The Plaza Stadium Theater on Robert Smalls Parkway, Beaufort’s only remaining indoor movie venue, is on the chopping block to make way for another Publix grocery store, according to reports. It remains unclear as to when the demolition will begin.
Beaufort Plaza owner Paul Trask declined to comment on the fate of the theater at this time but said “there will be numerous changes and new businesses at Beaufort Plaza.”
One unidentified woman making her way to the theater to watch a matinee show said she was sorry to see the iconic Beaufort building be destroyed. “I’m trying to see as many movies as I can, while I can,” she said. “I guess now we’ll all sit around and watch movies on our devices.”
If the project goes through, the Highway 21 Drive-In will be the only theater remaining in northern Beaufort County. The nearest indoor theater would be in Bluffton.