Pheil Theatre

424 Central Avenue,
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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Pheil Theatre

Only briefly read about this theatre that once existed in St Petersburg, FL. It opened February 20, 1919. Allegedly it had a domed ceiling with cherubs. Reported to have been demolished to make way for a bank building in 1959.

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theatreorganmana on October 27, 2005 at 8:25 pm

The Pheil had a Wurlitzer, Style 135, theatre organ, Opus 756, shipped 12/28/23.

DONALDADUNN on April 4, 2007 at 1:50 pm

Anyone ever heard of the Hance Detective Agency that was at 841 Central ave during the 1920'?

AndyCallahanMajorMajor on October 25, 2010 at 2:58 pm

This is a picture I took of the former bank building—and, apparently, the remains of the Pheil—in June 2010.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 9, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Doudlas Fairbanks movie “WHEN CLOUDS ROLL BY” played.The prices at the PHEIL THEATRE were Orchestra and Balcony 30 cents,Box seats 50 cents. Extra added Fox newsreels.Miss Swenson played the Big organ.It was called the home of “BIG PRODUCTIONS”.

blinky705 on August 14, 2016 at 8:37 pm

The cool thing about the Pheil was that the entrance was UNDER the screen. You’d walk in the front door and the movie would be playing above your head. Saw many a Japanese and/or low budget monster movie there in the late 50s.

jslemkew on October 26, 2016 at 2:52 pm

It was the only movie theater I’ve ever been in where you walked in under the screen. I remember seeing “The Mysterians” there.

P. K. "Budd" Ballard
P. K. "Budd" Ballard on November 21, 2016 at 4:26 pm

This was an interesting theatre. It was part of the PHEIL HOTEL building and, as stated, you entered under the screen. The projection booth was built out over an alley. The story told by even older members than me of the IATSE local was that when the booth equipment was delivered, the workmen wanted to know if the booth equipment should be delivered to the booth. When asked that question the response was, “Booth ? What booth ?” because the theatre had no projection booth and that was why it was built hanging out over an alley. Now, I do not know if that is a true story or not but it sure sounds good.

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on November 21, 2016 at 4:37 pm

Does anyone have any pictures of the auditorium?

rivest266 on October 8, 2017 at 10:09 am

This opened on February 20th, 1919. Grand opening ad in photo section.

DavidZornig on May 8, 2018 at 11:16 am

1940s photo added via Judi Hartman.

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