1852 Central Avenue,
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Previous Names: Patio Theatre, Reno Theatre, Ritz Theatre, Playhouse Adult Theatre, Playhouse Adult Cinema, Encore Dinner Theatre
This was an older movie theatre, opened in 1925 as the open-air Patio Theatre, and located just west of downtown St. Petersburg on Central Avenue at 19th Street. In 1928 it opened as an indoor theatre. It was renamed Playhouse Theatre around 1934 and closed on September 6, 1966 with Richard Burton in “Night of the Iguana” & Richard Chamberlain in “Joy in the Morning”.
From October 10, 1966 it was operating as an adult theatre, screening “The Alley Cats”. It was closed on May 22, 1973 with “The Degraders” & “My Sister’s Business”. By April 1989 it was operating as the Encore Dinner Theatre presenting live shows. It was a sports bar in the 1990’s. It is currently vacant and in 2019 was ‘For Rent’.
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