Movies at Pinellas Park

7901 US Highway 19 North,
Pinellas Park, FL 33781

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P. K. "Budd" Ballard
P. K. "Budd" Ballard on December 2, 2016 at 1:33 pm

United Artist theatres did not last long here in the area of St. Petersburg, Pinellas Park and Largo, Florida. I had a friend of mine go to work at the Pinellas Park theatre as a non-union projectionist. One day the theatre manager was walking through the projection booth while my friend was starting one of the shows. At the start, the picture was slightly out of focus. When he reached over to adjust the focus the manager asked him just what did he think he was doing. When he replied that he was focusing the picture, the manager said, “ You do not EVER touch that knob. It is pre-set and you do not mess with it.” That was the day he decided he did not wish to work for UNITED ARTISTS. This may shed some light on some of the reasons that United Artist Theatres did not last long in this area.

Movieman65
Movieman65 on March 30, 2016 at 8:05 pm

I worked here in the summer of ‘87. It was a great place to work. A very nice lady named Paige was my boss.Great memories.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on May 5, 2010 at 8:48 pm

On the Google Map Photo it’s down a bit to the southeast from the red dot at the Wal Mart site, correct?

United Artists Theaters owned these theaters.

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on April 27, 2010 at 9:53 pm

The theatre opened on October 18th, 1985 with Sweet Dreams, Better Off Dead, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, The Gods Must Be Crazy, Volunteers, Compromising Positions, Teen Wolf, The Backwoods Massacre, Weird Science, Silver Bullet, Marie and St. Elmo’s Fire as the opening engagements.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 27, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Regal 20 was in Tampa.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 27, 2010 at 2:12 pm

If i recall correctly,Nick told me Regal opened a 20 plex for a couple of years before closing it.I think a lot of cities are overscreened no matter what the size of the city.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on April 27, 2010 at 1:47 pm

I think the area may have just become overscreened. If I recall my Cinematouring around that area there were a bunch of other theatres within a couple of miles.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 27, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Must have been in a bad location.

SusanD
SusanD on April 27, 2010 at 7:53 am

Interesting that a 12 screen multiplex should be demolished after only 14 years. Of course here in the Pittsburgh Area, we have the infamous Loews 20 North Versailles which opened in 1999 and closed in 2001. We also have the Star City 14/Screenworks 14 which only lasted a few years too (and was a really nice theatre).

AndyCallahanMajorMajor
AndyCallahanMajorMajor on April 27, 2010 at 6:35 am

Correction:

Picture from 2001. Note the screen tower for the neighboring Drive-in Cinema.