Richey Suncoast Theatre

6237 Grand Boulevard,
New Port Richey, FL 34652

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 14, 2005 at 3:12 pm

This theater had two other names. After being the Thomas Meighan Theater, it was known as the Vogue Theater and later the Cinema Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 15, 2007 at 6:18 am

A 10/31/2006 story in the Tampa Tribune claims that this theater may be haunted by the ghost of a patron who always revisits the same seat in the upper balcony. The seat number is Seat BB1. If you sit near that seat and your popcorn vanishes, don’t be surprised. :)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 22, 2008 at 9:48 am

Here is the Richey Suncoast Theater website.

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 30, 2008 at 10:40 am

Probably kept selling it because of the alleged ghost.

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?

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