Seminole Theatre

5103 N. Florida Avenue,
Tampa, FL 33603

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DavidZornig on December 9, 2017 at 8:27 pm

1950 Candibar photo added. 2010 link is now dead.

rivest266 on September 25, 2017 at 2:12 pm

This opened on May 7th, 1927. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

DavidZornig on August 31, 2016 at 7:10 pm

August 2016 demolition photo added, photo credit James Marsh.

Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on August 13, 2016 at 11:46 am

I drove by this location yesterday only to find the building was being demolished. All four walls were already down. Piles of debris were being loaded unto dump trucks. The building had been home to the Praise Cathedral Church for nearly 47 years. Pastor Pat Hall was head of the congregation who’s mission included giving clothes and food to people down on their luck.

When a portion of the roof collapsed in 2009 the Tampa City Council condemned the building but gave the church an extension of time to secure funds for repairs and to bring the building up to code. Evidently sufficient funds were raised and the roof was repaired. Then a little more than a year ago a drunk driver lost control and slammed into the front of the building damaging it further. I believe the church has been closed since then. Another city landmark now gone. Please change status to demolished.

clwcapman on June 10, 2011 at 11:45 am

Hey Chucvk 1231 or histroic tampa theatres, if you have any pictures of the interior of the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater, please let me know. We have pictures of the exterior but none of the inside prior to the 1950’s. We are fundrasing to restore, this 90 year old gem. We are open and operating. our website is Thank yo!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 7, 2011 at 10:30 am

Yeah, we were suppose to return one sheets in my days,Most are in basement.LOL.

pcfousj on March 31, 2011 at 6:25 am

I went to this theatre almost every Sat. when I was a young boy, I think it cost a dime to get in you could watch a flash gordon serial, a movie and 2 cartoons for that price


TLSLOEWS on November 1, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Love the “CANDIBAR” photo.Thanks Nick.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 25, 2010 at 7:07 pm

Boy,Nick Iwould love to have that Onesheet and lobby cards in the background. Great you are back.

Nunzienick on April 23, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Here are some additional photos:
Auditorium interior dated 8/21/26:
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Refreshment Stand (Candibar) dated 9/30/50:
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AndyCallahanMajorMajor on November 30, 2009 at 1:00 pm

The building was most recently owned by a church. They only did minimal maintenance, as the roof collapsed while being examined by the city building inspector. The building was condemned in August 2009.

Recent picture:

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Historic Theatres in Tampa on August 31, 2008 at 9:31 am

Please provide any stories or information that you might have about this theatre (or any single-screen theatre in Tampa) here…
This will assist us in preserving the history surrounding these theatres in Tampa. Thank you!!

drumrboy36 on August 9, 2007 at 4:18 am

Does anyone know anything about this theatre? Interior? etc.? I can’t find a thing with research. The building is still there but appears abandoned.

rhcclark on March 19, 2006 at 7:21 am

recent photo (4 theaters down the page) View link