Floriland Cinema 3

9309 N. Florida Avenue,
Tampa, FL 33612

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rivest266 on October 1, 2017 at 6:40 pm

reuploaded Nick’s ad without scratches and all in one piece

stephenkim on December 18, 2013 at 5:43 am

Rarely went to this theater as it was on the other side of town. Two films I recall seeing there were the Cotton Club (1985) and Octopussy (1983).

SURFACEART on September 20, 2013 at 3:07 am

this was the theatre I frequented while living in Tampa as a teenager, I went to nearby Chamberlain H.S. sOME OF THE LAST FILMS i SAW THERE WERE “E.T. the Extraterrestrial” and “Poltergeist” in 83'. I also went to the old UA Mission Bell 8, and Northdale Court Cinemas before eventually going to work in theatres myself.

Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on November 18, 2011 at 6:23 am

Rivest266, Floriland never became an AMC theatre. It opened under Budco and was later purchased by Cobb who added a third screen. Sometime before closing it again became a Budco theatre although not for very long. When it finally closed as a movie house it became a dinner theatre for a short while and was later absorbed into the Floriland Indoor Flea Market.

rivest266 on November 16, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Budco’s theatres in the Philadelphia region, where they had a major share of the market, was bought out by AMC in 1986, Know anything if this ever made it to the AMC circuit before it closed?

Nunzienick on August 31, 2010 at 4:58 am

Mike, It’s been awhile but I’m finally back on CT. I know what you mean about senior moments since I have at least two every day!

The tax collector’s office in the former Floriland Cinema building may not remain open very much longer. Due to budget cuts most of the government offices located in the former mall have shut down. I’m guessing it’s only a matter of time. Then who knows what the building will house next.

Mikeoaklandpark on July 14, 2010 at 6:31 pm

They used the big theater on the left which might have been 3 not 1 for the shows. That theater had the stage which had a huge screen when it was a movie theater. Thank you for adding Nancy Kulp’s name to the postings. Since I posted my comment in June I coul dnot remember her name. Major senior moment. LOL

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 11, 2010 at 12:48 am

Nick.Don’t have any idea you will see this but I am sending another Drive-in Ad from the Tower Drive-in back for you to put on CT.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 2, 2010 at 6:54 am

Nick i added those old theatres in town on CT.I thanked you on the Grand Opera house one.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 30, 2010 at 12:27 am

Thanks,Nick.I always try and run through most of your theatres to see if you have added ads or pictures.

Nunzienick on June 29, 2010 at 1:35 am

Unfortunately the number of seats I listed is an estimate. I had hoped to find an article published about the time the Floriland opened that would have listed the number of seats as well as provided some additional details about the cinemas. But the search was fruitless. I could not find the first article or photo either before or after opening.

In hindsight I would have photographed every theatre in town inside and out had I known they would be gone in just a few years. I did manage to snap a few photos of some local theatres when I realized the buildings could soon be history. I believe I did take at least one outdoor shot of the Floriland some time after closing. If I can find it I’ll post it here.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on June 27, 2010 at 8:18 pm

How many seats did it end up having?

More info or photos?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 26, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Funny they re-opened with 3 R-rated Films.“EYE OF THE NEEDLE” was pretty decent little film. We played “TARZAN” at GCC and it died QUICK.Loved The ads wish I could have seen the ones on the paper Too.

Nunzienick on June 26, 2010 at 3:13 am

“A Clockwork Orange” opened first-run at the Florida downtown and the version they ran had a couple scenes showing full frontal nudity so that had to be the X version. It played at the Floriland about a year or so later and I don’t recall any scenes being cut so it was probably the X version as well. The R version probably had the violence trimmed down a bit in addition to any frontal nudity as the violence alone was probably enough to warrant an X rating. It was certainly extreme for the time.

Here are the opening ads:

Floriland Cinema 1 & 2 opening November 22, 1972:
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Floriland Cinema 3 reopening July 24, 1981:
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 26, 2010 at 1:10 am

I guess you saw the X-rated “CLOCKWORK ORANGE” we only got the R-rated version here.wonder what they cut out.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 26, 2010 at 1:08 am

Nick,I can’t believe they booked it in a twin when in those days there were single screen theatres.I told you the story how Universal tricked us ushers and doormen into setting up the big sensurround at the Imperial for “EARTHQUAKE” said we would make $15.00 an hour in 1974 to help install.You know we never saw the first penny! Oh well,that is the theatre business.On new Theatres I have added a bunch tonight,but so far I only see one,CINEMA Six. I wish so bad I had the money to Drive down and see all of you.I hope one day it will happen again,but probably with no Kids.

Nunzienick on June 25, 2010 at 10:18 pm

MikeRogers: When those Sensurround speakers first came on they scared the *#%+! out of me! I had no idea they would be so loud. The seats were vibrating and it even felt like they were shaking. And I remember feeling pressure in my chest. I wonder if anyone died from experiencing Sensurround?! The audience in nearby cinema 1 must’ve thought the roof was falling in had they not known anything about Sensurround.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 25, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Nick,Great article as usual.Talking about Charlie and Miss Ollie I bet. Could not believe they would play “EARTHQUAKE” in sensurround in a TWIN theatre!I could see it in a single screen house,but a Twin.Bet the folks watching the other movie were a liitle pissed when the Capital Record Building Fell!LOL. I think You sent me pictures years ago on the Floriland Cinemas. I am wanting for the Ads!

Nunzienick on June 25, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Mike, You’re right again! I had forgotten about that but I now remember the ads for the short-lived dinner theatre when Nancy Kulp appeared in No No Nanette. I’m glad you mentioned it. Interesting that theatre 1 was used for the shows considering it was the smaller theatre. I think there was an article published in the Tribune describing the rennovation from 3 cinemas to a dinner theatre. If I can find it I’ll post it here. I’m wondering how they managed to put a stage in that small theatre without losing seating. There couldn’t have been very much room behind the screen so I’m sure the stage had to expand outward. Did you ever attend the dinner theatre?

Mikeoaklandpark on June 25, 2010 at 6:31 pm

After Budco closed the theaters in 1986, they opened a dinner theater there. The open attraction was No No Nanette with the lady who played Jane hathoway on The Beverly Hillbillies. They used theter 1 for the shows and theaters 2 & 3 were used for a kitchen and seating to eat. The dinner theater unfortunately didn’t last very long.

Nunzienick on June 25, 2010 at 2:53 pm

The street address for Floriland Mall is:
9309 North Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33612

Here’s a link with a small photo of the Floriland Cinema building now the north Tampa branch of the Hillsborough County Tax Collector’s office:
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Will post opening day ads for Floriland Cinema shortly.