Florida Movie Theatres (page 4)

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Saenger Theatre
Pensacola, FL
The Saenger Theatre opened in 1925 and closed in 1975. In 1981, the theatre was restored as a performing arts center. It was restored again from 2008-2009. These photos are from 2019. For more, see this website. [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. Since 2016, the building has housed the Generation Church. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

State Theatre
Plant City, FL
Port Theatre
Port St. Joe, FL
The State Theatre opened in 1939 and closed in the 1950s. The building has housed the State Theatre Emporium, an antiques store, since at least 2008. [map]

The Port Theatre was built in 1938. It closed in 1967. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was restored as the Port Theatre Arts and Culture Center. In 2018, the building was badly damaged in Hurricane Michael and remains closed. In 2023, renovation of the building began. [map]

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]

Florida Theatre
Starke, FL
The Florida Theatre was built in 1941. It is still operating and is known as the Florida Twin Theatre. [map]

Beach Theatre
St. Pete Beach, FL
2009: 2020:
The Beach Theatre opened in 1940. It operated as a movie theatre until 2012. It remains closed. Around 2017, the marquee signs were removed. For more, see this website. [map]

Springs Theatre
Tampa, FL
The Springs Theatre opened in 1944. The building recently housed a recording studio. This photo is from 2020. In 2023, the building was being renovated as a distillery and wedding space. For more, see this website. [map]

Tampa Theatre
Tampa, FL
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. It is still operating as a movie theatre. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Garden Theatre
Winter Garden, FL
Ritz Theatre
Winter Haven, FL
Colony Theatre
Winter Park, 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. [map]

The Ritz Theatre opened in 1925 as the Williamson Theatre with movies and live performances. In 1932, the building was remodeled and renamed the Ritz Theatre. It was used exclusively for movies at that point. The theatre closed in the mid-1980s. In 1989, the interior was gutted and the building was put to use as a dance club known as Off Limits. That business only lasted a few years. In 1997, a non-profit group stepped in to save the theatre. It reopened in 2011 and is now used for live performances. In 2013, this replica blade sign was installed. For more, see this website. [map]

The Colony Theatre opened in 1939 and closed in 1975. The building now houses a Pottery Barn store. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

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