Theaters in Tampa for lease?

posted by pgnizak73 on May 4, 2010 at 3:30 pm

I am looking for a one or two year lease on a (8) or more screen theater in the Tampa, Florida area.

Any help would be great.

Thank you

Comments (8)

Mikeoaklandpark on May 5, 2010 at 6:44 pm

There are 2 empty theater that I am aware of in Tampa. The former AMC Varsity 6 and the Carmike Main Street 5. There are 2 other AMC theaters that I am not sure what has happened to them. AMC Twin BAy 4 in South TAmpa and AMC Horizon Park 4. There was also the UA Movies at Misson Bell. Please let me know if this works out for you.

Nunzienick on May 6, 2010 at 6:37 am

Sorry to disillusion you but all of the theatres listed above are history.

Varsity 6 was merged into an indoor flea market.

Main Street 6 became a furniture store or some similar type of business which is now closed. The building still stands but is probably empty.

Twin Bays 4 was demolished years ago and Horizon Park 4 became a men’s clothing store which is now closed (I posted a history of these two just recently.)

UA’s Mission Bell 8 was demolished about two years ago.

At present I don’t believe there are any theatres in the Tampa area that would be available for lease.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 7, 2010 at 3:13 am

Nick is there a dollar theatre in Tampa.A second run theatre there might do good if you can keep the trash out.

TLSLOEWS on May 7, 2010 at 3:45 am

Good luck on that.

Nunzienick on May 7, 2010 at 5:31 am

There hasn’t been a dollar theatre in Tampa since the closing of Twin Bays 4 years ago. The Britton does have dollar Tuesdays but that’s only one day per week. Mission Bell 8 also had dollar Tuesdays for awhile and a few other theatres had their own dollar days. In a city the size of Tampa you’d expect at least a couple dollar houses but we only had one — Twin Bays 4. The crowd that frequented that theatre was fairly well-behaved. Not exactly the riff-raff you’d expect to see at a dollar house.

Mikeoaklandpark on May 7, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Thanks Nick. I was wondering what happened to mostof these theaters. If you look at the Main Street 5 posting it showed the theater was intact and used as a halloween stoe in the lobby. I also know Rehal opened a 20 screen theater near Van Dyke with 20 screens which was inoperation only a few years and clsoed when Regal went into bankruptcy. I also just thought about Northdale Court. Any idea about that theater?

Nunzienick on May 8, 2010 at 7:38 am

Yes, I saw the Main Street posting. The poster mentioned one theatre still had seating and the lobby was being used for some type of Halloween store. But whether or not all 6 theatres contain seating and equipment is questionable. The last owner was Carmike and they usually remove equipment upon closing a theatre. I was in the area about a month ago and pulled up to the building. It was closed although it does appear it’s being used for something but I couldn’t tell what.

Regal did open a 20-screen theatre in North Tampa called the Hollywood 20 in the early 1990s. I think it was only open for about 10 years or so before Regal went bankrupt. What a waste. There was some talk about rennovating the building for a medical center which I believe is what they did.

General Cinema opened Northdale Court 6 around the mid-80s I think. This was another one that wasn’t around for long. I remember seeing “The Shadow” here in 1994 and it wasn’t too long afterwards when it was gone. Today the former theatre space is an outlet store. I think either sports equipment or something of that nature. You’d never in a million years guess it was once a theatre.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 10, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Thanks Nick.Must be quite a change if you could not tell it was once a theatre!

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