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Jannie Gunnlaugsson
Jannie Gunnlaugsson commented about Beach Theatre on Mar 28, 2013 at 12:23 am

The website listed above was set up about 2 years ago when the owner announced the intent to switch to a non-profit. The transition hadn’t happened, yet, by the time of the theatre’s closing in the middle of last November. There are some legal issues preventing the reopening, but hopefully, once settled, it’ll reopen. I haven’t spoken to the owner recently, but I worked on their website and Facebook page for years until last May.

Jannie Gunnlaugsson
Jannie Gunnlaugsson commented about The Beach Theatre (Credit: Anthony Salveggi) on Jul 1, 2011 at 6:40 am

Mike France, the owner of the Beach Theatre since 2007, is pictured.

Jannie Gunnlaugsson
Jannie Gunnlaugsson commented about Beach Theatre on Apr 5, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Hello all, I work for the Beach Theatre (on their website) and just found this website and entry for the theatre. In reading the earlier comments, there seems to be some confusion about the original opening date for the theatre. Those who’ve said we opened on 1/15/1940 are correct. We still have a grand opening Playbill framed in our theatre from that event that anyone can see as they enter the lobby. I don’t know why there isn’t an ad in the paper on that day. I looked at the March 1946 newspaper “opening” ad and that must refer to the RE-opening of the theatre. As it states on our history page, during WWII a German U-boat was spotted off the coast of FL, so a blackout was ordered of all businesses along the coast that lasted 18 months. 1946 was after the war ended, so it seems that we’d reopen around that time.