Plaza Theatre

205 Main Street,
Crane, MO 65633

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Previous Names: Electric Theatre, Barris Theatre, Doug's Playhouse, New Plaza Theatre

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The Electric Theatre was opened on April 10, 1911. It was renamed Barris Theatre on February 24, 1916. It was closed on July 20, 1918. It was reopened as Doug’s Playhouse in 1920 which closed in 1921 and almost immediately reopened as the Electric Theatre again. On November 2, 1930 it was renamed Plaza Theatre. On January 18, 1943 it suffered damage from a fire and following repairs it reopened as the New Plaza Theatre on May 12, 1943. The theatre seated 266 and was still listed as open in 1957.

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dallasmovietheaters on September 2, 2019 at 6:18 pm

Launched as the Electric Theatre April 10, 1911, the venue converted to sound on June 12, 1930. Simmons and McAllister bought the theatre rebranding it as the Plaza Theatre on November 2, 1930. On January 18, 1943, a fire closed the facility relaunching May 12, 1943 as the New Plaza Theatre.

dallasmovietheaters on September 5, 2019 at 2:54 pm

A bit more: W.A. “Lon” Barris purchased the Electric Theatre in 1916 and changed its name to the Barris Theatre relaunching under that name on February 24, 1916 with Charles Dudley in “Neal of the Navy.” On July 20, 1918, Barris closed the Barris and concentrated his theatre efforts to the Barris Theatre in Marionville, Missouri. The town was served by an airdome in 1919. But under new owners, the venue relaunched in 1920 under the name Doug’s Playhouse closing briefly in 1921. It reverted to the Electric Theatre nameplate in 1921.

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