South Trail Cinema

6727 S. Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota, FL 34231

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Opened as the Jerry Lewis Cinema July 12, 1972 with “Fiddler on the Roof”. In 1973 it was renames South Trail Cinema, and soon 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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Broan
Broan on March 13, 2009 at 4:30 am

Here is an article with a photo of the South Trail Cinema

rivest266
rivest266 on November 23, 2011 at 5:55 pm

This opened as Jerry Lewis on July 12th, 1972. It was renamed South Trail Cinema in 1973.

billne
billne on June 11, 2015 at 11:31 pm

I saw Jon Voight’s “The Champ” there in 1979, obviously during the theater’s non-porn operation.

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