It closed as a movie house in 1968 due partly to competition from television, according to a history story by Dayton.com contributor Tom Gilliam.
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Sorrell’s family moved its business, The Western Shop, to the Plaza’s business in 1969. The shop was renamed Sor-rell's and operated in the location until it closed in 2002 under other owners.
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The building was vacant until 2015, when Plaza Theatre Association and Downtown Miamisburg Inc., began a $350,000 renovation project after raising funds for a year.
Restored, the 285-seat theater re-opened on Christmas Day 2015 with the movie "Field of Dreams.”
It's attendance goals were as follows, according to the note from Sorrell, a finalist in Dayton.com's best of Dayton contest in the best "do-gooder" category:
• 2016 goal. 12,000 Actual: 11,779 +/-
• 2017 goal. 14,000. Actual: 15,388
• 2018 goal. 16,000. Attendance 16,093 as of Sunday, Dec. 10
About 20 more days remain in the year.
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