Pheil Theatre

424 Central Avenue,
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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FEBRUARY 15, 1929

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Only briefly read about this theatre that once existed in St Petersburg, Florida. One account stated that it opened 2/20 /1919. Alledgedly had a domed ceiling with cherubs. Reported to have been demolished to make way for a bank building in 1959.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 15, 2005 at 3:35 am

Listed in the Film Daily Yearbook;1950 edition at the address: 412 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. FL. with a seating capacity of 735.

theatreorganmana on October 27, 2005 at 6:25 pm

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

DONALDADUNN on April 4, 2007 at 11:50 am

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

AndyCallahanMajorMajor on October 25, 2010 at 12:58 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 4:24 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 6:37 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 12:52 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.

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