Gulf Theatre

304 W. Venice Avenue,
Venice, FL 34285

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Gulf Theatre

The Sarasota Herald covered the opening of the Venice Theatre, operated by C.C. Jordan, July 14, 1927. The opening movie was Lionel Barrymore in “The Bells”.

The Venice Area Historical Society notes Harrison Gill, local architect, designed the 800-seat theatre. Following the 1928 depression, the economy forced the theatre to close periodically. In 1937 the theatre was sold, renovated and reopened as the Gulf Theatre on Thanksgiving evening with Loretta Young and Tyrone Power in “Second Honeymoon”.

By the 1950’s Film Daily Year Book listed the Gulf Theatre with 375 seats.

The Gulf Theatre closed in April 1971 and on June 30 the Herald-Tribune published a photo of the demolition of the theatre, to build a new building. Bank of America has most recently occupied the site.

Contributed by Ron Pierce
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