Plaza Theater to celebrate 85 years this year


A Southwest Missouri landmark celebrates a milestone later this year.

The Plaza Theater in Lamar was first opened 85 years ago this year. Theater manager Scott Kelley says it’s become a big part of the community, serving as a place for family outings and even first dates for generations. Kelley adds while a lot of things have changed over the years, the theater has never lost its original magic.

“It really hasn’t changed, I mean, when we did all of the remodeling, everything was put back pretty much the way it was, I mean they stenciled, and everything pretty much was left or put back the way it was,” says Scott Kelley, The Plaza Theater.

And the Barco Drive In in Lamar will also hit a milestone this year, celebrating it’s 70th season.

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