The Plaza Theatre in Weirton, WV is set to reopen in early 2016, following the grandest renovation in its forty-five years of history. In March 2015, Doug Jackson purchased the theatre and announced plans of a total renovation.
Below is the article from the Weirton Daily Times on Feb 7, 2015:
WEIRTON- Doug Jackson is determined to preserve Weirton, and his newest venture is the Plaza Theatre.
"I am all about restoring everything we can in the city. There seems to be little that's still here from Weirton's glory days, so I am really trying to preserve whatever is left."
The single screen theatre will seat about 200 patrons, and Jackson said renovations will be "wall to wall" and "ceiling to ceiling", costing somewhere around $250,000 just for the basics.
Upgrades will include a high definition screen, digital projector, Dolby Surround Sound, new concession area, new carpet and restrooms, an upstairs party room that will be available for rent, and stadium rocker/ reclining seats with cupholders.
Bill Waugh, bass player for the band Verdict, came up with the idea to host live entertainment in addition to screening movies. The restoration will include the removal of three rows of seats to build a stage beneath the big screen and provide a venue for local bands, comedians, plays and small theatre productions.
"This is a great theatre, a wonderful business opportunity and something that I feel is good for the community. It was here when I was growing up, and I want it to be here for our kids. It bothers me that our kids have to risk driving to Robinson or Pittsburgh for entertainment. I think these are the things a community should be able to provide here," Jackson said, "I want them to have the same experience that I did as a child."
The Theatre has been closed since mid December 2014, but it has housed many fond memories since its grand opening nearly forty-five years ago.
GRAND Re-OPENING is anticipated to be in early 2016. Thank you for the continued support.