The Historic Plaza Theatre, located on 33 S. Main St. in downtown Miamisburg, December 9, 2016. Photo credit: Tom Gilliam
Photo: Tom Gilliam
Photo: Tom Gilliam

Historic Dayton area theater has 16,093 reasons to celebrate  

The folks behind one of the Dayton area’s oldest movie theaters have 16,093 new feathers for their cap. 

The historic Plaza Theatre, 33 S. Main St. in downtown Miamisburg, has hit the attendance goal it established before reopening in 2015, according to a note from board member Doug Sorrell. 
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“Thank you to everyone for everything you have done for the Historic Plaza Theatre and our community,” Sorrell said in an email to supporters.

The Plaza Theatre first opened on Christmas Day 1919.

The Plaza Theatre in downtown Miamisburg will hold its first gala fundraiser Oct. 21. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF PHOTO

It closed as a movie house in 1968 due partly to competition from television, according to a history story by contributor Tom Gilliam.

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Sorrell’s family moved its business, The Western Shop, to the Plaza’s business in 1969. The shop was renamed Sor-rell's and operated in the location until it closed in 2002 under other owners. 

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The building  was vacant until 2015, when Plaza Theatre Association and Downtown Miamisburg Inc., began a $350,000 renovation project after raising funds for a year.

Restored, the 285-seat theater re-opened on Christmas Day 2015 with the movie "Field of Dreams.”

It’s attendance goals were as follows, according to the note from Sorrell, a finalist in’s best of Dayton contest in the best “do-gooder” category

• 2016 goal. 12,000 Actual:  11,779 +/- 

• 2017 goal. 14,000. Actual:  15,388 

• 2018 goal. 16,000. Attendance 16,093 as of Sunday, Dec. 10

About 20 more days remain in the year. 

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