521 W. State Street was originally the site of various dry goods stores including Joe J. Mickle and Son, Hudson Davis and later Cole & Davis. The Plaza Theatre opened at this location on April 4, 1941, with the movie “Western Union.” The Plaza was one of three theatre buildings in downtown, all of which were owned and operated by H.R. and Jennie Bisby. Upon completion, the square’s Plaza Theatre became the most modern building in downtown Garland.
In 1950, Dallas architect Jack Corgan designed a new and updated façade. In the 1970s and 80s, local country-western groups replaced film showings in the performance hall. John Skelton, trustee of the Bisby estate, donated the Plaza Theatre to the City of Garland in December 1991.
In 2001, the art-deco Plaza Theatre was refurbished by the City of Garland, who currently owns and operates the facility as a performance venue. If you would like to see what is currently showing at the Plaza Theatre please visit GarlandArts.com
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Heritage Crossing Coordinator
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Garland Landmark Museum Heritage Crossing
393 N. Sixth Street PO Box 469002
Garland, Texas 75040 Garland, Texas 75046
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PO Box 462232
Garland, Texas 75046