Like many of the country's earliest movie palaces, the Plaza Theatre
has gone through a series of incarnations in the 75 years since it
opened, from an Art Deco gem in the 1930s to a 1970s porn palace to a
restored repertory theater in the 1990s. In 2012, The Plaza – Atlanta's
oldest continuously operating cinema – was purchased by a new owner, who
has since reverted its programming back to a nice mix of new indie
films, contemporary classics, and regular midnight screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Why It Stands Out: In 2012, Michael Furlinger – who previously revamped Charleston's Terrace Theatre –
purchased the Plaza Theatre and has been dutifully working to upgrade
the facilities (Including giving it plush chairs, gourmet concessions,
and digital projection) while keeping popular community events intact.