Venice 2 Theatres

474 US-41 Bypass,
Venice, FL 34285

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Venice 2 Theatres

Happened to be walking in downtown Venice and above several retail stores observed a faded outline for “Venice Cinemas”. The local movie house opened as the twin-screen Venice 2 Theatres on June 28, 1972 with Charlton Heston in “Skyjacked” & Bobby Driscoll in Walt Disney’s “Song of the South”. Screen 1 had 350-seats and screen 2 had 250-seats. It was operated by Floyd Enterprises. It was closed in 1990.

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rivest266
rivest266 on November 23, 2011 at 4:08 pm

An Venice 2 opened at Grant Plaza on Hwy 41 on June 28th, 1972 and closed in 1990. Is this it?

Ron Pierce
Ron Pierce on June 19, 2019 at 12:39 am

Grant Plaza (named for the anchor, W.T Grant store) was located at 474 US 41 Bypass.

Grand Opening ad and photograph as Venice 2 is now displayed. 600 (250+350) seats.

StanMalone
StanMalone on June 20, 2019 at 9:18 am

In 1970-71, W.T. Grant opened four shopping centers in the Atlanta Georgia area under the name Grant City. These Grant store anchors were trying to find the sweet spot between their traditional five and dime sized intown stores and the big new K-Marts. Three of the four contained movie theaters, one 500 seat single, one 370 seat single, and one twin with 250 per side.

This did not work, in Atlanta at least, and in 1974 all of the Grants closed up necessitating a change in the shopping center name. None of the theaters were successful with one closing after only 5 years and another only lasting 10. The third made it as long as this location but only as a hybrid Cinema Drafthouse / live performance venue for the final 10 years.

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