The historic Plaza Theatre reopens in Calgary with a re-imagined concept

Calgary’s oldest independent theatre reopens with a refurbished look

Image via the Plaza Theatre's Facebook page

This past weekend, the oldest and arguably most iconic independent movie theatre to operate in Calgary, The Plaza Theatre, officially welcomed patrons back after a long pandemic-induced hiatus. 

The historic Kensington cinema has been a longstanding fixture in Calgary culture since it originally opened in 1935, and while the recently-refurbished space has managed to retain its charm, it now offers a slew of new features for Calgarians to enjoy alongside their film viewing experience. 

In addition to a vibrant and vintage-aesthetic lobby space and concession stand, the Plaza now boasts a cool new all-day cafe and cocktail bar where guests will be able to order a selection of craft beers, cocktails, and coffee, along with food from local food and beverage businesses like Empire Provisions and Our Daily Brett

The Plaza also plans to feature a permanent food truck just outside of the main building with residencies rotating every couple of months, as well as a new patio space that will likely open sometime in early spring.  

The Plaza Theatre is open Fridays from 4 to 11 p.m.