Plaza Cinema

36 Bretonside,
Plymouth, PL4 0AU

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Additional Info

Previously operated by: Associated British Cinemas Ltd., Shipman & King Cinemas Ltd., Star Cinemas

Architects: H. J. Hammick

Functions: Pool Hall, Restaurant

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Studio 7

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Plaza Cinema

The Plaza Cinema opened in Treville Street (today re-named Bretonside) in February 1934. It was built for an independent operator and was designed by architect H.J. Hammick. It had a 30 feet wide proscenium.

On 3rd March 1935 it was taken over by Associated British Cinemas(ABC). It was taken over by Star Associated Cinemas Ltd. of Leeds on 1st April 1969 and was re-named Studio 7 on 9th December 1969.

Taken over by the Shipman and King circuit on 28th March 1976, it reverted back to the original Plaza Cinema name. Surviving on a programme policy of mainly adult sex films (with ‘X’ certificates), the Plaza Cinema closed on 4th October 1981 with "Sex On The Rocks" and "Blue Movie Star".

It was converted into a shopping arcade named the Barbican Plaza and also contains a snooker club. By July 2019 the shopping centre had been converted into an Indian restaurant. The Plaza Snooker Club still operates.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 2 comments)

CSWalczak on September 16, 2012 at 10:46 pm

There is additional information about this theatre here and here; here is some information about the period when it was the Studio 7, and finally here is some additional detail about its last years as a cinema.

Bill_Gibbs on May 23, 2013 at 12:33 am

I visited the Plaza in the mid 60s and it was the only time that I have ever seen Ross FC projectors They had no framing mechanism and if the film went a perforation out the entire gate and lens was moved up or down

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