South Trail Cinema
6727 S. Tamiami Trail,
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The open and close dates of this theater are unclear. For most of its existence, possibly from around 1970, it functioned as an adult theater, catering primarily to Sarasota’s elderly audience.
It briefly flirted with First-, Second-, and Classic- run around 1981, with disastrous results. It even attempted giving away beer and pretzels to get audiences, but only got 6 audience members.
However, the South Trail Cinema came into the limelight on July 26, 1991. Entertainer Paul Rubens, best known for his Pee Wee Herman character, was arrested for indecent exposure during a screening of "Nurse Nancy," part of a triple bill.
It was demolished in 1995 and a restaurant now sits on the site of the South Trail Cinema.
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