The Plaza Live is one of Orlando’s oldest theaters. It was transformed from a cinema, to a theater space, and finally a music venue. Having established a strong grass-roots following by doing many lower profile, local shows and events, the theater eventually started bringing in larger, national acts. The Plaza Live is home to two music halls: the main hall, and a second room for smaller shows.

Dubbed the Rocking Chair Theatre by locals, The Plaza Live was Orlando’s first two screen movie theatre. From the 60’s up until the early 90’s, the theater, small by today’s standards, stayed active in a competitive market with declining ticket sales by showing second-run movies and the long running cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. In 1992, the theater became The Dove Family Entertainment Theatre and changed format, performing only Christian-themed shows. Clearwater-based Salthouse Group purchased the 39-year-old venue in September 2002 for $1.7 million, and continues to own the Plaza to date. In 2012 The Plaza removed the old rocking chairs and became a flex seating venue in the summer of 2010 so it could accommodate for standing room or fully seated shows.

The Plaza has hosted many touring acts, including The Civil Wars, Childish Gambino, Rick Springfield, Dark Star Orchestra, John Waite, Blue Oyster Cult, Edgar Winter, John Oates, Bonerama, Brandi Carlile, Michelle Branch, Hot Tuna, Marc Cohn, Here Come the Mummies, Gordon Lightfoot, Marc Broussard, Grace Potter, Keiko Matsui, Arturo Sandoval, Little Feat, Jeff Daniels, Gaelic Storm, Styx, Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham, Rusted Root, The Lee Boys, Joshua Radin, Boyce Avenue, Old 97’s, Zach Deputy, Tom Green, Beth McKee, Wanda Jackson, BoDeans, Iron & Wine, House of Heroes, Andrew Bird, The Subdudes, Janice Ian, Jenny Lewis, Air Supply, Victor Wooten, The Radiators, Pete Yorn, Copeland, Family Force 5, City and Colour, Tab Benoit, Five for Fighting, Duncan Sheik, Colin Hay, Four Bitchin Babes, Punch Brothers, John Waite, Michelle Branch, Bryan Adams, Blue Oyster Cult, Brandi Carlile, Of Montreal, The Naked and Famous, Rick Springfield, and John Prine. The Plaza has also hosted local festivals, as well, including Orlando’s Jambando, Rock for Hunger, and The Orange You Glad Music Festival 2012.

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