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Plaza Theatre Reopens

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It’s sat empty for years, but now, after a year-long renovation, the Plaza Theatre will open its doors to theater-goers once more.  Located onNorthwest 16th street, the Plaza Theatre’s first even will be on December 7th and will feature “Forever Plaid,” a four man quartet.

What’s more, the Plaza Theatre will now be the home for Oklahoma’s professional music theatre company, Lyric Theatre.  Lyric is known throughout the state as one of the best companies to perform for, and their performances are incredibly good.  While Lyric has held its performances in a number of venues, including the huge Civic Center Music Hall, having the Plaza Theatre as their home will allow the company to expand and put on year-round shows.

So what is it about the Plaza Theatre that has people so excited?  The history.  The Plaza District has been undergoing some major renovations lately (which I’m particularly pleased about since I live only blocks from the area), and the Plaza Theatre is one of the most historical buildings in the area.  The theatre was build in the early 1900’s, and it was Oklahoma’s first air conditioned theatre, something that drew people from around the state in the summer (trust me, in Oklahoma, you don’t even think about going somewhere unless air conditioning is a given!).  At that time, the theatre seated 900.  After a major renovation in the 1950’s, seating was dropped to 500, and today, the newly revamped Plaza Theatre will accommodate 278 patrons. 

Why the drop in numbers?  Convenience.  The Plaza’s designers laid out the rows of seats so that people won’t have to get up if someone in the middle needs out.  Now THAT is worth cutting seating in half, in my opinion!  Some seats can even be removed to fit in more stage room or an orchestra.Another huge upgrade was done to the lobby, which is now all white and features several large plasma screens so you can actually watch the performances from outside.  This is nice if you need to step out during a performance. 

There’s a lot to look forward to at the new theatre.  One of the new programs the Lyric Theatre is planning is “Lyric at the Plaza,” a winter series of events that beings with “Plaid Tidings.”  It will be followed by “Greater Tuna,” Lyric’s first comedy, in February.  Lyric will spend the summer back in theCivic Center, but they’ll be back in October with the cult classic “Rocky Horror Show” (I’m very excited about that one!).

If you’re interested in checking out the new theatre, you can check out “Plaid Tidings” from December 7th until the 23rd.  Shows are at 7:30 on Thursdays, 8 on Fridays and Saturdays, and matinees are on Saturdays at 2 or Sundays at 3.  The concert features traditional and spiced up Christmas songs, and it’s perfect for the entire family. 

I’m looking forward to checking out the new Plaza Theatre.   With so many incredibly talented performers in Oklahoma, it will be very nice to have a place where they can really show off their ability.  Many people don’t realize that Oklahoma has a large number of performers, but we’ve got some of the best singers and dancers here.  If you’re in town, I urge you to check Lyric’s schedule on their website (http://www.lyrictheatreokc.com/) and to attend one of their performances if you can.  And if you live in Oklahoma City, well, you should certainly attend at least one show.  You’ll be glad you did.

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  • 1 Mary // Feb 12, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Does anyone have the street address for the Plaza Theatre – we have tickets, but not seeing the actual address listed on any of the websites – please help and thank you

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