About the Alcazar Theatre in Carpinteria

Carpinteria's Theater "Gem" for 90 Years

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The Alcazar Theatre opened on April 27, 1928. Owner, Henry J. Muller invested $50,000 to build the theater that builder Alex C. D’Alfonso claimed was “As Strong and Sturdy as the Rock of Gibraltar”.

The opening of the theatre prompted telegrams of congratulations from MGM, Paramount and Christie Films, among others, to the first proprietor of the theater, long time resident and actor Oliver Prickett (sometimes known as Oliver Blake) of “Ma and Pa Kettle” fame.

Opening night at the Alcazar featured a live band and the premier showing of a comedy “The Fifty-Fifty Girl”….admission was $1.10.

Through the ensuing 90 years, the Alcazar changed hands and names…such as the Ritz, the Del Mar, the Tradewinds and for the past few decades, the Plaza Theater, most recently under the management of Metropolitan Theatres.

Now, after almost a decade of being known as the Plaza Playhouse Theater, we’ve changed back to our original namesake — Alcazar Theatre — and look forward to returning our theater to a center of arts and entertainment for the entire Carpinteria Valley community.

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Attended the Plaza Playhouse Theater ... for the Elvis Presley movie, Jailhouse Rock. It was an excellent movie and great to see once again on the big screen. Also, before the movie started, there was a showing of early Elvis television shows like Elvis on Steve Allen Show, Ed Sullivan Show, Dorsey Brothers Show, Milton Berle Show and some other Elvis early stuff. This addition before the movie was really wonderful. A great way to celebrate Elvis's 82nd birthday which was on January 8th. Thank you Plaza Playhouse Theater.
Pamela Stallings