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THE PLAZA CINEMA IS THE OLDEST OPERATING CINEMA ON EARTH!

That's right, since 1905 the Plaza Cinema has been playing (or projecting) motion pictures. Just imagine 100 years ago, a person kind of like you (would be very old now) was sitting in this same theater, watching a motion picture on the big screen! That's magical, that's why we love it here, and that's why we want you to love it too. Be our guest at the Plaza Cinema and discover the historical magic of movies, watch a new release, or watch a film from the past–you could even do all three.

Our Movie Memorabilia Museum has new and exciting exhibits all the time–from Elvis's hair to real costumes worn in big motion pictures! Trust me, it's cool.

Check out showtimes and what's now playing here.

The KC Star Article

 

BELOW IS THE HISTORICAL EVIDENCE AND SOURCES PROVING THE HISTORY OF OUR LOVELY CINEMA:

Pickrell Buiding 1885                                   Source: Kansas State Historical Society
Pickrell Buiding 1885                                   Source: US National Historical Registry
Pickrell Buiding 1885                                   Source: Copy of United States Department of Interior Approval
1905 Annuls of Ottawa Article                     Movie Theatre mention upstairs at 213 S. Main moving quickly to 211 S. Main
1907 Ottawa Kansas City Directory             Location: Franklin County Historical Society p.36, E.E. Wagner, Mngr. 211 S. Main
1910 Ottawa City Directory                          pg 58 Crystal Theatre C.J. Clark Propr. 211 S. Main
1913 Ottawa City Directory                          Crystal Theatre (A.D. Birch) 211 S. Main
1916 Ottawa City Directory                          211 S. Main Propr. W.A. Millington (moving pictures)
1917 Crystal Theatre Fire                            Ottawa Herald Story- March 1, 1917 (copy of story)
1917 Ottawa Herald Article                          “Washburn & Son are drawing plans for remodeling After fire” (copy of story)
1921 Ottawa City Directory                          211 South Main Mgr W.A. Millington
1922 Ottawa City Directory                          Crystal Theatre 209 S. Main Mgr. G.E. Klock
1926 Ottawa Herald Ad                                For Movies Playing at Crystal
1926 Ottawa Herald  Ad                               For Movies Playing at Crystal, Ottawa Tele Directory
1929 Ottawa Herald Ad                                First Talkie Movies at Crystal
1930 Newspaper Story                                 Fox Midwest purchased the Crystal and remodeled
1934 City Building Permit                             “Plaza” 209 South Main permit for bathroom fixtures
1934 Newspaper Story                                 Front Page “Reconstruction of Crystal is announced by E.D Dorrel Mgr Fox Theatres
1935 Newspaper Story                                 February Grand Opening of remodeled Plaza
1935 City Directory                                       pg 226  Plaza Theatre North Main
1938 City Directory                                       pg 213  209 South Main
1941 City Directory                                       pg 202 Plaza Theatre 209 South Main
1946 City Directory                                       pg 231  Plaza Theatre 209 South Main
1950 City Directory                                       pg 239 Plaza Theatre 209 South Main
1953 City Directory                                       pg  218 Plaza Theatre 209 South Main
1955 City Directory                                       pg 232  Plaza 209 South Main
1957 City Directory                                       pg 141 Plaza Theatre Eugene Sappington Manager 209 South Main
1959 City Directory                                       pg 112 Plaza Theatre Eugene Sappinton 209 South Main
1961 City Directory                                       pg 156 Plaza Theatre Chester A Hylton mgr 209 South
1962 City Directory                                       pg 125 Plaza Theatre Chester A Hylton mgr 209 South
1964 City Directory                                       pg 128 Plaza Theatre Leon Roberston Mgr 209 South
1965 City Directory                                       pg 113 Plaza Theatre Leon Robertson Mgr 209 South
1966 City Directory                                       pg 104 Plaza Theatre Leon Roberson Mgr 209 South
1967 City Directory                                       pg 110 Plaza Theatre Frank Banning Mgr 209 south
1969 City Directory                                       pg 116 Plaza Theatre Joseph Matthews Jr. 209 South
1970 City Directory                                       pg 103 Plaza Theatre Joseph Matthews Jr. 209 South
1971 City Directory                                       pg 104 Plaza Theatre Joseph Matthews JR  209 South
1972 City Directory                                       pg 105 Plaza Theatre Francis Glenn Mgr 209 South Main
1973 City Directory                                       pg 107 Plaza Theatre Robert Clark Mgr. 209 South Main
1974 City Directory                                       pg 120 Plaza Theatre Jerry Mason Mgr. 209 South Main
1975 City Directory                                       pg.113 Plaza Theatre Jerry Mason Mgr. 209 South Main
1976 City Directory                                       pg 122 Plaza Theatre Wayne Zarachary Mgr 209 South
1977 City Directory                                       pg 130 Plaza Theatre Wayne Zacachary Mgr 209 South
1979 City Director                                         pg 133 Plaza Theatre Joe Matthews JR Mgr 209 South
1980 City Directory                                       pg 137 Plaza Theatre Daniel Cope Mgr. 209 South Main
1981 City Directory                                       pg 136 Plaza Theatre Daniel Cope Mgr. 209 South Main
1982 City Directory                                       pg 132 Plaza Theatre Daniel Cope Mgr. 209 South Main
1983 City Directory                                       pg 133 Plaza Theatre Danel Cope Mgr.209 South Main
1984 City Directory                                       pg 142 Plaza Theatre Daniel H. Cope Mgr 209 South Ma
1985 City Directory                                       pg 149 Plaza Theatre Linda Wrisner Mgr 209 south Main
1986 City Directory                                       pg 142 Plaza Theatre Scott Maples Mgr. 209 south Main
1987 City Directory                                       pg 142 Plaza Theatre Steven and Mrs Lee Ann Bagby
1988 City Directory                                       pg 141 Plaza Theatre  “
1989 City Directory                                       pg 151 Plaza Theatre “
1990 City Directory                                       pg 148 Plaza Theatre “
1991 City Directory                                       pg 151 Plaza Theatre “
1992 City Directory                                       pg 38 Plaza Theatre “
1993 City Directory                                       pg 40 Plaza Theatre “
1994 City Directory                                       pg 46 Plaza Theatre “
1999 City Directory                                       pg 44 Plaza Theatre Steve Bagby Movie Theatre 209 South Main
2000 Ownership - 2005                               Richard Dimoush
2005 To Current                                            Rita” Peach” Madl (PTO LLC.) remodeled and repaired theatre in 2006

-Peach Madl
Plaza Cinema Owner, 2005 - Present