Upcoming Events

Film: The Imitation Game - Cert 12A
30 January
Banff Film Festival
31 January
Everything Stops For New Years Tea
1 February
Barry Norman's Favourite Films
5 February
Dance Extravaganza
6 February
The Elvis Years
7 February
The WOW Show
8 February
RSC Live Screening: Love Labours Lost
11 February
Jurassic Adventures
13 February
to 14 February
Film: Valentine Special - Casablanca - Cert U
14 February
Boyband Explosion
15 February
Live Screening: Norma
17 February
NT Encore Family Screening: Treasure Island - Suitable for Ages 10+
18 February
Fascinating Aida: Charm Offensive
19 February
Count Arthur Strong
20 February
Banff Film Festival
21 February
The Chuckles of Oz
22 February
Behind the Scenes Tour at 11am
23 February
Rhapsody Queen
26 February
Film: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) & The Ghoul (1933) Double Bill - Cert PG
27 February
2015 Chinese New Year Extravaganza
28 February
The Russian State Ballet and Opera House presents Rigoletto
4 March
RSC Encore Screening: Loves Labours Won
5 March
Film: Jessie Matthews Double Bill featuring Gangway (1937) & Evergreen (1934) - Cert U
6 March
Organ Concert Coffee Morning
7 March
Roy Orbison and Friends with Barry Steele
7 March
Romiley Operatic Society presents HAIRSPRAY
10 March
to 14 March
Cafe Restaurant: Mothers Day Special
15 March
The Wedding Singer
20 March
to 21 March
Hamlet Screening
23 March
Behind the Scenes Tour at 11am
23 March
NT Encore Screening: Behind The Beautiful Forevers
24 March
A Night of Dirty Dancing
25 March
The Good Old Days of Variety
26 March
Film: Now Voyager - Cert U
27 March
Sophie Dee School of Dance
29 March
NT Encore Screening: A View From The Bridge
30 March
San Fansisco Opera Screening: Showboat
1 April
Ray Quinn
2 April
Film: Alfie - Cert 15
3 April
Beauty and The Beast - Easter Panto - starring Bobby Davro and Dani Harmer
4 April
Hamlet Screening
8 April
Sex in Suburbia starring Claire Sweeney - Adults Only
9 April
Essence of Ireland
10 April
Dave Spikey - Punchlines - Suitable for 16+
11 April
Dominic Kirwan & Mary Duff - Together in Concert
12 April
Sing-a-long-a Frozen - Age recommendation 5+
14 April
The Life and Times of Jim Reeves
15 April
The Magic of Motown
16 April
69 Shades of Black starring Faye Tozer - Adults Only
17 April
Ken Dodd's Happiness Show
18 April
23 April
Josephine Tewson - Still Keeping Up Appearances?
25 April
That'll Be The Day
26 April
Behind the Scenes Tour at 11am
27 April
NT Encore Screening: The Hard Problem - Cert 12A
30 April
Film: Carry On Doctor plus Evening After Film Q&A with Anita Harris - Cert PG
1 May
Cafe Restaurant: May Everything Stop for Tea?...Oh yes it does!
3 May
Albert Lee & Hogans Heroes
4 May
Basil Brush
10 May
Saturday Night Bee Gees
14 May
The Bradshaws in Goosed
15 May
Behind the Scenes Tour at 11am
18 May
Encore Screening: The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert & Sullivan directed by Mike Leigh
19 May
Milton Jones and the Temple of Daft
20 May
Film: Vertigo - Cert PG
22 May
NT Encore: Man & Superman (Cert 12A)
29 May
Back to Broadway
31 May
We'll Meet Again
2 June
Pasha Kovalev Life Through Dance
4 June
The Billy Fury Years
5 June
Let's Hang On
12 June
Danny Oliver's Michael Jackson Eternity
13 June
Christie Fundraising Event
14 June
Film: Quadrophenia - Cert 18
19 June
Behind the Scenes Tour at 11am
29 June
Film: Guys and Dolls - Cert U
3 July
Film: Jaws - Cert 12A
4 July
Organ Concert Coffee Morning
4 July
Joe McElderry
11 July
Cafe Restaurant: Gatsby Murder Mystery
17 July
RSC Live Screening: The Merchant of Venice
22 July
Film: The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands - Cert U
24 July
Princes of Pop
25 July
Cafe Restaurant: Everything Stops for Summertime Tea
26 July
Behind the Scenes Tour at 11am
27 July
Behind the Scenes Tour at 11am
24 August
The Cinema Organ Socirty and The Plaza presents Silent Film Events featuring Nigel Ogden
30 August
10 September
Five Star Swing - The Big Band
27 September
The Russian State Ballet and Opera House presents La Traviata
2 October
Mad About The Musicals starring Gareth Gates and Michael Courtney
3 October
Organ Concert Coffee Morning
10 October
Elkie Brooks
17 October
Behind the Scenes Tour at 11am
19 October
Psychic Sally On The Road
20 October
Stockport Operatic Society - Kiss Me Kate
27 October
to 31 October
Behind the Scenes Tour at 11am
16 November
Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs
4 December
to 10 January

Plaza News - Click below for latest news

Cafe Restaurant



The Plaza first opened its doors to the public on 7th October 1932, with a charity show for Stockport Infirmary. The films shown were “Jailbird”, starring Laurel and Hardy, and “Out of the Blue” with Gene Gerrard and Jessie Matthews. Ticket prices ranged from 7d (3p) to 2/- (10p). Built at this time, The Plaza stood on the cusp between silent movies and the talkies; it looked both backwards and forwards. It also created a luxurious escape for people accustomed to the hard life of a Northern industrial town.


