Lights flicker out at Zephyrhills' theater

posted by Michael Zoldessy on December 21, 2007 at 9:40 am

ZEPHYRHILLS, FL — After almost 60 years, the Home Theatre is closing its doors, but may not be gone for good.

When it opened in 1948, it was billed as one of the most modern movie theaters in the South, with comfortable seats, a wide stage and a glass-enclosed “crying room” for cranky babies.

It was a big deal for small-town Zephyrhills. On opening day, ladies in evening gowns passed out carnations and cigars to the customers.

Times changed, however. Suburban megaplexes, with multiple screens, corporate advertising budgets and giant parking lots offered stiff competition. The Home Theatre, with its two screens and tiny bathrooms, became an anachronism. It stopped pulling in the crowds.

Now, the lettering on the downtown landmark’s darkened marquee reads, “For Rent.”

Read more at the Tampa Tribune.

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longislandmovies
longislandmovies on December 22, 2007 at 12:24 am

POST THE FOR RENT NUMBER!

tube2005
tube2005 on December 25, 2007 at 12:05 pm

i am looking for old theatre sound equipment .if you have any please email me or 773-339-9035

rivieraservices
rivieraservices on January 7, 2008 at 11:16 am

Does anyone know the name of the agent or the person who owns it?

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