Richey Suncoast Theatre

6237 Grand Boulevard,
New Port Richey, FL 34652

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Richey Suncoast Theatre

The Thomas Meighan Theatre opened on July 1, 1926 seating 500. The architect was Thomas Reed Martin. The first movie to be shown was Thomas Meighan in “The New Klondike”.

The theatre went on to sound films in 1930. It is known as the Richey Suncoast Theatre today and still in operation as a community playhouse.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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teecee
teecee on February 23, 2005 at 8:37 pm

More comprehensive history at this link:
http://www.fivay.org/meighan.html

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 30, 2008 at 10:35 am

Here is an October 1944 story about the sale of the theater:
http://tinyurl.com/6rqp9a

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 30, 2008 at 10:39 am

And another sale five years earlier:
http://tinyurl.com/6rkclh

Califlaman76
Califlaman76 on August 4, 2009 at 1:27 am

I had the pleasure of getting my start as an actor on the stage and the beautiful and historic Richey Suncoast Theatre, appearing in Productions Of 1776,Cabaret,Three Penny opera and many others,Before moving to Hollywood Ca a few years back.
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One of the most beautiful theatres in the Tampa bay area, i still love to just go and sit in the auditorium when i go back home to NPR for a visit. If you have never had the pleasure of taking in a live production at this theatre, you definately must.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor
AndyCallahanMajorMajor on February 15, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Here are my pictures from February 2011.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Nick might have some info on this Theatre,Out there Nick?

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on March 26, 2018 at 11:30 am

1965 photo added courtesy of William Maytum.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 19, 2018 at 7:19 am

June 25, 1926 image added credit New Port Richey Press, description courtesy of the West Pasco Historical Society.

Full-page advertisement in the June 25, 1926, New Port Richey Press announcing the naming and the opening of the new Thomas Meighan Theatre. An article in the same newspaper said: “New Port Richey’s beautiful new motion picture theatre has been named the ‘Thomas Meighan Theatre’ in tribute to the famous film star who has adopted New Port Richey as his favorite Florida city and who has been largely instrumental in interesting here some of the brightest stars of the screen and stage. … It was hoped that Mr. Meighan would be on hand to crack a bottle of champagne over the corner-stone of the theatre. It was found to be impossible for the famous screen star to be present in person, but the next best happening is announced with the statement that the picture house’s first attraction will be Thomas Meighan in ‘The New Klondike,’ a picture of Florida during the boom.”

This building is now the Richey Suncoast Theatre.

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