Florida Theatre

2018 Hollywood Boulevard,
Hollywood, FL 33020

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FLORIDA Theatre; Hollywood, Florida.

This terrific Art Deco style movie house was built in 1937 and lasted until 1964 when it was destroyed in a fire and torn down afterward. A parking lot is now located on the site of the Florida Theatre.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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steven on March 7, 2005 at 2:37 pm

By the way, I recall seeing this theatre’s “sister”, located on 30 East Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. I saw the picture on a linen-era postcard from the 1940s. It too was demolished, though I’m not sure of the date. The two theatres were identical to one another.

Patsy on March 7, 2005 at 2:47 pm

Steven: When I read your “sister” post I thought I was about to read that the theatre at 30 East Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale was still open, but sadly you wrote……“It too was demolished….” :–(

steven on June 19, 2006 at 3:46 pm

Though the link is temporarily down, the hollywoodfl.org website has some photographs of downtown Hollywood and two photos include pictures of The Florida Theatre’s marquee with “April Love” on one photo and “Some Came Running” on the other. I’ll try and post the direct link as soon as the site is working again.

steven on July 26, 2006 at 8:25 am

Okay, as promised here is the link to a December 30, 1957 picture of downtown Hollywood with the Florida Theatre marquee showing “April Love.” The title isn’t visible, but Pat Boone and Shirley Jones' names are. Enjoy!

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Patsy on July 26, 2006 at 12:22 pm

Nice to read that a parking lot is now where the Florida Theatre once stood and was enjoyed by so many theatre goers. Such a shame!

Patsy on July 26, 2006 at 12:24 pm

I wonder who takes the credit for being the architect for this specially designed art deco theatre?

steven on July 27, 2006 at 8:57 am

The Florida Theatre address was 2018 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, Florida.

guyinfl99 on December 20, 2007 at 10:53 pm

A correction to an old post I just read regarding the Hollywood Mall above (2004). The Hollywood Mall did in fact close years ago and reopened as a Target / Publix / shopping center. The Hollywood Fashion Center, another mall further west on Hollywood Blvd., also closed and subsequently reopened (partially) as a flea market type center.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 10, 2009 at 9:43 am

The Florida was already open by 1941 according to the Film daily Yearbook.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 21, 2009 at 4:19 am

The architect of the Florida Theatre was Roy A. Benjamin. The announcement that construction had begun appeared in Boxoffice, August 21, 1937. The house was being built for Sparks Theatres, already operating the 600-seat Ritz and the Hollywood Beach Theatre in Hollywood.

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