Plaza Theatre

1014 Garrison Avenue,
Fort Smith, AR 72901

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Previously operated by: Malco Theatres Inc., Paramount Pictures Inc.

Previous Names: Mystic Theatre

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Plaza Theatre

The Mystic Theatre was one of six theatres along Garrison Avenue. It was located on Garrison just North of 10th Street. On October 26, 1940 it was renamed Plaza Theatre when it was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary M.A. Lightman. It was still open in 1950, when it was operated by Malco Theatres.

It has been demolished and a new building on the site which has retail and office space. Information obtained from the Arkansas Historical Society magazine.

Contributed by Chuck

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fkrock on September 10, 2010 at 4:51 pm

The Plaza was named for the Fort Smith Plaza Park that was located across Garrison Avenue from the theater. By 1940 the park had been replaced by the local Greyhound bus depot and a DX gasoline station. The theater was a remodeled storefront. In the 1940’s it was a second-run B movie grindhouse. Adult ticket prices were 22 cents, five cents less than the New Theater, the first-run B movie theater, that was one block away.

fkrock on September 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm

The street number given probably is wrong. A Google street view on September 10, 2010, shows that the former theater location and a number of adjacent stores and a bar is now a parking lot. The theater was only about two doors west of Towson Avenue.

fkrock on September 20, 2010 at 7:06 pm

In September, 2010, the building that originally housed the Plaza Theater, a barber shop, a bar, and several stores had been torn down to provide parking for a new Post Office branch that was built in 1994. I was wrong in my earlier comment. The given street number is correct.

50sSNIPES on August 27, 2023 at 2:13 pm

First known as the Mystic Theatre, renamed Plaza Theatre on October 26, 1940.

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