Plaza Cinema

18 South Street,
Wincanton, BA9 9DL

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Architects: Edward G. De Wilde Holding

Functions: Church

Styles: Art Deco

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Plaza Cinema

Located in Wincanton, Somerset. The Plaza Cinema was opened on 22nd November 1934 with “Meet My Sister”. It was built and operated by the Manchester based Marks Circuit Cinemas Ltd. Although small in seating capacity, the cinema had a stage with a fly tower and dressing rooms.

It was equipped with CinemaScope in the mid-1950’s, and films continued into 1970 and it was converted into a bingo club. Films were shown occasionally on holidays and winter evenings.

In 1987, the Plaza Cinema was redecorated, and films returned, but it was a short lived venture, and bingo reigned full time again. In March 1989 films return for four nights a week with bingo on the other three nights. Business initially was good, but in May 1992, the building closed. It remained unused until a young man took it over and re-opened the Plaza Cinema with Tom Cruise in “Mission Impossible. Only the seats in the circle were used. He was hoping to convert the stalls into a second screen, but the business failed.

In 1999, a community church took over the building, and they are still in residence in 2014. There was a plan to get the cinema listed, but it failed.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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