Plaza Theatre

711 Main Street,
Trenton, MO 64683

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Previously operated by: Commonwealth Amusement Corp.

Functions: Housing

Styles: Art Deco

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Plaza Theatre in Trenton Missouri

This 600-seat Art Deco style theatre was located inside a building outfitted with a hotel on its upper floors. The Plaza Theatre was opened on December 25, 1929 with Arthur Lake in “On with the Show!”. By 1941 it was operated by Commonwealth Amusement Corp. They continued to operate it until at least 1950. The Plaza Theatre was closed on August 30, 1985 with Anthony Michael Hall in “Weird Science”.

The theatre was destroyed by fire on December 1, 1999. The remains of the building were converted into apartments which have retained the original marquee.

Contributed by William Hamilton

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boots on August 29, 2002 at 7:37 pm

Like many children in the Trenton area…this was “Our Theatre” especially at Saturday Matinees! How the memories linger on of cowboy pictures and serials week after week! The only other movie theatre in town that closed in the 1950’s was the Royal…one block north of the Plaza. But all the “blockbusters” were screened at the Plaza…and many a “first date” couple saw their favorite pictures screened here. Also as a child…going to the movies on Friday nights was a “Family Affair”…with all 5 of us in attendance. And believe it or not…I can actually remember my father wearing a necktie…way back then! So thanks to the owners of the Plaza Theatre for providing us with so many hours of pleasure and so many wonderful memories!

My best…William Hamilton!

mybestpal on November 6, 2022 at 7:39 pm

Happy to report that the Plaza Theatre in Trenton, Missouri opened on Wednesday, Dec 25, 1929 and I am still researching when it closed…sometime in the 1980’s. Does anyone else know the exact closing date?

50sSNIPES on October 12, 2023 at 6:12 pm

The Plaza Theatre closed its doors on August 30, 1985 with “Weird Science” due to poor attendance, and George Day was the last operator of the theater. The Main Street Cinema would later open eight months later.

On December 1, 1999, the building was destroyed by a fire causing two walls to collapse.

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