Beach Theatre

315 Corey Avenue,
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

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P. K. "Budd" Ballard
P. K. "Budd" Ballard on November 26, 2016 at 7:13 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.

DavidZornig on May 7, 2016 at 10:42 pm

Circa 1985 photo added courtesy of John Brack.

MovieMad52 on December 31, 2014 at 12:19 am

I am interested…what do you have in mind?

J_R on October 17, 2014 at 2:31 pm

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 September 29, 2014 at 11:46 pm

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

MovieMad52 on April 5, 2014 at 1:05 am

Would love to reopen this classic theatre.

maleman on August 30, 2013 at 9:11 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

RRF on July 7, 2013 at 8:01 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.

MovieMad52 on April 20, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Condolences to the family.

MarkNYLA on April 17, 2013 at 6:38 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.

Jannie Gunnlaugsson
Jannie Gunnlaugsson on March 28, 2013 at 1:23 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.

CSWalczak on December 19, 2012 at 12:31 am

The owner has established this website for those who would like to help reopen the theater as a not-for-profit.

MovieMad52 on December 18, 2012 at 9:11 pm

I would love to help get this theatre reopened with the owner. I have 43 years of theatre and restaurant experience. Would be fun.

CSWalczak on November 19, 2012 at 12:26 pm

An article about the closing can be found here.

Mikeoaklandpark on November 19, 2012 at 11:54 am

What a shame this was a great single screen neighborhood theater. :(

42ndStreetMemories on November 19, 2012 at 6:52 am

The Beach just announced its closed for business. Sad. They tried to make a run of it.

JHJHJH on July 2, 2012 at 6:56 am

this theater is open for business? your website is not updated for weeks like that facebook page

Jannie Gunnlaugsson
Jannie Gunnlaugsson on April 5, 2011 at 9:01 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.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor on April 20, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Scott, that theater was probably the Dolphin Plaza Twin. It was in a shopping center with a Publix and a TG&Y. It has been added to the database since you left your comment.

42ndStreetMemories on January 3, 2010 at 8:05 am

We visited here yesterday and this is the kind of independent local theater we need to support. Paid $5.00 matinee admission (“up In the Air” and $4.00 concession – now that’s refreshing – for popcorn and soda. I spoke with one of the employees who told me that 3 folks worked there and the two I met were very cordial – also refreshing. Among the on-screen ads were a 1940 photo of the theater and the opening Window Card from “Dust Be My Destiny”. Screenwriter and local native Michael France (“Fantastic Four”, “Hulk”…) purchased the theater in 2007. They do a free Saturday morning screening (yesterday was a Japanese sci-fi flic) and a troupe accompanies “The Rocky Horror Picture SHow' on Saturday evenings. Check it out when you are in the area.

Scottoro on May 3, 2009 at 3:17 pm

Could anyone help me solve a mystery? I have a distinct memory of going to St. Petersburg Beach with my family in 1970 when I was about 16. I walked about a half hour from our hotel on the beach to a movie theatre to see a re-release of Ben-Hur. Perhaps it was this one, but it looks a bit far from where I think we stayed. Was there another movie theatre near the beach in those days? Thanks!

kencmcintyre on December 9, 2008 at 7:37 pm

I am indeed. Quaker education, in fact.

kencmcintyre on November 12, 2008 at 10:25 pm

Here is another article about the opening. The architect is noted as M. Winfield Lott.

rivest266 on September 13, 2008 at 5:17 pm

the beach website has an opening date of January 15th, 1940 but no ad appered in the newspapers until 1946. The movie page for January 15th, 1940 can be found at View link