32 Trinity Street,
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Picturedrome Electric Theatre Company (Official)
Operated by: Picturedrome Electric Theatre Company
Previously operated by: Miles Byrne Group, Reeltime Cinemas UK
Architects: Robin Audrey Thomas
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Styles: Art Deco
The Plaza Cinema opened on 10th July 1933 as a single screen cinema with a seating capacity of 986. It’s opening attraction was Fay Wray in “King Kong”, said to be the first screening of this film outside London and direct from the London Coliseum.
Now operates one cinema in former circle area (the Premiere screen 180 seats) and the Century screen in the former café area (80 seats). When Reeltime Cinemas UK operated the cinema in the 2000’s, they had plans to add screens in the now disused stalls area, which was used for 25 years as a bingo club until the club closed in around 2003.
Since the end of 2008, the Plaza Cinema has been operated by Picturedrome Electric Theatre Company. A third screen was added in January 2011 and in 2012 a fourth screen was added.
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3D HAS ARRIVED IN DORCHESTER!!
The Plaza Now has the ability to show 3D films.
Upcoming 3D film ‘ALICE IN WONDERLAND IN 3D’ from 5 March.
They alredy had an NEC 2K DLP Digital Projector, but i am not sure if this is the projector that will be used for 3D. Probably, though, as this was the only Digital Projector which they had, i’m not sure if they have any more now.
Only one of the 2 new screens is to open in the summer (fingers-crossed) – the 4th screen to follow. The bingo hall is all cleared out and ready to go however.
And yes, it is the NEC 2K DLP Digital projector that they are using for 3D – they have the XPAND 3D system (I visted the projection room recently – March 2010).
It is good that investment has gone into the Plaza. I hope it survives the competition from the Old Brewery site when it opens.
3rd screen is now open at the Plaza
Screen 4, the final addition to the cinema, is on its way….Also the Plaza is hoping to go fully digital by the end of 2011. Further more, the Plaza now has a fully lincensed bar and all 3 screens are licenced. Aswell as being on Facebook, the Plaza now have a blog, and a twitter page. PLaza babies – a weekly screening with the volume down and the lights up for parents with babies unser 18th months now showing every Wednesday.
The Plaza now has 4 screens and shows live via satellite Opera, Ballet and Theatre. Recent Bond film, “Skyfall” has sold out almost every showing for 6 weeks.
“A £500,000 revamp of an art deco-style independent cinema in Dorset has been completed.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-34834725
Incredibly cheap tickets here, £2.50 Monday to Friday and £3.50 weekends.
Ticket prices at this cinema have changed to £3.50 Weekdays and £4.50 weekends, and 8 “Lounge seats” have been added at the back of the largest screen, for £1 extra on the ticket price.
The current seating capacities are Screen 1 188 seats (first floor)
Screen 2 60 seats (first floor)
Screen 3 110 seats + 4 Wheelchair spaces (ground floor)
Screen 4 75 seats + 2 Wheelchair spaces (ground floor)