Carib Theater

1148 Cleveland Street,
Clearwater, FL 33755

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Carib Theater

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By 1957 the Carib Theater was operated by Floyd Theaters. 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 on October 24, 2010 at 11:27 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 on October 25, 2010 at 9:36 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 4:04 pm

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

goodmund on October 28, 2010 at 10:33 am

Here’s direct links to the photos I tried to post:
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goodmund on October 28, 2010 at 1:36 pm

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

pirateab on October 28, 2010 at 4:21 pm

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

pirateab on October 28, 2010 at 4:30 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 8:13 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.

clwcapman on July 18, 2012 at 10:05 am

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

Benita on June 1, 2015 at 1:30 pm

The Carib theater did not become the Barnett Bank; Barnett bought the building to use the space for a parking lot. I worked at the bank until 1979 and then left for college and came back to photograph the theater in 1983 just before it came down. I have interior shots of the lovely Egyptian figures displaying the history of sound and motion picture that were painted two stories high on the inside of the theater. To my knowledge these are the only photos of the inside that exist. I will post them at a later time as I am using them in research that is to be published soon.

The manager of the Carib was named Clarence, and while the national anthem movie was played before every feature, he would stop the film and turn on the houselights if patrons did not stand.

Yes, the Thunderbird was on East Bay. Another great theater gone.

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