Beach Theatre

315 Corey Avenue,
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

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The Beach Theatre (Credit: Anthony Salveggi)

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The Beach Theatre opened on January 15, 1940 with 528 seats. Remodeled in the mid-2000’s, this Art Deco movie theater is close to the pristine beaches of western Florida. It recent years it showed a mix of movies, plus some live performances. The Beach Theatre was closed in November 2012.

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MarkNYLA on April 17, 2013 at 3:38 am

Sad to report that screenwriter Michael France, the owner of the Beach Theatre, passed away on April 12, 2013. I wonder what will happen now to this great and nostalgic venue.

MovieMad52 on April 20, 2013 at 10:48 am

Condolences to the family.

RRF on July 7, 2013 at 5:01 pm

I remember over the years several owners breathing life into the location….with competition from drive-ins and AMC nearby. If I am not mistaken the building is a qounset metal hut construction behind the facade.

maleman on August 30, 2013 at 6:11 pm

When I lived in St Pete Florida back in 1971 I went here a lot and if I remember they used to run Marx Brother movies

MovieMad52 on April 4, 2014 at 10:05 pm

Would love to reopen this classic theatre.

MovieMad52 on September 29, 2014 at 8:46 pm

I would love to reopen this theatre with the family if interested. Shame that this theatre is closed.

J_R on October 17, 2014 at 11:31 am

Message for MovieMad52: Hey, I noticed that you have a desire to reopen the Beach Theater (from your comments spanning 2 years). If you would like to discuss a possible business venture that would satisfy your dream, please contact me at . I have some ideas about a “new” st. pete bch theater. I’ll tell you more if you reply!! -J R

MovieMad52 on December 30, 2014 at 9:19 pm

I am interested…what do you have in mind?

DavidZornig on May 7, 2016 at 7:42 pm

Circa 1985 photo added courtesy of John Brack.

P. K. "Budd" Ballard
P. K. "Budd" Ballard on November 26, 2016 at 4:13 am

The BEACH THEATRE was not a metal “Quanset” hut construction. I was the projectionist there when it was operated by Bill Eisenhart. This was during the time we ran every Marx Bros. film available. We also ran Laurel and Hardy films and played to a sold out house every Friday and Saturday. The booth had Super Simplex projection heads with RCA sound heads. It had Strong Mogul arc lamps and Kneisley tungar bulb rectifiers. It was a lovely theatre and could be re-opened again. ps: The concession stand had a MANLEY popcorn machine that looked like a juke box.

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