom from 1930. It was orginally Grinstead’s Grocery in 1930, then a dress shop, and then a print and gift shop. The space now serves as the administrative offices of the Plaza Theatre and its Box Office, with a catering kitchen, meeting area, and basement storage for the theatre.

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