Dolphin Theatre

4645 Gulf Boulevard,
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

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Dolphin Theatre, St. Petersburg Beach, FL

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Located in the Dolphin Plaza shopping center. The Dolphin Theatre operated from December 5, 1969 to December 13, 1981.

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AndyCallahanMajorMajor
AndyCallahanMajorMajor on April 11, 2010 at 8:15 am

I’m guessing the theater was on the right side of the plaza, in the courtyard past the Publix and TG&Y. I don’t think there are any visible remnants.

Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on May 21, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Just posted the opening day ad. The Dolphin opened on December 25, 1969 with “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” and closed either on or just before December 13, 1981 with “Dr. Zhivago” as the closing attraction. Operated under ABC Florida State Theatres and later bought out by Plitt Theatres. The Dolphin was a first-run house for several years before reverting to and later closing as a second-run $1.00 theatre. Would love to see photos of the Dolphin which are evidently either very elusive or non-existent.

P. K. "Budd" Ballard
P. K. "Budd" Ballard on November 29, 2016 at 1:13 pm

When the Dolphin theatre closed, a bank moved into the building. I only have photos of the inside of the projection booth with two Century projection heads, two Century sound heads, Xetron Xenon lamphouses and 6,000 foot reels. No automation. Just before it closed I almost had to strike a match to see if the Xenon bulb was working. They had so many hours on them that they were black and I worried about a bulb explosion every time I struck the lamp.

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