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Cinema Facilities

  • Designated Wheelchair Spaces (Excluding Screen 5)
  • Infra-Red Assisted Hearing Systems
  • Audio Description Headsets available
  • Subtitles available on compatable films
  • Conference Facilities
  • Birthday Party Packages

Ticket Prices

Adult (15+yrs) – £7.90

Child (3-14yrs) – £5.80

Senior (65+yrs) – £5.80

Family Ticket (2 Adults & 2 Children or 1 Adult & 3 Children) (Before 7pm) – £23.50

All Seats After 7pm – £7.90

3D Glasses – £1.00

Live or as-live performances may vary in price

Monday Super Saver – All Seats Just £5 on Monday’s (Excludes Event Cinema Performances)

Customer Notice – Children under 3 Years Not Admitted, Except for Parent/Baby specific performances.For all age restricted films (12A, 15 and 18 certificates) at WTW Cinemas, photographic identification and proof of age may be requested. Failure to produce such photographic identification and proof of age on request will result in NO ENTRY. Photographic proof of age cards can be obtained from www.citizencard.com

Auditorium Information

  • Screen 1
  • 260 Seats
  • Dolby 7.1 Sound
  • Screen 10.4m x 4.75m
  • NEC 2K Projection

Screen One at the Plaza features the largest screen in the WTW Group at 10.4 meters wide in the CinemaScope ratio (2.35:1). Built in the original circle area, Screen One features stadium seating which includes 3 rows of leather finished seats.

Williams Sound Infra-red headsets are used for both Audio Description and Audio Boost to assist our customers with extra audio and visual needs. (Audio Description is not available on every film, please check film listings for the AD logo).

Picture is provided via a NEC 2K Digital Projector, and Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound is installed for supported features.

 

 

 

  • Screen 2
  • 169 Seats
  • Real D 3D
  • 5.1 Surround Sound
  • Screen 9.6m x 4.1m
  • NEC 2K Projection

Built in the original stalls area, Screen Two at The Plaza uses the original stage & screen location from when the Plaza was first built.

The first auditorium in WTW to be fitted with a Digital Projector, along with the first to show 3D movies using the Real D 3D system, Screen Two also retains it Cinemeccanica Vic 5 35mm film projector with the ability to play back in Dolby SR/SRD/EX Sound.

Screen Two is used to host our extreamly popular “Mark Kermode Presents” events and is the ideal auditorium for conferences with its stage lighting and sound systems.

Williams Sound Infra-red headsets are used for both Audio Description and Audio Boost to assist our customers with extra audio and visual needs. (Audio Description is not available on every film, please check film listings for the AD logo).

 

  • Screen 3
  • 99 Seats
  • 5.1 Surround Sound
  • Screen 5.2m x 2.2m
  • NEC 2K Projection

Screen Three is built in the rear stalls area of the original cinema.

Picture is provided via a NEC 2K Digital projector and sound via 5.1 Digital Surround.

Williams Sound Infra-red headsets are used for both Audio Description and Audio Boost to assist our customers with extra audio and visual needs. (Audio Description is not available on every film, please check film listings for the AD logo).

 

 

 

 

  • Screen 4
  • 60 Seats
  • 5.1 Surround Sound
  • Screen 3.5m x 1.5m
  • NEC 2K Projection

Picture is provided via a NEC 2K Digital projector and sound via 5.1 Digital Surround.

Williams Sound Infra-red headsets are used for both Audio Description and Audio Boost to assist our customers with extra audio and visual needs. (Audio Description is not available on every film, please check film listings for the AD logo).

 

 

 

 

 

  • Screen 5
  • 55 Seats
  • 5.1 Surround Sound
  • Screen 3.7m x 1.6m
  • Barco 2K Projection

Our latest auditorium, Screen Five “The Lemon Suite” was opened in July 2016. Built in the vacant former cafe area of the building on the second floor and constructed in just 29.5 working days, the screen is fitted with a Barco DP2K-6E projector and Datasat AP-20 processor handling sound and automation. The sound is courtesy of Dolby 5.1 Dirac Theatre Optimisation Surround Sound.

