Plaza Theatre

1447 S. Peoria Avenue,
Tulsa, OK 74120

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Architects: O. Otto Kubatzky

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Alhambra Theatre, Little Theatre, Pioneer Theatre

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Plaza Theatre

Originally opened on May 4, 1923 as the Alhambra Theatre, a Kimball organ was installed in the building. It was closed in 1928. The building was renovated in 1929 and was reopened as the Plaza Theatre on July 25, 1929 with William Boyd in “The Leatherneck”. It was closed in 1960. It briefly re-opened as the Pioneer Theatre on October 15, 1960 screening Charlton Heston in “Ben Hur”.

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xxx on September 9, 2005 at 11:10 am

From a 2005 calendar ‘TULSA, SEE YA AT THE MOVIES’, ALHAMBRA Theater opened 1924, and closed 1928. Reopend in 1930 with a complete renovation and new name- PLAZA and continued as a movie house until at least 1949. After that it operated as Tulsa Little Theater, a live stage show venue.

missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on December 5, 2006 at 4:08 pm

Vintage Tulsa World Newspaper ads reveal that this theatre specialized in cheapie B-pictures from low budget producers like William Castle, Roger Corman, Kroger Babb, etc.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 3, 2007 at 1:05 pm

The architect for the Alhambra Square and Theatre was O. Otto Kubatzky. Here is a link to a list of his other work:
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raybradley
raybradley on August 29, 2007 at 9:23 pm

Look here to see 1940s photos of the Plaza Theatre complete makeover from Spanish Colonial to Streamline Moderne. Type in word “plaza” to view images,

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raybradley
raybradley on March 23, 2011 at 6:37 pm

A quicker route to see 1942 interior and exterior shots is to go to above link and type in “Tulsa Plaza Theatre”, under match all words.
Oklahoma State Historical Society now list the Plaza as torn down.

benson
benson on August 31, 2015 at 2:01 pm

the plaza was still open in the late 50’s. saw “god created woman” with bridget b.

jsclemokie
jsclemokie on August 17, 2021 at 7:39 pm

The Plaza is one of dozens of Tulsa theaters featured in the Arcadia book “Tulsa Movie Theaters.” The Plaza was Tulsa’s first suburban theater, opening in the early 1920s as Alhambra. It became the Plaza in 1930 and operated until 1960. After a brief stint as the Premiere, the theatre was demolished for parking for Alhambra Appliances, 15th & Peoria. Palace Cafe occupies that building now in 2021.

rivest266
rivest266 on October 30, 2022 at 1:45 pm

Reopened as Plaza on July 25th, 1929

rivest266
rivest266 on November 13, 2022 at 5:05 pm

Reopened as Premeire on October 15th, 1960 with “ben hur”

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