The Plaza began a programme of entertainment never seen before in Stockport with a mix of cinema and live performance. Shows included a silent newsreel, accompanied by The Plaza orchestra, featuring the Compton organ played by resident organist, Mr Cecil Chadwick.


The history of The Plaza is not without controversy. The Stockport Advertiser rallied against the new theatre, denouncing it as a bad influence on the town’s youth and complaining that it had been constructed by “outside labourers”, at the height of The Depression. Local newspapers initially refused to take The Plaza adverts.


As the pace of social change started to accelerate, the heyday of The Super Cinema and Variety Theatre was brief. By the mid 1930’s, cine-variety had ended and The Plaza shows assumed the familiar pattern of one feature film and a supporting “B” movie. By 1939, the success of The Plaza had provoked competition and there were two more Super Cinemas in Stockport’s town centre and two in the suburbs.


During the war, the town’s cinemas remained popular with many residents taking the view that The Plaza, being cut into a rock face, was one of the safest places to be during an air raid. The opening brochure had, in fact, boasted that nothing short of an earthquake could disturb the building.


The Plaza was refurbished in the 1950’s and continued to prosper in spite of the national decline in audiences. The 1953 Coronation proved a watershed in the acquisition of television sets and this, combined with the growth of other social pursuits, sealed the fate of many cinemas. By the late 1950’s, some Super Cinemas, barely 20 years old, were closing their doors and some were demolished.

However, the Plaza could cater for Cinemascope and 3-D and many stars made personal appearances to promote their films. The Plaza was also a hit with younger audiences and had its own Saturday children’s club, showing cartoons such as Flash Gordon and Zorro. Live entertainment took place on Saturday evenings featuring local musicians and Sunday jazz concerts followed. In 1960, the Plaza staged its first pantomime with the Dallas Boys in “Babes In The Wood”.


In 1965 the Plaza was sold to the Mecca Leisure Group for conversion to a Bingo hall. The switch to bingo was fought by Stockport Council but Mecca appealed to the Government and won their case. The Plaza's final show was on 31st December 1966 and featured Jerry Lee Lewis in “Three on a Coach” and Audie Murphy in “The Texican” and William Starr at the organ. Rank Leisure sold the Plaza to Stockport Plaza Trust in March 2000 and, after massive community and volunteer effort, audiences took their seats for the opening show on 7th October 2000.


Important Dates

1929 (April)
First Planning application made to Stockport Borough Council for the construction of a Cinema to be called the Regal, Mersey Square, Stockport.

Construction of the Regal Cinema, Altrincham, executed by William Thornley from original designs by Drury and Gomersall for the Snape Cinema Circuit.

1932 (Oct)
Stockport Plaza Super Cinema and Variety Theatre opens in Stockport

Front Circle rake altered to compensate for the steep incline, balcony front raised and stage level raised

Seven day programme introduced (same film for 7 days), a first for Stockport

1953 (Aug)
Large 48ft.x 18ft. projection screen installed

Stockport’s first 3D film presentation screened - “Sangaree”

First ‘Cinemascope’ presentation

First pantomime 'Babes in the Wood' starring The Dallas Boys staged at the Plaza

1965 (July)
The Plaza sold by the Snape Circuit and purchased by the Mecca Group

1966 (Dec)
The Plaza closes as a cinema with the films 'Three on a Couch' starring Jerry Lewis and 'The Texican' with Audie Murphy and William Star at the organ

Modifications to the auditorium to accommodate bingo; removal of roof tiling, loss of external verandah, neon lighting & signage. Flat floor insertion at rear of stalls, and alterations to foyer. Alterations to café area.

1967 (Feb)
The Plaza reopens as Mecca Bingo

Cafe Lounge converted to a nightclub called 'Samantha's' followed by later conversion to extra bingo seating

Extensive refurbishment by Mecca Bingo with removal of final staging facilities and conversion of stage to extra bingo seating

1997 (Mar)
The Plaza is listed grade II by English Heritage

Cinema closes as a Bingo Hall with a commemorative concert

2000 (Aug)
Venue listing upgraded to II* by English Heritage

The Plaza is purchased by the Stockport Plaza Trust


Queens Award for Voluntary Service awarded to the Plaza

The Plaza trust commences restoration plans

The Heritage Lottery Fund approves a Stage 1 application for funding of £1.9m towards Phase 1 of the restoration of the Plaza

2009 (Feb)
Jimmy Carr officially closes the Plaza with two sell out shows and work begins on Restoration and Refurbishment of the Stockport Plaza

2009 (May)
'Plaza on Tour' commences - a host of events in alternative venues throughout the region during the Plaza's closure

2009 (Dec)
The Plaza reopens following a £3.2 million restoration

2011 (Jan)
10 Years On Show featuring Plaza Volunteers and Youth, Joe Loss Orchestra and local talent staged to celebrate 10 Years on the saving of the Plaza.

2012 (June)

Digital Projector is installed at the Plaza

2012 (Sept)
Electrolier, the central light fitting restored in auditorium

2012 (Oct)
The Plaza celebrates her 80th birthday with a fortnight of open days, events, stage productions and film screenings

2013 (Aug)
Works commence to return the circle back to its original rake therefore restoring the architectural integrity of the building

The Plaza, Mersey Square, Stockport, Cheshire. SK1 1SP
Booking Line: 0161 477 7779 • Admin Line: 0161 480 3818 • Group Booking Line: 0843 208 1495
Email: boxoffice@stockportplaza.co.uk • www.stockportplaza.co.uk