Florida Theater

E. Hinson Avenue & 8th Street,
Haines City, FL 33844

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The Florida Theater was opened in 1925. It was remodeled in 1948, to the plans of Avon Park based architect William J. Heim. A 1961 article in the Lakeland Ledger mentions a Florida Theater in downtown Haines City.

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irvl
irvl on July 30, 2010 at 2:09 am

The Florida Theatre was also Carl Floyd Theatres' home office. Years after the theatre closed, the chain’s offices were still active in the building. My understanding is after closing as a full-time theatre, it was reopened from time to time for special showings. What is the building used for now?

AndyCallahanMajorMajor
AndyCallahanMajorMajor on July 30, 2010 at 5:43 am

Not sure. I’m planning a trip to the Northeast Polk area soon, so I’ll see if I can locate the building.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on August 1, 2010 at 1:13 pm

If you ever find the address, let us know. Need more info and photos.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor
AndyCallahanMajorMajor on August 2, 2010 at 12:18 am

I think that building on the 500 block is an old Publix store dating from the 40s.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor
AndyCallahanMajorMajor on October 27, 2010 at 4:11 am

A 1925 article announces the construction of a theater at the corner of Hinson and 8th Street, directly across the corner of the Hotel Polk. The hotel’s still there, but nothing else on the corner resembles a theater.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 11, 2013 at 10:21 am

It’s possible that the Florida Theatre was the new house mentioned in the November 16, 1925, issue of The Film Daily:

“Construction work on Haines City’s new $100,000 theater has begun. The architect is R. A. Benjamin, of Jacksonville.”
Haines City’s other early theater, the Mar-Lea, was already in operation in 1925, and a photo of it shows that it was a fairly small house that was very unlikely to have cost $100,000.

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