A first for WTW, The Lemon Suite’s projector is housed in a ceiling mounted “pod” rather than in a traditional projection room. “The Lemon Suite” also features a small bar/concessions area directly adjoining the auditorium and is ideal for smaller conferences and meetings.

Williams Sound Infra-red headsets are used for both Audio Description and Audio Boost to assist our customers with extra audio and visual needs. (Audio Description is not available on every film, please check film listings for the AD logo).

Unfortunately, Screen Five is inaccessible to wheelchair users.

 

About Us

The Plaza opened in February 1936 with a seating capacity of 1,176 in stalls and circle. It was designed in an art deco style by noted Bristol based cinema architect William Henry Watkins. Built for a local company, it was acquired by the Jackson Withers Circuit of Cardiff in 1943. The proscenium was 34 feet wide, there were 3 dressing rooms and a cafe and ballroom above the entrance foyer.

The Plaza was then taken over by the Rank Organisation in 1976/77 who applied for a bingo license which was refused. An offer to purchase the cinema by the Cornwall based WTW Group was turned down in March 1977, the building eventually being acquired by a Somerset businessman who added a second screen in the cafe area seating 175.

The cinema hit hard times in the 1990s with attendances dwindling, and entered receivership in November 1996. It was subsequently closed on safety grounds by Carrick District Council, leaving Cornwall’s only city without a cinema.

20 years after they had unsuccessfully opened negotiations to purchase The Plaza, WTW Cinemas acquired the freehold of the premises in May 1997 and immediately began an extensive reconstruction and refurbishment of the building. The modernisation programme enabled The Plaza to reopen on 10th July 1998, with patrons showing their approval with attendance levels exceeding expectations. In 2016 a new screen was added at the top of the building as the former café was transformed into screen 5 – ‘The Lemon Suite’ (details below).

In recent years the Plaza has received a number of awards including:

The RAAM UK Independent Cinema Of The Year for 2006 (and runner up in 2009).

UK Technical Team Of The Year 2013 presented by the BKSTS at a prestigious award ceremony at the London headquarters of Dolby Studios.

In 2014 The Plaza received the Best Cinema Award at the What’s On Cornwall Awards Ceremony at the Eden Project, voted for by readers of ‘The West Briton’, ‘Cornishman’ and ‘Cornish Guardian’ newspapers.

In 2016 WTW Cinemas were recognised as Cinema Partner Of The Year at the More2Screen ‘MAFTAs’ recognising their commitment in the delivery of event cinema and live transmissions.

The Cinema currently has five screens. Screens one to four have wheelchair access, with screens one and four on the first floor and accessible via a platform lift (weight limit applies), and screens two and three on the ground floor.  Screen five has no wheelchair access but films are rotated each week so there each film is played in an accessible screen (contact the cinema for details). Hearing boost systems are also available and both autism friendly and subtitled screenings are also shown (for both check with the cinema for details). All screens are fully air conditioned. The Plaza is fully licensed enabling drinks to be taken into the screens.

All screens are now equipped with Digital NEC projection bar The Lemon Suite which has a Barco projector, and full Dolby Stereo Surround Sound. Screen 1 has 7.1 Dolby Stereo whilst Screen 2 has the capability to show 3D movies through the Real D 3D projection system. Screen 2 also has a 35mm projector, enabling the cinema to show 35mm presentations. The cinema appointed its first patron in 2016, with BBC Film Critic Mark Kermode presented at one of his regular ‘Kermode Presents’ screenings. These screenings are 35mm presentations including an introduction by Mark Kermode, and have recently featured guest appearances from David Holmes, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Duncan Jones.

After taking over The Plaza in 1997 it has been the long term ambition of WTW Cinemas to complete the Plaza with a 5th screen. This finally came to fruition in July 2016 with the opening of The Lemon Suite, in the vacant former cafe area of the building on the second floor. Constructed in just 29.5 working days, the screen is fitted with a Barco DP2K-6E projector and Datasat AP-20 processor handling sound and automation. The sound is courtesy of Dolby 5.1 Dirac Theatre Optimisation Surround Sound. The screen is Blu-Ray and DVD compatible as well as having the ability to sync up powerpoint presentation/Skype conferences and  the like.

