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The Plaza Theatre sign is Orlando's only unchanged theater sign from the 1960s and represents the only known sign of its type in the city. It was built in San Diego and shipped to Orlando. It opened in 1963 with the movie “McLintock.” The Plaza theatre underwent many renovations, including the introduction of twin screens, rocking chair seats, angle seating, and wider screens. In the 1990s the theater was converted to a live venue performance hall.


  • The Plaza Theatre Sign
Interestingly, when it opened several movies stars of the day including Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Paul Newman, Gregory Peck, Jack Lemon and John Wayne sent the theater telegrams congratulating its opening. These were posted in the lobby; it is not clear where these are today. 
Owens, Sherri. "Plaza Theatre Billboard Seeks Its Place In History." Orlando Sentinel. March 30, 1997. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1997-03-30/news/9703270494_1_plaza-theatre-plaza-sign-historic-p... 

Moore, Ernest C. "Historic Landmarks." The Journal of Higher Education 4.9 (1933): 500. Web.  http://www.cityoforlando.net/city-planning/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2015/02/Orlando-Local-Landmar... 
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