Plaza Theatre

2601 Cross Country Drive,
Columbus, GA 31906

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Additional Info

Previously operated by: Carmike Cinemas, Plitt Theatres

Architects: William Bringhurst McGehee

Firms: Six Associates

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Plaza Theatre

Opened July 3, 1970 with Robert Morse in “Boatniks”. If my finite memory serves me well, this is where I first saw “My Fair Lady” as a child back in the early-1970’s.

Based on a view of a recent aerial photograph, it appears that the other two auditoriums were built from the ground up as opposed to splitting up the main one. It was on May 30, 1997 and demolished in February 2014.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

Recent comments (view all 30 comments)

Adam on May 25, 2017 at 2:17 pm

I miss this theatre

pnelson on May 25, 2017 at 7:18 pm

Beautiful architecture here and curved design is lovely. Some of the Dimension 150 theatres used this similar design. Did not know My Fair Lady was done in cinerama. Thought it was filmed in the 1960’s. Saw it in extreme 70mil. Music Box Theatre in Seattle. A small place with a huge wide screen. Torn down now. It was elaborate too.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 25, 2017 at 8:28 pm

My Fair Lady was not a Cinerama film. It was filmed in the Super Panavision 70 process, and released in both 70mm and 35mm (anamorphic) formats. The Plaza was a 70mm house.

Adam on May 29, 2017 at 7:49 am

I remember seeing Robocop and missing in action 3 at the plaza it was a nice theatre the seats were great.

Matt Ceccato
Matt Ceccato on February 19, 2018 at 11:00 am

I erroneously reported that an auditorium was built from the ground up in 1977. It was built in 1975 or 1976, still researching when.

rivest266 on July 4, 2018 at 1:39 pm

This opened on July 3rd, 1970. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

Matt Ceccato
Matt Ceccato on October 16, 2018 at 10:20 am

I found out that the second auditorium at the Plaza opened on Christmas Day, 1975. I’ve added a “coming soon” and a “opening” photo to the photo section. I still think the main Ultra-Vision theater was split in 1978.

TheaterLover800 on December 6, 2019 at 9:11 pm

I remember back in 1971 when I had visited my grandparents who now lived up there. I originally wanted to go to the downtown Rialto theater, which cinema treasurers and Georgia has forgotten a downtown theater very small that normally showed x rated movies were showing Die Frankenstine die, normally when I visited my Grandparents I and my dad would go to the Bradley up the street. I was curious about the Rialto cause it was showing x rated movies. By the time I came back, it was showing GP rated horror film. I wanted to see it, but, my cousin wanted to go to the plaza theater to see walt disney’s scandalous john. She won. Well, I was surprised that this theater was exactly like the Montgomery mall theater in Mont ala,alao an Ultravision theater . The same type of 146-degree screen, like Cinerama and stereophonic sound, in fact, the same movie that premiered in Georgia premiered at the one where I lived in august 70. The Brian Kieth film was projected onto the curved screen. My guess was a blown-up from 35mm Panavision and at the end of the film had auditorium audio effects, simulated stereo audio music.

rivest266 on August 25, 2022 at 10:55 am

Closed on May 30th, 1997, by Carmike Cinemas.

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