In January 2013 The Plaza commenced live satellite transmissions of theatrical shows, concerts, opera and ballet. These have proved very popular enabling Cornish audiences to see shows from venues such as The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, The National Theatre in London, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Shakespeare Company and many more in the comfort of the Plaza without having to travel long distances.

The cinema has been a regular host for regional premieres and one-off screenings. In 2015 the Plaza played host to the premiere of Poldark including a live transmission on BBC Spotlight and a Q&A with the stars and director of the show. The cinema has also hosted the Roughcut 90 Second Film Challenge in association with O-Region and Dogbite Studios, giving local film-makers the opportunity to see their films on the big screen.

The Plaza opened in February 1936, and has been operated by WTW Cinemas from July 1998 to present. Uniquely it is a completely ‘local cinema’ as the Owners, Management and Staff are all either born, educated or live in Truro, a Cornish Enterprise for One And All!

Radio WTW

“Radio WTW” which plays in our Cinema’s foyers and auditoriums is produced by our partners at NIFTY.

Want to hear your favourite song while waiting for your film to start? just tweet the Radio WTW team using the hashtag #RadioWTW

For more information about NIFTY, who specialise in Marketing, Digital Media and Events just visit their website at www.getnifty.uk or find them at @GetNiftyUK on Facebook and Twitter.

Conference Facilities

The Plaza at Truro is available for a variety of private functions, including product launched, conferences, school project presentations and small business meetings.

Our venue has the advantage of the most up-to-date audio and visual equipment, with technical staff on hand to ensure that your individual requirements can be met.

A range of welcome drinks and catering options can be provided (further details are available on request). Should a film be required, this can be sourced but costs may vary.

Call 01872 272894 or email plaza.truro@wtwcinemas.co.uk for more details

Birthday Parties

How about celebrating your child’s birthday at The Plaza with our special birthday package which includes:

Admission to a current film (with reserved seating where applicable), Popcorn for each child, soft drink & a birthday cake for the group to share. No minimum number & accompanying adults pay kids ticket price. Just £9 per child £5.80 for adults

Contact us for our rates & how we can make your day one to remember.

Call 01872 272894 or email plaza.truro@wtwcinemas.co.uk for more details

Advertising at WTW Cinemas

Cinema advertising is a great way to boost your reach and attain new custom. Cinemas utilise many method of advertising – from the big screen experience with commercials, through to magazine print advertising. All of our advertising methods are contracted to third parties, details of which are as follows.

ADVERTISE ON OUR WEBSITE

We work exclusively with ‘The Film Cooperative’ for our website advertising and do not consider any third party requests for advertising. If you are interested in placing website ads, please visit The Film Cooperative for more details.

ADVERTISE IN OUR MAGAZINE

Our in-house magazine, ONSCREEN, is circulated to our cinemas every two months. Local and national advertising opportunities are available. ONSCREEN is produced in partnership with many independent cinema exhibitors, and opportunities exist for further advertisement across all operators. For more information, please contact the team at ONSCREEN.

ADVERTISE ON THE BIG SCREEN

We work exclusively with Pearl & Dean for all onscreen advertising, and cannot play any adverts in our pre-show reels that have not been agreed with them. You can find out more about advertising on the big screen by contacting Pearl & Dean.

Pearl & Dean Advertising Ltd.
Corinthian House
279 Tottenham Court Road
London
W1T 7RJ

Email: paul.murphy@pearlanddean.com

CAN I PLACE A POSTER OR LEAFLET ON YOUR PREMISES

We do not offer third party poster advertising in any of our cinemas. Some cinemas may choose to display a limited number of leaflets from third parties – cinemas always gain clearance from head office before displaying any materials, and this is usually a reciprocal arrangement. Please ask within the cinema for more details.

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