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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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 12, 2005 at 3:06 am

There is a small photo of the Largo theater here:
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Patsy
Patsy on September 22, 2005 at 4:33 pm

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 22, 2005 at 4:38 pm

That link is over six months old. Photo links usually don’t last long. When you see a photo that you like, either save it to your hard drive or print it out. You never know how long the photo link is going to be valid. If I come across another photo of this theater I will post it.

chuckwelch
chuckwelch on December 21, 2006 at 1:29 am

Here is the text from that link.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor
AndyCallahanMajorMajor on October 25, 2010 at 7:22 pm

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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