Plaza Cinema

Lemon Street,
Truro, TR1 2PN

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Biffaskin on March 5, 2012 at 6:24 am

Another thought.. above the Circle foyer (Plaza 2) was unused space, the former cafe. You could see out of the top of the three long windows onto Lemon Street from there, plus there was still a pond in the roof (which leaked!) from when it was opened… devoid of fish I hasten to add! It must have looked beautiful at night lit up… Mr Whale had plans to build Plaza 4 up there, but it never came to pass…

Biffaskin on March 5, 2012 at 6:21 am

I worked at this cinema for a summer season, alongside the Camelot in Newquay, for Mr Norman Whale who operated both at the time. Sadly the electrics in the Plaza were a little suspect, which caused the safety certificate to be refused… by that time, Mr Whale had lost the Camelot, and so decided to give it all up. It is good that WTW Cornish Cinemas took the Plaza over… always a pleasure to work in, the main screen, Plaza 1, still used the old projectors and carbon arc lighting, from the original projection room.

Plaza 2 was in the former circle foyer, projection room squeezed under the circle void… Plaza 3 was in two-thirds of the rear stalls… the other third unused, just used as a walkway to gain access to the front stalls when needed.

If you sat in the circle in Plaza 1, you still had the same look and feel of how it all was when it opened.. pure bliss!