Center Theatre

914 Central Avenue,
St. Petersburg, FL 33705

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Center Theatre

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The building was a converted grain-house, which became the Alcazar Theatre. It was one of the many theatres lining St. Petersburg’s Central Avenue, first appearing in the newspaper in 1926. By 1941 it had been renamed Roxy Theatre.

It later became the Center Theatre and was equipped to screen 70mm films in the 1960’s. The Center Theatre was closed in 1977. Today, 914 Central Avenue is a parking lot.

Contributed by Andy

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AndyCallahanMajorMajor on November 15, 2010 at 11:32 am

It appears that the Alcazar and the also-listed Center were the same theater. It was also called the Roxy at one point. The Alcazar moved into a converted grain warehouse in 1926 and its final incarnation, the Center, closed in 1977.

Nunzienick on November 15, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Thanks Andy. This is very interesting. I remember when the Center was a 70MM house. They advertised heavily in the Tampa Tribune the many reserved-seat roadshow attractions that played though most of the 1960s. But by the mid-1970s it had gone adult and was reduced to showing X-rated films. I only saw one adult film here and as I recall it was a nice theatre with a fairly large screen. Had no idea it was formerly known as the Alcazar and later the Roxy.

Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on July 23, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Just posted a couple ads under photos.

P. K. "Budd" Ballard
P. K. "Budd" Ballard on November 27, 2016 at 11:33 pm

The 70mm equipment was installed when the theatre changed from the ROXY to the CENTER. BEN HUR played there for over a year and THE SOUND OF MUSIC played there for almost a year. The projection and sound were superb.

HDEngineer on February 3, 2017 at 11:53 am

Projection and Sound were indeed superb. This was an early Phillips (Norelco) 70 mm installation. They had a chain hoist to help handle the big 70mm reels. Cliff Brigham?? was one of the projectionists there. I saw a 70mm release of the Cinerama feature “How the West Was Won” there.

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