Buccaneers Cinema Bar & Grill

8625 W. Hillsborough Avenue,
Tampa, FL 33615

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Functions: Bingo Hall

Previous Names: Palace Cinema and Pub Buccaneer Square, Buccaneer Palace Cinema and Pub

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Located in the Buccaneer Square shopping center. The Palace Cinema & Pub Buccaneer Square was opened on March 8, 1984 with William Hurt in “Gorky Park”. In the mid-1980’s it was twinned.

It was renovated in 1992, and closed in 1997. It then became the Buccaneers Cinema Bar & Grill on December 17, 1999. It was closed on July 9, 2000 with Anna Faris in “Scary Movie” & Breckin Meyer in “Road Trip”.

Contributed by Andy

Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 20, 2010 at 5:43 pm

I wrote somewhere to you that I had even tried calling a couple of times. Left a message,not reply. I do know Charlie Noble an old Projectionist,Nick introduced me to,and while he doesnt’t get on the computer I can drop him a line and will. I have known Nick since the mid 90’s.Met a Western Film Convention.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on April 29, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Help me out here, I’m a little confused with the location, and the Google Map sure dosen’t help.

It puts the cinema right in the middle of Hillsborough and Sheldon Road along with Ribley Chiropractic, which has an address of 8525, that makes no sense.

It would fit in between 8615 Dollar General and 8635 Castellano DMD, so it could have been in those big buildings in back, but Bilmar Station is 8501 and Auldi is 8521?

Is what is now Hillsborough Square Shopping Center what used to be Buccaneer Square Shopping Center?

I hope someone can explain this all to me.



AndyCallahanMajorMajor on April 29, 2010 at 9:06 pm

I’m pretty sure it was in the shopping center on the northeast corner of Hillsborough and Sheldon/Memorial. I didn’t realize the center changed names. As for the exact location of the theater within the center, I don’t know.

Nunzienick on May 14, 2010 at 11:54 am

The address of 8625 W. Hillsborough Ave. is correct. The former cinema bar & grill entrance is now the entrance to Buccaneer Bingo. I’m not certain if this cinema opened as a single-screen or twin. The only movie I remember seeing here was “Back to the Future” around 1986 and at that time it was a twin. The main cinema was fairly large with a nice-size screen. The much smaller twin was located to the right of the main cinema. I’m almost certain the space now occupied by Family Dollar Store was were the second screen was located. Here’s a photo of the entrance to Buccaneer Bingo…the former cinema bar & grill:
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 14, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Hard to even picture a theatre there.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 26, 2010 at 10:28 am

Thanks Andy.Miss those REAL ads.

dallasmovietheaters on September 15, 2021 at 12:40 pm

The Palace Cinema and Pub: Buccaneer Square opened March 8, 1984 with “Gorky Park.” The name was tweaked within a year to the Buccaneer Palace Cinema and Pub. The venue was then twinned becoming the Buccaneer Palace Cinema Pubs. By the end of 1987, it was operating as the Buccaneer Square Palace Cinema Pubs.

On November 19, 1999, the venue changed names if not operators to Buccaneers Cinema Bar & Grill with an official Grand Opening held on December 17, 1999. The theatre closed permanently on July 9, 2000 with “Scary Movie” and “Road Trip.” Three days later, the entire venue was auctioned off including its projectors.

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