Clay Theatre

326 Walnut Street,
Green Cove Springs, FL 32043

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Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Palace Opera House

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The Clay Theatre is Back

Opened in 1919 as the Palace Opera House, and converted to movies in 1936. In recent years, the theater changed hands and an extensive remodel took place. It was a beautiful showplace. The original balcony was converted to another screen in the early-1990’s with 224 seats downstairs and 78 seats upstairs.

The Clay Theatre was closed in 2009. It was reopened in September 2012 and closed June 1, 2014.

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Recent comments (view all 15 comments)

nostalgicTLG on June 17, 2012 at 2:17 pm

I would love to learn more about the grand reopening of this theater! We live in Clay County and it would be a shame if this old theater isn’t revived! I would like to see some older movies shown, maybe even some black and white classics.

MovieMad52 on August 29, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Facebook page states its opening in September.

CSWalczak on September 1, 2012 at 6:00 pm

An article about the two brothers and their work to revive the Clay: View article

MPol on September 16, 2012 at 1:33 pm

It’s good to hear about another closed movie theatre re-opening. Even though I don’t reside in the area, it provides a ray of hope.

MovieMad52 on November 15, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Need to change the status to ‘open’, playing 2nd run movies.

FloridaDriveIns on December 23, 2012 at 9:23 am

A Folio Weekly article from November 2012 about the theatre:

As of this date, they’re showing new releases: most recently Jack Reacher and The Hobbit.

tammymendoza on April 12, 2013 at 3:14 pm

My son Zackary and I love this place the people are great and it’s close to home and don’t cost $22.00 for the two of us to just get in. $10.50 is alot better. And the movies are great, also the drive-in we seen too.

MovieMad52 on June 8, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Clay Theatre, once again was closed on June 1st. I suspect this might be the end.

JCharles on June 9, 2014 at 2:35 pm

“The twin-screen, two-story theater concluded its comeback run on Saturday evening with a screening of ‘The Monuments Men.’”

The theatre was showing this a month after it hit DVD? Were they still running 35mm? If so, I’d imagine that was a major reason for their decision.

esmith on August 3, 2017 at 5:17 am

The Clamour Theatre Company is currently fundraising in hopes of acquiring the Clay Theatre and re-opening it as a combination movie theatre and live performance space.

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