Playhouse Theater

1850 Central Avenue,
St. Petersburg, FL 33712

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This was an older movie theater, operating prior to 1941, and located just west of downtown St. Petersburg on Central Avenue at 19th Street. It most likely ceased to be a movie theater by the 1970’s; it was a sports bar in the 1990’s. I believe it is vacant, though standing.

Contributed by Andy

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AndyCallahanMajorMajor on May 19, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Closed and for sale. Hopefully something good will happen to the building. Both pictures are from May 2010.

Ticket booth.


AndyCallahanMajorMajor on July 23, 2010 at 7:12 am

I’ve found evidence of a Reno Theater located at the corner of Central and 19th. The advertisement is from 1933, so either the above information about the name being changed to the Playhouse is wrong, or there was another theater across the street.

Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on September 25, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Just did some research on this theatre. It opened as the Playhouse Theatre in August of 1935. The last day of operation as a standard theatre was on September 6, 1966. It remained closed until October 12, 1966 when it reopened as the Playhouse Adult Theatre. It finally closed for good on May 22, 1973.

I didn’t see any ads for a Reno Theatre around the time the Playhouse opened. Since Andy has found evidence of a Reno Theatre either at or near this location a search of the 1933 ads will hopefully clear this up.

I’ll post a few ads from the Playhouse shortly.

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