Stockport Plaza is an art deco gem that has served its community for nine decades.
The Plaza celebrates its 90th birthday today, having survived the threat of demolition and World War II. From its opening on the 7th of October 1932, the iconic venue has remained loved by many, sporting a classic cinema, stage, café and gallery.
As well as a rich community history, having been saved from demolition 20 years ago by a campaign from local residents, The Plaza also has an international reputation – notably being the last remaining super cinema and variety theatre still trading in her original capacity.
The 1930s building also played a role in World War II, where it was reportedly one of the safest places for locals to be during an air raid.
Previously a super cinema and variety theatre, The Plaza stills hosts a wide range of stage productions with everything from musical theatre and gigs to comedians and an annual panto.
After receiving grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and various other charitable organisations back in 2009, The Plaza went through a thorough restoration to restore the beautiful building it back to its 1930s charm. During the restoration, new house tabs – which are the curtains at the front of the stage – were carefully created to replicate the originals from 1932.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!……The glorious Plaza is 90 years old TODAY and if you have been listening to BBC Radio Manchester this morning our Plaza early birds: Ted, Joe and Emily have been talking to Molly from the BBC all about our History, our wonderful team and our Birthday xxx pic.twitter.com/eEVxtkx3IM
— StockportPlaza (@StockportPlaza1) October 7, 2022
The Plaza is hosting a variety of events this week to celebrate their birthday including welcoming Robert Powell and Liza Goddard to present their show ‘Silver Screen‘ – a tribute to the first 100 years of cinema.
Film ‘Save the Cinema‘ is also being shown this weekend – a story of a picture house like The Plaza which was saved by its local community.
There is also a celebration of ‘The Mighty Compton Organ‘, which was installed and played on the Plaza’s opening day 90 years ago this week.
Later on this year, Greater Manchester residents can also look forward to the return of the Plaza’s yearly pantomime- which has been announced as Cinderella.