Tyrone Square 6

6901 22nd Avenue North,
St. Petersburg, FL 33710

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Tyrone Square 6

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The Tyrone Square 6 opened in 1972 and closed in January of 2007. An Old Navy store is located at this address today.

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rivest266
rivest266 on September 12, 2008 at 6:02 pm

Correction to the Sept 12 posting: It was renamed 9th Avenue theatre when AMC took it over. It closed in 1981.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 12, 2008 at 6:07 pm

Is the theater that opened in 1965 the same theater as this one with a different name or was it a different theater?

rivest266
rivest266 on September 12, 2008 at 7:04 pm

It opened by somebody else then ended up with the Wometco circuit.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 12, 2008 at 7:10 pm

This is a little confusing. According to the article that I posted in the first comment on this page, “Tyrone 6 was among the first businesses to open at the 1972-vintage mall.” If the mall opened in 1972, the 1965 theater must have been located in a different building.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 25, 2009 at 11:22 pm

Mike and Lost: The Wometco house that opened in December 1965 was called the Crossroads Theatre. It was the subject of an article in the May 16, 1966 issue of Boxoffice. A first-run luxury house, and the Wometco circuit’s 39th theater in Florida, it was located in the Crossroads Shopping Center, just off of Tyrone Boulevard. It opened as a 1200 seat single screener, but provisions were made to add a second auditorium, to seat 600-800 patrons, and the article said that Wometco intended to add the second auditorium later that year. The architect of the Crossroads Theatre was A. Herbert Mathes of Miami.

Some sketchy results of Google searches suggest that the Crossroads Theatre was later replaced by, or altered into, the AMC Crossroads 8 Theatres, at 2190 Tyrone Blvd., which appears to have opened in 1987, and after closing in September, 2002, was demolished along with some other buildings in the shopping center to make way for a Home Depot.

Incidentally, A. Herbert Mathes was a noted Miami architect who designed a number of large buildings in that city and in Miami Beach, including the Versailles hotel tower and ballroom addition to the Fontainebleau Hotel.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 26, 2009 at 9:06 am

So the Crossroads is not the same theater as the one listed here. There was also a Tyrone Theater located at 9th Avenue N. & 56th Street N. which was also a different theater than this one. I don’t see either the Tyrone or the Crossroads listed on Cinema Treasures.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 28, 2009 at 8:49 pm

The Tyrone Square 6 and the Crossroads were different theaters, and it turns out that the AMC Crossroads 8 was yet another. I found a 1972 reference to the Crossroads Theatre being at 1900 Tyrone Boulevard, so the AMC Crossroads 8 at 2190 Tyrone doesn’t have a Cinema Treasures page yet either.

Movie Listings in The St. Petersburg Evening Independent, January 28, 1984, show AMC then operating five houses in the area: Tyrone Square 6; Countryside 6; Crossroads 2; Clearwater 4; Seminole 2.

Plans for construction of the 2200 seat AMC Crossroads 8 were announced in the St. Petersburg Times of August 8, 1986. The article said that the Crossroads 2 would be closed when the new house was opened in 1987, and would be converted to retail space.

Also, the August 16, 1965, issue of Boxoffice has a list of theaters recently opened in shopping centers, and one of them is a 1000 seat house called the Tyrone Theatre, located in the Tyrone Shopping Center, St. Petersburg. There’s a photo of the front, and it shows a typical, nondescript shopping center theater of the era. An ad for the Tyrone Theatre in the August 14, 1965, issue of The St. Petersburg Evening Independent includes the line “Wurlitzer Concert on our stage, 8:00PM.” The feature film, “Lord Jim,” was also scheduled at 8:00PM. That must have produced quite a cacophony.

bsatchfield
bsatchfield on June 22, 2010 at 1:27 pm

My father’s construction company built many of the AMC theaters in the Tampa Bay area including the Crossroads 8 theater which opened in 1987 near Tyrone Square Mall. Screens 1 & 2 at Crossroads 8 were THX-certified, making those two screens some of the best places to see a film (screens 6 & 7 at AMC Hyde Park 7 were also THX-certified).

I would often make a special trip to Crossroads 8 to see important films; I recall seeing Clear and Present Danger there in 1994 and being completely overwhelmed by the picture and sound. I remember this being the first film where I would be able to directly compare the THX theater presentation and my home theater presentation. Clear and Present Danger ended up becoming the first home video release (via laserdisc) to include a Dolby Digital soundtrack.

Too bad Crossroads 8 ended up being torn down.

hummerja
hummerja on September 4, 2010 at 8:11 am

The Tyrone Theater was in a shopping center called Tyrone Gardens about a mile from Crossroads and Tyrone Mall. It is now a Winn Dixie Supermarket. The Crossroads 2 theater closed when Crossroads 8 opened and is now a Toys R Us. Tyrone Mall is across the street from Crossroads Shopping Center.

rivest266
rivest266 on November 19, 2011 at 7:56 pm

6-Plex photo and grand opening ad has been posted here.

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