Carib Theater

1148 Cleveland Street,
Clearwater, FL 33755

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Carib Theater

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I’m currently researching this theater. I have some nice Kodachromes I will be posting. The marquee was similar to the Carib Theatre in Miami.

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pirateab
pirateab on October 24, 2010 at 8:27 am

The Carib Theatre closed in the late 70’s, I believe. I thought the last owner was Floyd Theatres who owned most of the drive in theatres in the bay area. He had the drive in on East Bay Dr in Largo – was that called the Thunder Bird?

AndyCallahanMajorMajor
AndyCallahanMajorMajor on October 25, 2010 at 6:36 am

The Carib closed in early June, 1983. Floyd briefly considered buying the old Ritz Theatre and moving operations there, but, as you could imagine, that fell through. Admission was 99 cents and the theater still played the national anthem before every show up until the end.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 25, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Floyd Theatres HAD the Whole state it seemed to me!Much like MARTIN Theatres in Georgia.

goodmund
goodmund on October 28, 2010 at 7:33 am

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goodmund
goodmund on October 28, 2010 at 10:36 am

Thunderbird Drive-In… Wasn’t that by the Wagon Wheel Flea Market? Also I recall the Mustang Drive-In on Belcher in Clearwater.

pirateab
pirateab on October 28, 2010 at 1:21 pm

On Belecher road and Cleveland St (which ended at Belecher) was the Gulf to Bay drive in.

pirateab
pirateab on October 28, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Floyd did have a lot of theatres at the end of the “good ole days”.
My grandparents and their brothers & sisters had a small chain of indoor and outdoor theatres throughout the state of Florida back in the day. The last one they had was the outdoor theatre off the highway in Bartow. It is a flea market now. But the building is there; restrooms on either side of the building, the concession stand in the center and upstairs was the “house”. I remember laying in my grandmother’s bed while she work the concession downstairs, watching the cartoons then the movie through the wide window that was directly center of the screen.

Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on August 17, 2011 at 5:13 am

Driving from Tampa on our way to Clearwater Beach during the 50s & 60s we would pass this theatre but unfortunately I never had a chance to stop and see a movie or at least see the interior. When the building was demolished there was a feature story published in the Tampa Tribune including interviews with several loyal patrons and how sad there were to see the theatre come down. Before demolition began a few people had arrived early to take whatever souveniers they could grab and carry out of the theatre. The Carib was replaced by a Barnett Bank building.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 10, 2012 at 5:18 am

Described in this 1954 trade article: boxoffice

clwcapman
clwcapman on July 18, 2012 at 7:05 am

Tinseltoes-Thank you for uploadind the article.Very cool!

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