Plaza Theater at Parole

2207 Forest Drive,
Annapolis, MD 21401

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Functions: Restaurant

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Plaza Theater at Parole

According to an article in The Capital newspaper upon its closing in 1988, it opened in 1966 with one screen and 824-seats. It split into two screens in 1974. Run by Thomas Kiefaber, grandson of Frank Durkee, it closed October 10, 1988. The last movies shown were “Eight Men Out” and “Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master”.

The location first became a men’s formal wear shop. Then it became an Outback Steakhouse. Outback is still there, now alongside a Bertucci’s.

Contributed by Fred Topel

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

Ftopel on June 4, 2016 at 4:34 pm

Desperate for photos of this theater. I don’t even think the building is the same. They renovated it for the restaurants.

Ftopel on May 10, 2017 at 7:35 pm

Added some pics of the site today, an Outback Steakhouse. I don’t think it’s even the same building anymore but the shape looks the same.

davidcoppock on October 10, 2017 at 10:32 pm

Was it picture theatre for people who got out of prison, hence the word parole in the title?

Ftopel on October 10, 2017 at 10:34 pm

Parole is part of Annapolis. There is still a Parole shopping center, just no theater anymore.

uncouth_rustic on November 23, 2017 at 4:47 pm

The movie theater was demolished, so there is no connection with the restaurant building. I remember seeing Return of the Jedi at the Plaza Theater and the long line of people waiting to get in went all the way around the building.

Ftopel on November 24, 2017 at 2:49 pm

Right. I guess the land defines the shape of the building. Were you in Annapolis when this theater existed?

pamajestic on July 14, 2020 at 7:14 pm

I think the Outback does occupy the old theatre. Look at the aerial picture of the building from Colonial Drive-In page then look at the current Google satellite. Look at the side wall from street view. Definitely 1960’s block work.

Ftopel on June 4, 2021 at 10:26 pm

Dallasmovietheaters, thank you so much for the photos you uploaded! This has been my holy grail theater! Where did you find them? I guess the auditorium was pre split.

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