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Culture notes: New Plaza Theatre owner plans renovation; Roswell mounts ‘Nutcracker’

FILM
New era for 1939 Plaza Theatre
The Plaza Theatre, Atlanta’s longest continuously opeating movie theater, has a new owner. Jonathan and Gayle Rej, who have run the 1939 Ponce de Leon Avenue cinema in 2006, turning it into a not-for-profit in 2010, have announced that Michael Furlinger will take over on Dec. 27. Furlinger, who has booked films and been a theater owner/operator for 30 years, plans to strengthen feature film bookings while retaining popular presentations such as “The Silver Scream Spookshow,” according to the Rejs, who added that the new owner plans “substantial renovations.” He’s expected to add digital projection, new seats and concessions enhancements. Information: www.plazaatlanta.com. HOWARD POUSNER

DANCE
Sugarplums in Roswell

In its 34th season, the Roswell Dance Theatre has plenty of experience staging “The Nutcracker,” which it opens Friday at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center for a run through Dec. 2. The 300 cast members, drawn from Roswell Dance Theatre and the Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance, are being directed by Nancy Tolbert Yilmaz, Mary Lynn Taylor and Tracey Bayly. Show times, tickets: 1-855-222-2849, www.tututix.com. HOWARD POUSNER

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