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Florida Movie Theatres

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Arcadia Theatres:
Ritz Theatre: 1, 2

Clewiston Theatres:
Dixie Crystal Theatre

Coral Gables Theatres:
Miracle Theatre

Crestview Theatres:
Fox Theatre: 1, 2

Davie Theatres:
Cinemark Paradise 24

Deland Theatres:
Athens Theatre

Fort Lauderdale Theatres:
Gateway Theatre

Edison Theatre
Fort Myers, FL
Seminole Theatre
Homestead, FL
The Edison Theatre was built in 1941. It closed in 1980 and was converted into office space. The signs were kept and are lit at night. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Seminole Theatre opened as a silent movie house in 1921. It was rebuilt in the Streamline Moderne style in 1940 after a major fire. In the early 1970s, the Seminole was renamed the Premier Theatre and began showing Spanish-language movies. It closed in 1979 and sat idle. In 1992, Hurricane Andrew tore off the roof and the interior was badly damaged. The owners donated the theater to the City in 1993. The Seminole has been undergoing restoration and will eventually reopen as a performing arts center. For more, see this website. [map]

More Fort Myers Theatres:
Arcade Theatre

Florida Theatre
Jacksonville, FL
San Marco Theatre
Jacksonville, FL
Murray Hill Theatre
Jacksonville, FL
The Florida Theatre, built in 1927, is another Moorish atmospheric style theatre. This one was designed by R.E. Hall and Roy Benjamin. Benjamin also designed the Lake Theatre (see below). The Florida features a starry, dark blue sky and fountains. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was restored in 1983. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The San Marco Theatre was designed by Roy Benjamin and opened in 1938. It remains in operation as a movie theatre. This photo is from 2009. By 2013, the building had been painted blue and silver. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Murray Hill Theatre opened in 1949 and closed in 1994. It was then occupied by a nightclub known as the Dungeon. The theatre is now used for live performances. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

former Strand Theatre
Key West, FL
Lake Theatre
Lake Worth, FL
The Strand Theatre opened in the mid-1920s. It closed sometime in the early 1980s and reopened as a nightclub. In 1993, it became a Ripley's Believe It Or Not museum. In 2004, it became a Walgreens drug store. The marquee and facade were restored, however, most of the interior of the theatre was gutted. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

The Art Deco Lake Theatre opened in 1939. It was also known as the Lake Avenue Theatre. The theatre was designed by Roy A. Benjamin who also did the Florida Theatre in Jacksonville (see above) and many others in FL. In 1980, it was renovated and transformed into the Lannan Museum and Palm Beach Community College Museum of Art. It was then purchased and renovated again in 1999 to become PBICA (Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art). In 2005, the museum closed and the building has been vacant since then. For more, see this website. [map]

More Key West Theatres:
Tropic Cinema: 1, 2

Polk Theatre
Lakeland, FL
Olympia Theatre
Miami, FL
The Polk Theatre was built in 1927. The atmospheric auditorium features twinkling stars and moving clouds. The theatre is now used for live performances and movies. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

The Olympia Theatre was designed by John Eberson and built in 1925. It originally featured silent films. This Moorish style theatre featured Eberson's trademark auditorium with a nighttime sky, rolling clouds and twinkling stars. In 1971, the theatre was nearly demolished. It was donated to the City of Miami in 1975. After an extensive renovation from 1975-1977, the theatre became the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The theatre still has its original Mighty Wurlitzer organ. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

More Miami Theatres:
Tower Theatre

Lincoln Theatre
Miami Beach, FL
The Lincoln Theatre was designed by Thomas Lamb with Robert Collins and opened in 1936. It closed in the early 1980s. In 1988, the theatre was taken over by the New World Symphony who continue offering classical music performances. The building's exterior was restored but the interior was gutted and rebuilt. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [photo thanks George Feinthel] [map]

Cameo Theatre
Miami Beach, FL
The Cameo Theatre opened in 1936. It was designed by Robert Collins, best known for his many Art Deco motels in Miami Beach. The theater later became a dance club and, in 1999, it was transformed into The Crobar Nightclub. The Crobar has two other locations in Chicago and New York. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

More Miami Beach Theatres:
Roosevelt Theatre

Marion Theatre
Ocala, FL
Martin Theatre
Panama City, FL
The Marion Theatre opened in 1941. It closed in the mid-1970s and remained vacant until it was donated to the City in 1986. The theatre is now used for live performances and movies. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Martin Theatre opened in 1936 as the Ritz Theatre. It was renamed in the early 1950s. The theatre closed in 1978. In the early 1980s, it housed a shooting gallery. In 1987, the Panama City Downtown Improvement Organization purchased the theatre and renovated it. It reopened in 1990 as a performing arts theatre. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Rex Theatre
Pensacola, FL
The Rex Theatre building originally housed the Rhodes Futch Collins Furniture Store when it was built in 1910. The building was converted into a theatre in 1937. The theatre closed in 1977 and was donated to the City. Since 2012, the building has been owned by the Harvest Church. In 2015, the facade and signs were restored and relit. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Plant City Theatres:
State Theatre

Leaf Theatre
Quincy, FL
The Leaf Theatre was built in 1949. It was named after the cigar wrapper tobacco that was grown here. The color scheme of pastel green and tobacco brown is a tribute to the leaf. The theatre closed in 1980 and, in 1983, was converted into a performing arts center. For more, see this website. [map]

Starke Theatres:
Florida Theatre

Beach Theatre
St. Petersburg Beach, FL
Springs Theatre
Tampa, FL
Tampa Theatre
Tampa, FL
The Beach Theatre opened in 1940. It operated as a movie theatre until 2012. It remains closed. For more, see this website. [map]

The Springs Theatre opened in 1938 and was later converted into a recording studio. It now houses the Watermark Community Church. For more, see this website. [map]

The Tampa Theatre was built in 1926 in the Mediterranean Revival style. It was designed by John Eberson with his typically, glorious atmospheric interior. It also maintains a Mighty Wurlitzer organ. In 1973, the theatre was nearly demolished but was saved by the City of Tampa. It reopened in 1977 after extensive renovation. The theatre is believed to be haunted. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Garden Theatre
Winter Garden, FL
The Garden Theatre opened in 1935. It was the first theatre in Central Florida built for sound films. The theatre closed in 1963 and was gutted for use as a warehouse. It was restored and reopened as a performing arts center in 2008. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [photos thanks Irv Lipscomb] [map]

Colony Theatre
Winter Park, FL
The Colony Theatre opened in 1939 and closed in 1975. This photo is from 2009. The building now houses a Pottery Barn store. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

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