5th Street S. and 1st Avenue S.,
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Internet references state this was the first air conditioned theatre in St. Petersburg. It was certainly the largest movie theatre in the town and was designed by architects; Roy A. Benjamin & Robert E. Hall. The Florida Theatre was opened September 10, 1926 with Thomas Meighan in “Tin Gods”. The 3 manual Wurlitzer organ was opened by organist William J. Gilroy.
The Florida Theatre was still open in 1956, but had closed by 1957. It was demolished in December 1967 to build a parking lot and a bank.
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