Clewiston Theater

100 E. Sugarland Highway,
Clewiston, FL 33440

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Previously operated by: Floyd Theaters

Architects: Chester A. Cone

Functions: Medical Center

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Dixie Crystal Theater, Mann's Clewiston Theater

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A 1941 Art Moderne style theater located in the center of the sugar production area of Florida, and across Sugarland Highway from the historic Clewiston Inn. “Iron Man” was the attraction when I passed by recently, and an exterior sign offered the theater for sale for $355,000. The Clewiston Theater was closed in September 2011.

It was soon reopened and featured live bands, as well as first run and independent movies. It was closed again by early-2015.

Contributed by Paul Noble

Recent comments (view all 16 comments)

Patsy on July 12, 2008 at 11:33 am

When I lived in south Florida I traveled through Clewiston many times, but never noticed this theatre as I, unfortunately, wasn’t into theatres then! Darn!

Patsy on July 12, 2008 at 11:34 am

Too bad it was twinned though.

jtrapp on January 29, 2009 at 4:30 pm

My boyfriend and I took a trip to see SW florida from the Orlando area and spend 2 nights in Clewiston. The theater inside was the strangest thing I think I’ve every seen. We walked up like half a flight of stairs to what I can only call a balcony with maybe about 40 – 50 seats. There was no way our screen had 176 seats in it.

When we sat down we were literary eye to eye with the screen and felt like we could reach out and touch it. Not sure what the other screen was like but this was strange. We saw Transformers so it wasn’t too long ago.

rivest266 on November 13, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Facebook page at says it closed in September

HistoricClay on January 17, 2012 at 6:31 am

They are open and is running strong, there are two screens and its being even redone inside again, here is there facebook site: here is there web site:

wizardtroy on March 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Is it still there? I remember going over there to rebuild the projector in screen 1 & adding surround sound with more speakers & installing screen 2. The surround sound scared everybody because of the sound update,,, LOL… It was soo real…

Chris1982 on February 19, 2015 at 11:46 pm

This theatre is closed again. Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 25, 1998 Reference number 98001202 Architectural style Modern Movement: Moderne Areas of significance Architecture; Entertainment/Recreation Level of significance Local Evaluation criteria A – Event; B – Person; C – Design/Construction Property type Building Historic function Theater Current function Theater Period of significance 1925-1949 Significant year 1941.

David_Schneider on June 12, 2018 at 12:59 pm

From the Greyhound bus I rode by on on June 11th, 2018, I could see this theatre is now the location of Captivating Dental Care.

I wonder how much of the interior is still an intact theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 26, 2018 at 12:58 pm

The NRHP registration form for this theater (PDF here) says that it was designed by Palm Beach architect Chester A. Cone, who also designed the Prince Theatre in Pahokee. The registration form also has information about several other movie theaters in the region. It also notes that this was the second location for the Dixie Crystal Theatre, the first house of its name having been opened in 1934.

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