Largo Theatre

420 W. Bay Drive,
Largo, FL 33770

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This Quonset-style theater opened in the downtown section of Largo in 1948. It was located on Bay Drive and had seating for around 400. The Largo Theatre had a large Streamline Moderne-style triagular marquee and vertical sign. The first film shown there was Abbott & Costello’s “Buck Privates Come Home”. It was operated by Affiliated Theaters, a subsidiary of McLendon Theatres.

The theater closed about 1980 and was dismantled and reused at another location in Largo as a maintenance building for the city’s public works department.

Contributed by Bryan

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Patsy on September 22, 2005 at 8:33 am

lostmemory: The largomainstreet site said that the “file was not found”. I really wanted to view this quonset hut theatre. I know of one in Hartwell GA (Judy Theatre) that is now an Ace hardware store. I was in that town last winter and met the hardware owner who took me on a tour of the former theatre. His office is where the lobby was located and the theatre had a ‘crying room’ for children during the movie! The floor had been leveled so the hut could be use for storage of hardware merchandise.

chuckwelch on December 20, 2006 at 5:29 pm

Here is the text from that link.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor on October 25, 2010 at 11:22 am

It appears that Largo had an earlier theater. This picture of the New Pinellas Hotel was taken in 1918 and shows a theater on the left. I can’t seem to find any information on this theater—not even a name—so I haven’t submitted a new entry.

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