The oldest purpose-built cinema in operation is more than 111 years old. It's the Plaza Cinema in Ottawa, Kansas, USA, in operation since May 22, 1907.


Museum Experience: Wed-Sun opens at Noon; Mon and Tues open for private events, birthday parties, showing of home movies or DVDs, and group museum tours (reservation required). Call for information or group reservations. Movie line: (785) 242-0777

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209 S. Main Street
Ottawa, KS 66067
Phone: 785-242-5555

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AC / Heating
Group Tours

The World's oldest purpose-built cinema in operation, The Plaza Cinema, opened its Movie Memorabilia Museum May 15, 2013. The exhibit includes an impressive collection of movie props, costumes, scripts, posters and original signed photographs from big screen favorites such as King Kong, Three Musketeers, Hunger Games, Creature from the Black Lagoon and much more.The museum has new and exciting exhibits all the time–from Elvis's hair to real costumes worn in big motion pictures! The collections are a joy to see and were acquired with help from the Franklin County Historical Society and special friends.

The museum is a celebration of cinema magic and reflects the films played at The Plaza Cinema over the past 111 years.

Call the office for Group Pricing (785) 242-5555. All proceeds from museum ticket sales benefit the preservation of this national treasure, The Plaza Cinema (Plaza 1907).

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