Varsity 6

11301 N. Nebraska Avenue,
Tampa, FL 33612

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Varsity Six Theatre circa 1979

The Varsity 6 is located in an old shopping center on the busy corner of Fowler Avenue and Nebraska Avenue. The theater opened December 20, 1974 and closed around 2001.

The theater is still standing, though vacant and showing its age. The rest of the shopping center has become an indoor flea market.

Contributed by Andy

Recent comments (view all 15 comments)

AndyCallahanMajorMajor on April 30, 2010 at 1:00 pm

April 2010. The marquee was up until a few years ago.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 7, 2011 at 10:39 am

Thanks for additional stories sad looking picture,but looks like theatre still.

jtyre on January 2, 2012 at 1:00 am

I was an usher at the Varsity Six in the late 70s. The place did incredible business and had some fun promos, midnight movies, etc. Once we had a boxing ring set up in the parking lot with local boxers for the opening of Rocky. Sorry to see it is no more.

Trish1217 on July 21, 2013 at 2:49 pm

I loved this place! Went here all the time with my boyfriend in the 80’s! I remember seeing Total Recall there in 89 or 90 and a big storm came in. The power went out and we got our money back! We immediately went to another theater to finish watching the movie!

Trish1217 on July 21, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Just drove by there yesterday. Front is all boarded up but you can see where the ticket window was. The parking lot was decrepit, there were scary types walking around, and a cop car parked in front of the flea market. I was not brave enough to go inside!

stephenkim on December 17, 2013 at 10:02 pm

I absolutely LOVED the grunginess of this theater, which I first went to when I moved to Tampa in 1982 and still found my way there after I moved away in 1995. This theater was dark, cozy, filled with life, and had the BEST buttered popcorn served in the big tubs, not those ripoff bags so many theaters switched to. Of all the theaters I saw close in Tampa during the 1990s, this one bothered me the most.

Some of the many films I saw there:

48 Hours (1982) The Dark Crystal (1982) Jaws 3D (1983) The Evil Dead (1983) Christine (1984) Friday the 13th IV (1984) 1984 (1984) Rocky IV (1985) Maximum Overdrive (1986) Predator (1987) Indiana Jones/Last Crusade (1989) Total Recall (1990) Aladdin (1992) Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) Short Cuts (1993) Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Pulp Fiction (1994) The Mask (1994) Casper (1995) Toy Story (1996) When we were Kings (1997)

Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on December 19, 2013 at 7:26 am

During the early 1980’s Dolby Stereo was installed in one of the larger auditoriums. When “A Hard Day’s Night” was reissued in 1982 it played exclusively at the Varsity in Dolby Stereo and sounded great. The film was was held over for a 2nd week but moved to a smaller auditorium with mono sound and the volume at a much lower level. I complained no less than 3 times to the assistant manager as well as two ushers asking them to please increase the volume. Although each one said they’d take care of it nothing was ever done. I was not a happy camper and could never understand their refusal to raise the audio level.

GrauMann on January 28, 2015 at 10:43 pm

Added color photo from circa 1979—not great, but shows the old signage.

Mikeoaklandpark on January 29, 2015 at 3:18 pm

I always hated this theater. Terrible screens.

rivest266 on October 1, 2017 at 12:06 pm

This opened on December 20th, 1974. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

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