Jerry Lewis Cinema

Patricia Avenue at Main Street,
Dunedin, FL 34698

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The Jerry Lewis Cinema was Dunedin’s first theater in a decade. It was located in the Dunedin Plaza Shopping Center on Patricia Avenue at Main Street. It opened in April 1972.

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on June 2, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Joe, you entered some Boxoffice info on the Cricket, but it was the second listing for the same theater and so that Cricket listing was deleted. I thought that might happen so I made a copy before it disapeared. Do you want to enter the Boxoffice info on the original Cricket listing or should I?

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on June 2, 2010 at 9:21 pm

I’ve been in Dunedin many times, but not lately. Wished I knew about this and checked this out! Anyone know if the Dunedin Plaza Shopping Center is now called the Coastal Shopping Center? What is the Cinema now used for?

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on June 2, 2010 at 11:17 pm

I would imagine, and hope, that this cinema’s name sake was in attendance for the grand opening as well as offering financial assistance regarding future restoration… hmmm?

AndyCallahanMajorMajor
AndyCallahanMajorMajor on June 3, 2010 at 8:46 am

Yep, it’s now the Coastal Shopping Center. I don’t know the current status of the theater. It would be great to get a concrete address.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 17, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Jerry Lewis' book “DEAN AND ME”, Mr.Lewis writes about the mess he got into getting in the theatre business.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on July 29, 2012 at 8:39 am

Jerry Lewis Cinemas declared bankruptcy in 1980.

CT could use an exact address, is the building still standing, if yes, what is the use of the building, photos, old and new, inside and out, and any other info???

B&L

Chief Bob Jensen

Manteno, Illinois

moviefanaticfan
moviefanaticfan on July 25, 2013 at 8:43 am

I would probably think the theater was inside either the save-a-lot or the liquor store they both have lots of parking spaces. The Bealls outlet has very little parking in front, plus it shares parking with the bank building.

markp
markp on July 25, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Chief Bob, are you sure they declared bankruptcy in 1980?? My dad and uncle were projectionists at a Jerry Lewis Twin in Carteret N.J. and by the beginning of 1974 they were under private ownership. Perhaps I am getting confused with Network Cinema Corp. who was the company under which JLC’s were.

SteveSwanson
SteveSwanson on July 25, 2013 at 4:43 pm

The bankruptcy of Jerry Lewis & NCC is well documented. However, the JLC business model soon fell apart after a few years. Most franchises probably distanced themselves by running more mature, and in some cases ‘adult’ films, when the family film theme ran out of gas. I know my local theater was doing that.

markp
markp on July 25, 2013 at 10:31 pm

I know the one dad was projectionist at started running adult movies in Cinema 1 in 1974. They tried to keep the kids and family movies in Cinema 2. It was closed and out of business in 1985.

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