GALLERY: Renovated Rugeley pub has a 40's feel

A landmark former cinema-turned-public house was transported back to the 1940s following a major refurbishment.

GALLERY: Renovated Rugeley pub has a 40's feel

Staff at the Plaza in Rugeley, enjoy a 1940s evening to celebrate the launch of the pub’s major refurbishment work

The Plaza in Horsefair, Rugeley, has been kitted out with a brand new bar area, chandeliers and art-deco-style toilets. 

The work, which took 12 days to complete, was unveiled during a 1940s night when the styles and the sounds of the decade were brought back to life. 

Pub manager Sian Elwell said: “The event was a big success, we had so many people come along and everyone really seemed to enjoy themselves. 

“I had so many comments about how great the entertainment was, especially the wartime music by The String of Pearls. 

“We were all dressed up in our 40s gear and it was lovely to hear people talk about their memories of when it was a cinema. 

“I have learnt such a lot about the place over the last couple of weeks, it’s lovely to be a part of the history.

“The pub looks absolutely amazing now, it has had a complete transformation. We are all still getting used to it because it is so fancy and different.” 

The Plaza, which is a Wetherspoon pub, opened as The Picture House on November 12 1934. 

It was designed by Birmingham architect Archibald Hurley Robinso and built by Lichfield builders J R Deacon in less than nine months. 

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