Seminole Theatre

5103 N. Florida Avenue,
Tampa, FL 33603

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Seminole Theatre, Tampa FL

The Seminole Theatre was on N. Florida Avenue at E. Wilder Avenue in Tampa. It was opened May 7, 1927 with George Sidney in “Partners Again”. It was closed in 1957 and was taken over by a Christian group who also ran religious films in the building. It was demolished in August 2016.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 25, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Boy,Nick Iwould love to have that Onesheet and lobby cards in the background. Great you are back.

TLSLOEWS on November 1, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Love the “CANDIBAR” photo.Thanks Nick.

pcfousj on March 31, 2011 at 9:25 am

I went to this theatre almost every Sat. when I was a young boy, I think it cost a dime to get in you could watch a flash gordon serial, a movie and 2 cartoons for that price


Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Yeah, we were suppose to return one sheets in my days,Most are in basement.LOL.

clwcapman on June 10, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Hey Chucvk 1231 or histroic tampa theatres, if you have any pictures of the interior of the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater, please let me know. We have pictures of the exterior but none of the inside prior to the 1950’s. We are fundrasing to restore, this 90 year old gem. We are open and operating. our website is Thank yo!

Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on August 13, 2016 at 2:46 pm

I drove by this location yesterday only to find the building was being demolished. All four walls were already down. Piles of debris were being loaded unto dump trucks. The building had been home to the Praise Cathedral Church for nearly 47 years. Pastor Pat Hall was head of the congregation who’s mission included giving clothes and food to people down on their luck.

When a portion of the roof collapsed in 2009 the Tampa City Council condemned the building but gave the church an extension of time to secure funds for repairs and to bring the building up to code. Evidently sufficient funds were raised and the roof was repaired. Then a little more than a year ago a drunk driver lost control and slammed into the front of the building damaging it further. I believe the church has been closed since then. Another city landmark now gone. Please change status to demolished.

DavidZornig on August 31, 2016 at 10:10 pm

August 2016 demolition photo added, photo credit James Marsh.

rivest266 on September 25, 2017 at 5:12 pm

This opened on May 7th, 1927. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

DavidZornig on December 9, 2017 at 11:27 pm

1950 Candibar photo added. 2010 link is now dead.

50sSNIPES on September 23, 2021 at 5:37 pm

The Seminole Theatre Closed In Early 1957 As A Mainstream Movie House. The Theater Then Later Reopened As The “Seminole Gospel Auditorium” (Which Still Sometimes Retaining Its Seminole Theatre Name) That June, And Believe It Or Not, Christian Films Began Screening There.

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