Twin Bays 4

4250 S. Dale Mabry Highway,
Tampa, FL 33611

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Located in the Twin Bays Shopping Center, which was directly next to Britton Plaza. The Twin Bays 4 opened in 1971.

The shopping center was demolished in the early-2000’s, but the theater had been vacant for awhile. Last operated by AMC Theatres.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 29, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Nick, I don’t believe you would ever sneak into another theatre.

Nunzienick
Nunzienick on May 3, 2010 at 9:40 pm

You got that right…my sneaking-in days are history!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 20, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Sean and Kyle when they were 10 and 12 could sneak in the 20 plex all the time,just gotta look like you belong. Saved me some money.

Jorge
Jorge on June 3, 2011 at 10:49 am

I recall seeing quite a few movies here for $1 back when I was still new to the area (1995-1997). My fondest memory was a second date with my (now) wife, we went to see Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knight, we wanted to go see a movie, but nothing of interest was playing in the first run theaters, so we hit the Twin Bays. I think we had our first kiss this same night, sealing our fates forever (yikes). We been married 14 years now!

carlton_banks
carlton_banks on May 16, 2012 at 9:27 am

As a youngster growing up in the Tampa Bay area, I have seen much of the growth and tragedy among Tampa’s cinema scene. I always thought it was a treat to go to the Twin Bays after my grandmother would take me shopping on MacDill Air Base. She would treat me out once a week as if I was good all day, and what a treat it was. I loved it because it was so small and cozy. You walked and you saw the entire building lol. And it was a great retreat for military families looking for affordable entertainment without breaking the bank. It was a sad day when AMC shuttered both locations. Its funny now when I drive by the old location..I can imagine all of the great memories I have attached to the old Twin.

SMckenzie
SMckenzie on October 28, 2012 at 1:07 pm

I remember Twin Bays being the theater of choice for my mother. For some odd reason she did a lot of shopping at nearby Britton Plaza, we lived in West Tampa that’s quite a ride. A lot of my childhood movie memories happened at this theater. My mom would always say wait for the movie to come out on VHS or see it at the dollar theater, of course I waited to see it in the theater. Even when I had a choice of the first run theaters I usually chose this one, admission being $1.00 my mom didn’t mind splurging on candy, popcorn, and a soda. I always thought it was strange how far back this theater was positioned.

rivest266
rivest266 on October 1, 2017 at 9:34 am

August 26th, 1971 grand opening ad in the photo section.

Movie_Mike
Movie_Mike on October 1, 2017 at 7:38 pm

I went to work at Twin Bays in early 1977. I moved over from the Britton, where I had worked for a while, because Twin Bays paid 10 cents an hour more. I remember we ran SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT that summer for 27 weeks. Our assistant manager was a man named Bob Wiggins, who left to go become the guardian for his nephew in California who was appearing on the television show MAUDE. I learned a lot from him and emulated him as best I could in the 20 years that I managed movie theatres.

Coate
Coate on October 3, 2017 at 5:18 pm

There’s no way SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT played at Twin Bays for 27 weeks (unless perhaps you’re combining the duration of first run and some return runs)! As the author of a retrospective article on that movie — Still East Bound and Down: Remembering Smokey and the Bandit On Its 40th Anniversary — I can relay my findings that the BANDIT run at Twin Bays was 8 weeks (May 27-July 21). Now, there were some six-month runs but not in Tampa. The longest Tampa run was the Eastlake Square’s run of 16 weeks (May 27-Sep 15).

Movie_Mike
Movie_Mike on October 3, 2017 at 7:12 pm

Coate….my apologies. Our manager (Jim Folman) used to talk to customers in the lobby and he’d always talk about how we played the film for 27 Weeks, “just like STAR WARS!” Of course, now that I think about it, we went to a discount ($1.00) house Thanksgiving week of 1977 so no way we still had the film. Really enjoyed your article. I have an entertainment website – www.mediamikes.com Give it a look.

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